INDIANAPOLIS – University of New Hampshire gymnasts Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.), Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) each qualified for the 2013 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, it was announced Monday. The Wildcat trio will compete at the Morgantown Regional, hosted by West Virginia, on Saturday, April 6 (6 p.m.).
Fobes and Gray were selected as all-around competitors, while Barile qualified as an event specialist on vault and floor exercise. They will join other individual gymnasts and six teams in the Morgantown Regional: fifth-ranked and No. 1 seed Michigan; eighth-ranked and No. 2 seed Nebraska; 17th-ranked and No. 3 seed Illinois; 19th-ranked and No. 4 seed Kentucky; host and No. 5 seed West Virginia and No. 6 seed North Carolina.
Fobes is the Northeast's fifth-ranked all-around gymnast –and No. 1 among individuals whose teams did not qualify- with a Regional Qualifying Score of 39.130. The senior, who was tabbed UNH's team MVP during last Friday's East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship banquet, has a 9.800 vault RQS (tied for 19th in region), a 9.845 RQS on uneven bars (No. 9), a 9.790 RQS on balance beam (No. 13) and a 9.850 RQS on floor exercise (T-14th). At Saturday night's EAGL Championship, hosted by North Carolina, Fobes earned All-Tournament First Team on bars (T-2nd) and Second Team on vault (T-ninth), floor (T-13th) and all-around (13th). During the regular season she garnered All-EAGL First Team on bars and all-around while notching Second Team on vault, balance beam and floor exercise. Fobes finished in first place on bars five times as part of her team-leading 18 gold-medal performances. She was previously honored as a member of the All-EAGL First Team on bars (2012), floor (2011) and all-around (2011) and All-EAGL Second Team on bars (2011).
Gray scored a 9.875 to win the EAGL balance beam individual championship, becoming the first Wildcat to achieve that feat since Mariana Pena Trestini in 2006. The sophomore earned a berth on the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on beam, floor exercise and all-around to go along with Second Team on bars. The sophomore made it back-to-back years on the All-EAGL First Team for beam and registered seven individual beam victories among her nine total first-place scores. Gray is ranked second in the region on beam with a 9.885 RQS and is 10th in all-around with a 38.595 RQS.
Barile, who was feted as an All-EAGL First Team competitor on floor and Second Team on vault, earned a place on the All-Tournament First Team on floor and Second Team on vault this past weekend. The junior was UNH's most consistent performer in both events, posting a 9.815 RQS on vault (T-17th) and a 9.865 floor RQS (T-10th). Barile led or shared the Wildcats' top score on vault seven times and amassed four first-place finishes on floor.
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from the Morgantown Regional will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships, hosted by UCLA, from April 19-21. For more information, visit www.ncaa.com/wgymnastics. For more information on the UNH gymnastics program, visit www.unhwildcats.com.