MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – University of New Hampshire sophomore gymnast Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored a 9.825 on balance beam to finish in a fifth-place tie Saturday night during the National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Morgantown Regional, hosted by West Virginia University.
Gray, the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) beam champion who joined Wildcat teammates Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) as individual competitors, placed 0.750 points behind co-winners Alina Weinstein of Illinois and Katie Zurales of Michigan.
Competing as an all-arounder, Gray added a 9.675 on vault and a 9.600 on uneven bars for 37th place in both events to go along with a 9.725 on floor exercise (tie-23rd) for an all-around mark of 38.825 (13th).
Fobes, who was competing as a collegian for the final time, bounced back after a low vault score (8.950, 42nd) to register a 9.775 on bars (tie-17th), a 9.700 on beam (tie-27th), a 9.775 on floor (tie-13th) and a 38.200 on all-around (16th).
Barile, an event specialist, totaled a 9.775 on vault (tie-24th) and a 9.125 on floor (38th).
Michigan won the Morgantown Regional with a 196.725 to edge Big Ten rival Illinois (196.025) for the championship. The Wolverines and the Illini will compete at the 2013 NCAA Gymnastics Championships on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles on April 19-21.
For more information on the UNH gymnastics team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.