UNH Gymnastics Defeats Rhode Island, 194.900-193.375

DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team improved to 4-1 overall as the team defeated the University of Rhode Island by a score of 194.900-193.375 Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Rhode Island falls to 3-3 on the season.

The Wildcats scored the highest point total this season, as the team scored a 194.70 against Penn State in January. The total score is the third highest team score in school history.

UNH started off well, with all five gymnasts hitting their sets on the vault. Senior Kathy Thickman (Glastonbury, Conn.), junior Rose Kosowski (Whitesboro, N.Y.) and junior Wendy Wheaton (Rockville, Md.) all scored season highs with a 9.600, 9.600 and a 9.825 respectively. Sophomore Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) matched a season high with a 9.725.

Rhode Island received strong performances on the vault from Jen Iacoi and Marissa Medal, who both scored 9.725 respectively.

On the uneven bars, the Wildcats hit five of six sets and took the top three spots. Senior Cara Lepper (Southington, Conn.) and Wheaton tied for first place with 9.875s and freshman Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) placed third with a 9.800, a personal best.

UNH next moved to the balance beam where five of six gymnasts hit their sets and the ‘Cats placed first and second. Lepper tied a season high with a 9.900 and junior Suzanne Poretz (Alexandria, Va.) added a 9.825. Harley and senior Lisa Koning (Orlando, Fla.) finished tied for fourth with Ram gymnast Marissa Medal with a score of 9.725. Rhode Island gymnast Luci West took the third spot with a 9.750.

On the final event, the floor exercise, Wheaton tied for first with Rams Medal and Kelly Labowitz with scores of 9.800. Harley and Kosowski tied for fourth with 9.775s. Freshman Erin Malinak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored a career high 9.700.

Harley won the all-around competition with a 39.025, the fourth highest mark in team history. Medal took second place with a 38.575 and Kosowski finished third with a personal best of 38.525.

The Wildcats will host the UNH Fox Run Invitational next weekend on February 12 at the Whittemore Center. The meet is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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