UNH Gymnastics Wins Fox Run Invitational

DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team improved to 7-1 overall as the team defeated Bowling Green State University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.

The Wildcats placed first on three of the four events as senior Cara Lepper (Southington, Conn.) won the uneven bars and the balance beam.

On the vault, freshman Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) placed first with a career high 9.800. Bowling Green gymnasts Marny Oestreng and Amber Curry placed second and third respectively.

Lepper took first on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.850. There was a three way tie for second place between Wildcat Suzanne Poretz (Alexandria, Va.), Oestreng and Gillian Cote of Maryland. The Wildcats also received a strong performance from Harley who finished with a 9.775 for fifth place.

Lepper continued her winning ways on the balance beam as she scored a season high 9.950. George Washington took the next two spots as Devin McCalla and Jessica Mantak scored a 9.875 and 9.850 respecively. Poretz placed fourth with a 9.825 and sophomore Katie Revis (Putnam Valley, N.Y.)finished sixth with a personal best 9.775.

In the floor exercise competition, Maryland gymnast Jill Fisher scored a 9.925 for first place and McCalla took second with a 9.850. Wildcats Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) and Rose Kosowski (Whitesboro, N.Y.) tied for third with scores of 9.825. Wagner's score was a personal best.

McCalla won the all-around with a score of 39.225 and Oestreng finished second with a score of 39.050. Poretz came in at third with a career high of 39.025 and Harley finished fifth with a score of 38.750.

UNH travels to Florida on Friday where the team will take on the Gators, Nebraska and Towson University. The meet is set for 7 p.m.

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