GAINESVILLE, Fla.--The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team placed third at the University of Florida meet with a team score of 193.575. The University of Nebraska won the meet with a score of 196.275 and the Gators finished second with a score of 196.025. Towson University took fourth with a score of 191.725. The Wildcats are now 8-3 overall.
UNH started the meet on the balance beam and had to count a fall and a missed set as the team tallied a score of 47.95 on the apparatus. The top performer for the ‘Cats was senior tri-captain Cara Lepper (Southington, Conn.) who scored a 9.75 for a tie in 11th place.
The Wildcats next moved over to the floor exercise. Junior Wendy Wheaton (Rockville, Md.) placed sixth with a score of 9.825. The team finished with an event score of 48.825.
Wheaton continued her strong performance on the vault where she took ninth with a score of 9.775 and freshman Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) had a 9.725. The total team score on vault was a 48.4.
Entering the last event, UNH was only 0.70 of a point behind Florida, but the Gators pulled away from the Wildcats.
The Wildcats matched the vault team score of 48.4 on the uneven bars. Lepper tied for fourth on the event with a 9.800 and junior Suzanne Poretz (Alexandria, Va.) checked in with a 9.75. Poretz tied for eighth place on the event.
In the all-around competition, Harley scored a 38.825 and Poretz finished with a 38.775.
"It was the first real test we’ve had away from home," said head coach Gail Goodspeed. "It’s right where we should be."
UNH will face Bowling Green State University, Southeast Missouri University and Michigan State University at the Michigan State Invitational on February 26. The meet is set for 7 p.m.