New Hampshire gymnastics places second in quad meet

KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team recorded a season-high 194.65 points to defeat the University of Rhode Island (193.25) and Yale University (192.3), but West Virginia University edged the Wildcats with a score of 195.25 to win the meet, which was hosted by Rhode Island.

UNH (7-2) recorded the highest team score of the competition on the beam with 48.9 points. Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) and Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) were the top Wildcat performers on the apparatus as they both set career-highs in a tie for third place at 9.850. Rose Kosowski (Whitesboro, N.Y.) placed sixth in the event at 9.825.

Kosowski, who finished fourth in the all-around with a personal-best score of 39.175, led the 'Cats on the floor (9.85) and uneven bars (career-high 9.925) with third-place finishes in both events.

Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) was the top UNH gymnast on the vault and finished second overall with her mark of 9.75. The vault was second in the rotation for New Hampshire, which recorded a team score of 48.275.

The Wildcats began the meet on floor, where they posted a score of 48.65. Wendy Wheaton (Rockville, Md.) and Wagner tied for fifth place at 9.775.

After competing on the vault, UNH moved on to the bars and finished with 48.825 points. Wheaton's sixth-place finish (9.85) followed Kosowski's effort.

UNH closed strong on the beam, but it wasn't enough to catch West Virginia.

The New Hampshire gymnastics team returns to action Feb. 10 against Massachusetts. Meet time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.

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