DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team started its final home meet versus Towson University by honoring the senior members of the team - Wendy Wheaton (Rockville, Md.), Suzanne Poretz (Alexandria, Va.), Rose Kosowski (Whitesboro, N.Y.), and student assistant Alicia Gomes - and their parents. The Wildcats ended Saturday afternoon's meet with a final score of 194.875 to 194.625 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
After their first rotation, the Tigers were leading UNH by five tenths of a point. Jenn Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) had the team high score vault, a 9.7, on the vault. UNH went on to its second rotation on the uneven bars hoping to pull ahead. Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.), Poretz and Wheaton lead the team with scores of 9.8 for both Harley and Poretz, and 9.85 for Wheaton. Even with these scores, the Wildcats trailed Towson by two tenths of a point.
In their third event, the Cats came back strong on the balance beam, being led by freshman Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) who posted a 9.9, her season high, as well as the event high score. Poretz was just behind Beak with a score of 9.875. Going into the fourth rotation the Cats had a lead of 146.225 - 145.625. Wheaton recorded a 9.875 on the floor exercise, the event high score, to help New Hampshire hold off Towson, which registered a 49.000 on the beam.
Towson led the meet in the all-around competition as Jenn Baierlein and Kristen Presutti tied for top honors with a score of 39.175. Poretz held third place at 39.150.
UNH returns to action March 9 (7 p.m.) at Louisiana State. Also competing at the meet is West Virginia and Michigan State.