PORETZ REPRESENTS UNH AT NCAA WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

ATHENS, GA-Senior all-arounder Suzanne Poretz (Alexandria, Va.) of the University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team, finished 36th in the overall all-around competition with a four-event score of 38.525 as an individual at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship preliminaries held at the University of Georgia Thursday afternoon.

Poretz, who was named the EAGL Co-Gymnast of the Year and was an EAGL Academic All-American in 2001, began the meet on vault where she recorded a 9.5.

On bars, she checked in with a 9.575.

On the balance beam, which is usually her strongest event, she recorded a judgement of 9.70, good for second place among the first-round individual competitors.

In the floor exercise, she recorded her highest score of the afternoon with a 9.75.

"This was a great meet and it was a tremendous experience to be able to represent UNH at a national level,"said Poretz. "I had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed having both my family and the coaching staff here with me."

"Suzanne hit all of her sets and she represented the University well at nationals," said 22nd-year head coach Gail Goodspeed. "This was a great way for her to end her career as a Wildcat."

While Poretz was successful individually at the meet, it is unlikely that she will qualify to compete in the finals, according to Goodspeed.

Poretz competed in the first six of 12 total teams. As a result, it will not be known where she finishes overall in the all-around competition until late tonight after the second round of six, which begins at 7 p.m. All results of the meet are available live on the University of Georgia website at www.georgiadogs.com.

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