UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE MOURNS THE LOSS OF OUTSTANDING GYMNAST AND STUDENT KATIE BALDWIN

DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire gymnast Katie Baldwin, 20, died early Saturday morning, nearly five days after she collapsed in the weight room of the UNH Field House. She was being treated at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital for a pulmonary embolism.

Baldwin, a junior majoring in biology/pre-med, is the daughter of Stephen and Rebecca Baldwin, of Dover, Pa. In addition to being an exceptional athlete, she also was an accomplished scholar, said Marty Scarano, UNH athletic director. Baldwin had been on the UNH Deans List for four consecutive semesters and had earned other academic honors.

"Katie's loss is not just a loss to the gymnastics program, but to the entire university," said UNH President Joan Leitzel, who has attended several of the gymnastics meets. "We are all deeply saddened by her death."

Baldwin had been lifting weights with her teammates Monday, when she collapsed at approximately 5 p.m. She was taken by ambulance to Dover's Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, and then transferred to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Tuesday afternoon, she was moved to Brigham and Women s Hospital in Boston, where she remained in a coma and in critical condition.

According to Kim Billings, director of the News Bureau, staff from the university's Counseling Center have been meeting with Baldwin's teammates, classmates, professors and coaches all week. She added the UNH Crisis Response Team has been meeting regularly since Monday night to identify additional groups of students and faculty who may need counseling.

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