EAST LANSING, Mich. - The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team registered a 193.100 score Saturday night at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational held at Jenison Field House. The host Spartans won the meet with a score of 195.700, followed by Illinois-Chicago (194.875) and Ball State (193.275).
"I think illness and injury hurt our confidence going into the floor excercise tonight," said head coach Gail Goodspeed. "We have to learn how to compete away from home."
Junior Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) placed third in the all-around competition with a score of 38.600. MSU's Christy Linder and Anna Hunsinger captured the top two spots. Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) (38.275) and Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) (37.125) placed fourth and fifth.
Wagner was tops for the 'Cats on vault, registering a 9.725. Freshman Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) scored a personal best 9.7 in the event as UNH posted a 48.350, just .025 off of their season-high. James performed a vault called a quervo for the first time Saturday night.
Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) and Tara Phillips (Houston, Texas) were in a six-way tie for third on the uneven bars with a 9.8 score. The tally matched Beak's career-best, while it tied a season-high for Phillips. Again, the 'Cats were just .025 off a season-best team score, recording a 48.525.
Katie Revis (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and Harley led UNH on the balance beam, posting a 9.8 to enter a five-way tie for third. Wagner posted a 9.75 subbing for Jayne Propert (Bradley Beach, N.J.) who was forced to sit out with the flu. The 'Cats scored a 48.575 as a team.
The 'Cats opened on floor, where they posted a 47.650 score. Revis was UNH's high scorer in the event with a 9.775, followed by Dickson's 9.725.
"After being home for three weeks, we started rough on the floor. I was proud of the way we came back and performed well in the other three events," said Goodspeed.
The final Wildcat home meet is next Saturday, March 2 when the 'Cats host Pitt, West Virginia and Yale. That meet is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. The meet will be the final home meet for seniors Revis and Wagner.