DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team posted their top score of the season, 195.275, as they defeated West Virginia (193.075), Pittsburgh (192.575) and Yale (192.100) in front of a season-high 1,634 at Lundholm Gymnasium Saturday afternoon. The score matched the third-highest in Wildcat history, achieved last season against Vermont.
UNH also posted a school-record 49.200 on the balance beam. The previous record was a 49.075, set last season against Towson University.
Junior Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) placed second in the all-around and led UNH with a personal-best 39.175. She recorded career-highs on bars (9.875), and floor (9.9) and matched her career-high on the balance beam (9.85). Sophomore Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) competed in the all-around for the first time in her career Saturday and placed third with a 39.150. West Virginia's Kristen Macrie (39.350) placed first in the all-around.
UNH kicked off with a 48.325 on vault. Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.), Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) and Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) all recorded scores of 9.725. The mark was a season-high for freshman James.
On the uneven bars, the 'Cats posted a season-high 48.925. Dickson took the top spot in the event, while Beak's career-best 9.850 was good for second. Harley tied for fifth with a mark of 9.800.
New Hampshire took five of the top eight spots in their school-record performance on the balance beam. Beak tied for top honors with a 9.875 with WVU's Amanda Halovanic. Dickson and Jayne Propert (Bradley Beach, N.J.) tied with a 9.85 for fifth while Harley (9.825) and Katie Revis (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) (9.800) placed seventh and eighth respectively.
The Wildcats had to count three out-of-bounds penalties of 0.1 each on the floor exercise as they recorded a score of 48.825. Dickson's 9.9 was good for third overall, while Beak had a personal-best 9.825.
The meet was the final home meet for seniors Revis and Wagner. Both were honored before the start of Saturday's competition.
The Wildcats return to action next Friday night (March 8) when they travel to Towson for a dual meet. That meet is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.