BATON ROUGE, La. - The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team finished fifth at the NCAA Central Regional Saturday night at the Maravich Assembly Center on the campus of Louisiana State University. The ‘Cats posted a score of 193.075 in a meet that was won by host No. 6 LSU with a score of 196.450.
Saturday’s meet concludes a 2002 season that saw UNH post an 8-7 mark during the regular season, qualify for their 21st-consecutive NCAA Regional and finish fifth at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League championships. The ‘Cats, whose 16-gymnast roster contains eight freshmen, loses just two seniors to graduation, Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) and Katie Revis (Putnam Valley, N.Y.).
Wagner was UNH’s top all-arounder, posting a score of 38.975 for the four events. Her score was good for seventh among all-arounders. Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) had a four-event total of 38.850, while Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) also competed in all four events, posting a 38.575 score.
The Wildcats opened on the balance beam, where they posted a mark of 47.950. Harley was the top Wildcat in the event, posting a 9.75 score. UNH was forced to count a fall on the beam.
After a bye, New Hampshire competed on floor exercise, where it registered a 48.550. Wagner posted a career-high 9.875. Dickson and freshman Michelle Totz (Whitby, Ontario) checked in with scores of 9.725.
UNH narrowly missed a season-high on vault, recording a 48.550, just .25 shy of the ‘Cats top season mark. Wagner led the Wildcats with a 9.775, matching her career-best. Tara Phillips (Houston, Texas) and Dickson each recorded judgments of 9.75.
The ‘Cats had another bye before finishing the competition on the uneven bars. UNH totaled 48.050 in the event, led by Dickson’s 9.725 and Wagner’s 9.675 scores.