STATE COLLEGE, Pa.- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team fell to Penn State University Saturday night, 193.800 to 191.750, despite a first place finish (38.900) in the all-around by senior assistant captain Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.). Junior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) finished fifth in the all-around with a score of 38.400.
" The good thing about tonight's meet is that the team knows that we have the ability to hit the same level as Penn State," said Head Coach Gail Goodspeed. "We just didn't do that tonight."
The Wildcats began the meet on bars, where UNH's top finisher was freshman Mariana Pena-Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) with a score of 9.675, a new personal best, finishing fifth.
New Hampshire moved to vault for the second rotation. Freshman Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) posted a 9.900, a new personal best, to win the event and led the 'Cats to defeat PSU 48.525 to 48.075 in the rotation. Dickson placed fifth on vault with a score of 9.725.
For the third rotation, UNH competed in the floor exercise. Hall and Dickson placed fifth and sixth respectively with scores of 9.750 and 9.700.
The Wildcats completed the meet on beam. Dickson posted a 9.825 to take third place while James' score of 9.750 earned her fifth.
New Hampshire is on the road again next Friday at Pittsburgh before returning home to host the Fox Run Invitational held at the Whittemore Center February 15 at 7 p.m.