Despite recording its 6th highest team score in history, the University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team fell to the University of Missouri Tigers 196.05-195.60. Freshman Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) took home first place in the all-around, while sophomore Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) captured the best scores of the night on beam and floor exercise.
The Wildcats began their first rotation on vault with the younger gymnasts proving themselves to be just as tough as the seasoned veterans. Sophomore Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) set the standard in front of her home crowd of 331 with a 9.90, taking home a first-place finish overall on the event. Moore and freshman Jamie deMello (Milton, Mass.) also stepped up to the plate, contributing scores of 9.85 and 9.75, respectively.
UNH moved on to the uneven bars, where the team score was lowered due to two falls. Senior captain Jennifer Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) captured a first-place finish on the event with a score of 9.85. Pena Trestini also had a successful home-opener with a 9.825, and a third-place title. With a cumulative score of 48.30 on the bars, the 'Cats trailed the Tigers 97.975 to 97.275 and were never able to close the deficit.
Pena Trestini continued her own successful streak posting the top score of the night on beam with a 9.90. In capturing the beam title, her score significantly topped a former personal beam high of 9.425. Hall also contributed generously to her team's beam score with a 9.875, and a third-place finish in the event.
Moving on to the final rotation, the 'Cats needed to step things up on floor. UNH did just that, as the top five scores of the night went to Wildcat gymnasts. Pena Trestini earned herself another first-place accolade with a 9.90, while Dickson and Hall tied for second with matching scores of 9.875. Junior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) and Moore also posted identical scores of 9.850.
The UNH gymnastics team is back in action Jan. 23 at Towson with Wilson College, and return home on Jan. 31 to face Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.