UNH WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS TEAM BEATS PITTSBURGH

DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team defeated the University of Pittsburgh by a score of 195.625 to 193.225 in front of a home crowd of 1,015. Sophomore Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) won the all-around competition, tying her own record of 39.45 set last year. Freshman Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) placed second, while Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) ended the night in third place with scores of 38.80, and 38.325, respectively.

The Wildcats started the evening out with a bang, beginning their first rotation on vault. Hall, Moore, and James all tied for second in the event with 9.850. Jaime deMello (Milton, Mass.) and Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) represented the freshman class with style, posting identical scores of 9.725. Overall, the 'Cats scored a total of 49 points on vault.

Although a tough event in the past weeks, UNH gymnasts performed their best routines of the night on uneven bars. The Wildcats took home the top four finishes on the way to a total event score of 49.05, with Hall (9.875) claiming the title. Senior Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) and Moore earned matching scores of 9.85. Senior co-captain Jennifer Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) rounded out the top finishers, scoring a 9.825.

The 'Cats claimed ownership of the beam, with four gymnasts again finishing at the top of the leader board. Junior Jayne Propert (Bradley Beach, N.J.) earned a first-place finish with her season-high score of 9.875. Junior Vanessa Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) and Hall shared the second place score with identical 9.850's, while sophomore Mariana Peña Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) ended the night in fourth place with a 9.80.

Moving on to their final rotation on floor, the Wildcats led Pittsburgh 146.70 to 144.25. Hall was UNH's top performer, earning a second-place finish with her 9.875. Moore and Peña Trestini (9.825's) tied for third overall, while Brie McNamara (Haymarket, Va.) finished in sixth place, tying her season-high score of 9.8.

The 'Cats now stand at 3-2, and will take on Texas Women's College at San Jose State on Feb. 6. UNH returns to action at home on Feb. 21 as the host of the annual Fox Run Invitational. The event will be held at the Whittemore Center Arena at 7 p.m.

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