UNH WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS TEAM BEATS SAN JOSE AND TEXAS WOMAN'S

SAN JOSE, CA.-The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team improved its record to 5-2, defeating Texas Woman's University and San Jose State. UNH scored yet another impressive team score of 194.975, beating San Jose's season high performance of 193.925 and Texas Woman's 191.025.

Sophomores Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) and Mariana Peña Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) were the top Wildcat gymnasts of the night with final all-around scores of 39.30 and 39.050, respectively. Peña Trestini was competing in her first all-around competition of the year.

The 'Cats had another outstanding night on vault, claiming the top finishes once again. Hall won first-place in the event, scoring a 9.875. Junior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) took home the second-place title (9.80) while freshman Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) finished in third (9.775).

Senior Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) had her best uneven bars routine of the year, breaking her previous season-high score of 9.85 on her way to claiming the title. Her score of 9.90 is the highest event score of the Wildcat 2004 season. Peña Trestini tied for second with San Jose's Shirla Choy with a score of 9.850.

On beam, Peña Trestini was the 'Cats top performer. Her resulting score of 9.90 tied her own season-high score set on January 16 versus the University of Missouri. San Jose's Amberly Klein and Greta Leach rounded out the remaining top finishers, scoring matching 9.850's.

The Wildcats had two gymnasts who took home accolades on the floor exercise. Hall and James tied for second with a 9.8, narrowly losing to San Jose's Brittney Pearson, who scored a 9.850.

UNH returns to action on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) at Michigan State at 7 p.m. The 'Cats will return 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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