EAST LANSING, Mich. – The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team placed second in a three-team meet at Michigan State University on Saturday night. Although posting an overall score of 195.125, the ‘Cats lost to the host team who scored 195.725. George Washington University placed third for the night with 193.55. UNH’s record now lies at 6-3.
Freshman Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was the top finisher of the night, claiming the all-around title with 38.90 points. Sophomore Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) placed second overall with a 38.825.
On vault, Hall was able to add one more accolade to her growing collection of vaulting awards. Hall won the event with her score of 9.875. Finishing in second place was junior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.), who contributed 9.775 points in the event.
The Wildcats moved on to their second rotation on bars, where senior Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) was the star of the night. Beak’s near-flawless routine earned the ‘Cats 9.90 points. This is the second consecutive meet where Beak has earned a 9.90 score. Senior co-captain Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) tied for a close second scoring a 9.85.
The ‘Cats performed on the beam for their third rotation. Junior Lindsay Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) was UNH’s first competitor on the event, and earned the team’s highest score with a 9.85. Berrios debuted for the first time this season, after coming back from injuries dating back to her freshman year. Berrios’ score assured a second-place finish in the event. Sophomore Mariana Peña Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) rounded out the top three finishers with a score of 9.825.
Even with a great showing on floor, Hall’s fourth-place score of 9.875 was UNH’s best placement. James (9.85) tied for fifth, while Moore and senior co-captain Brie McNamara (Haymarket, Va.) earned matching ninth-place finishes with scores of 9.775.
Despite the disappointing second-place finish, head coach Gail Goodspeed is not upset with her team’s performance. “We had a great meet. We only had to count one fall tonight on beam. We are a definitely a better team than the score showed.”
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. to host the annual Fox Run Invitational. The event will be held at the Whittemore Center Arena.