PITTSBURGH— The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team placed sixth out of eight participating teams at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League championships on Saturday evening at the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
The first-place squad was West Virginia (197.050), followed by North Carolina (196.725), North Carolina State (196.6), Pittsburgh (196.05), Maryland (196.025), the Wildcats (195.95), Towson (194.650), and Rutgers (192.475).
The Wildcats began the EAGL meet on the uneven bars, the event that has caused them the most trouble this season and UNH shook off its early-meet jitters suffering no falls and only a few minor mistakes. Leading the squad on bars was senior all-arounder Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.), who recorded a judgement of 9.85. Also performing well in the event for the ‘Cats was senior Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) with a 9.825. As a team UNH posted a 48.925. The high for the team on the season was a 49.175. After each team had finished one rotation, the Wildcats were in fifth place.
Following a bye in the second-rotation, UNH took its turn on balance beam, hitting all but one of its routines. Leading the way was sophomore all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) with a team-best 9.825. freshman Jaime deMello (Milton, Mass.) also nailed her routine with a 9.8 for the ‘Cats. UNH’s team score was a 48.8 and the Wildcats were remained in a tie for fifth place with a two-event total of 97.725, however, the team would finish the meet with two of its best events.
Following its second bye, UNH moved to floor where the scores were much higher than in the team’s first two events. In fact, UNH had only one score below 9.8 and two above a 9.9. The best floor routine for the Wildcats was turned in by Hall, who was nearly perfect with a 9.95, placing her in a tie for second overall. Also exciting the UNH contingent of fans was freshman Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) with a 9.925, which was a season-high for her and good for a tie for fourth overall. As a team, UNH recorded an impressive mark of 49.4 in the floor exercise, which tied the UNH record set vs. Vermont in 2001. The Wildcats remained in fifth place after three events, but had closed the gap significantly against the top teams. UNH had a team score of 147.125 and the top team through three events was West Virginia with a mark of 147.575.
Following its third and final bye, UNH finished the meet on the vault.with mixed results. The hightlight of the event for the ‘Cats was a pair of 9.9 performances by Hall and Moore. Moore’s mark was a season-best, surpassing her previous high of 9.875. UNH finished the event with a total of 48.825.
In the all-around competition, Hall was the top performer for the ‘Cats with a 39.4 for seventh place overall and Moore was not far behind with a 39.375 for eighth place.