Amanda Hall Sets New School Record on Floor Exercise

Amanda Hall

DURHAM, N.H. --- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team dropped its first meet of the season, losing to Brigham Young University on Saturday night 193.925-195.025 at Lundholm Gymnasium. Despite a tough loss, junior Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) set a new university record on floor with a 9.975.

Hall won the all-around competition with a season-high score of 39.425, earning herself a spot in the record books in a tie for fourth place. Senior co-captain Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) came in fourth in the competition, scoring a 38.675.

Starting the meet out on vault, the Wildcats (3-1) earned a total 48.9 points. Hall earned the first-place accolade with a season-high score of 9.9, tying with Brigham Young's Jaime Mabray. Senior Tara Phillips (Houston, Texas) was the next-highest finisher for the 'Cats with a fifth-place finish at 9.825. James and sophomore Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) also had solid performances for the Wildcats, earning scores of 9.8 and 9.75, respectively.

The 'Cats moved on to their second rotation on uneven bars, where they had their hardest routines of the night and were forced to count two falls. Hall earned another first-place finish for the 'Cats with her score of 9.8. James came in fourth with a 9.775, while freshman Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) came in fifth with a 9.725.

UNH had a better outing on beam tonight than in past meets, finishing the event with a total 48.225. Junior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) was the 'Cats top finisher with her fourth-place routine that earned her a score of 9.775. Freshman Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Hall shared fifth place with matching scores of 9.75.

On the final rotation on floor, Hall earned the top placement of the night, scoring a total 9.975. Her score earned her an easy first-place finish and a UNH school record. The previous record of 9.95 was also set by Hall in 2004 competition. James earned second place with her strong routine, scoring a 9.875. Porter came in fifth for her performance, scoring a 9.825.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Jan. 29th at 1 p.m. at Pittsburgh. The team will return home Feb. 12 at the Whittemore Center Arena to host the Fox Run Invitational at 6 p.m.

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