UNH GYMNASTICS TOPS CONFERENCE RIVAL NC STATE

Pena Trestini and Hall Tie School Record on Floor

Mariana Pena Trestini

DURHAM, N.H.--- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team beat out conference rival North Carolina State on Saturday night 195.125-193.850. The Wildcats, who posted their best score of the season, were led by a variety of gymnasts including juniors Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) and Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) who tied the school record on floor with matching scores of 9.975.

Hall led the all-around competition for the Wildcats, scoring a 39.125 and finishing in second place for the night. Senior co-captain Vanessa James finished in third place with her season-high all-around score of 38.825.

The 'Cats started the meet out strongly, posting a total score of 49.0. Hall led the squad, sharing the first-place title with her score of 9.875. James was close behind with a 9.825, while Tara Phillips (Houston, Texas) rounded out the top three Wildcat performances with a 9.8. Sophomore Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) placed sixth with a 9.775

Moving on to the uneven bars, UNH put together their strongest outing of the season thanks to a handful of personal-best routines. The Wildcats claimed the top five finishes of the night. Hall shared the event title with Pena Trestini, both posting season-high scores of 9.875. James placed third with a season-high 9.825, while freshman Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) rounded out the top five with season-high scores of 9.8 and 9.775, respectively.

The 'Cats made things close with two falls on beam, but were able to put together some solid routines. Senior co-captain Vanessa Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) shared the event-title with her contribution of 9.825. Bronson placed close behind with her personal-best beam routine (9.775). Pena Trestini was the next-best finisher for the 'Cats, placing seventh with a score of 9.675.

Closing out the meet on floor, the Wildcats were able to pull out of reach of Wolfpack. Pena Trestini and Hall shared the event title with school record-tying scores of 9.975. James placed third for the squad, tying her season-high score of 9.875. Freshman Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) placed fifth with a personal best of her own with 9.775 points.

The 'Cats have quite the road trip ahead of them, returning to action Sat. Feb. 25 at Missouri at 7 p.m. for the annual Cat Classic. The 'Cats will return home March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Lundholm Gymnasium to honor their seniors in the last home meet of the year.

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