UNH Gymnastics Places SECOND at 25th Annual Cat Classic

Hall earns all-around title with score of 39.25

Amanda Hall

COLUMBIA, Mo.--- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team placed second at the 25th annual Cat Classic meet Friday night, scoring a 192.85. The University of Missouri hosted and won the quad-team meet scoring a 195.25. Towson State (192.65) finished in third place, while Illinois State (187.9) placed fourth. Junior Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) won the all-around competition, scoring a 39.25.

Starting the meet out on bars, the Wildcats put together solid routines to earn a total 47.975 in the event. Hall earned a first-place tie for her performance, scoring a 9.775. Freshman Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) placed sixth with a score of 9.65, and junior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) placed ninth with a 9.6 to round out the top finishers for the 'Cats.

The Wildcats took to the balance beam for their second rotation and had one of their better outings of the year. Pena Trestini had a season-high score of 9.875, earning her a first-place tie in the event. Senior Lindsay Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) came in right behind with her own season high of 9.825, posting a third-place finish. Hall scored a 9.75 to place seventh.

UNH moved to the floor for their third rotation and saw more strong routines from its gymnasts. Hall finished second in the event, scoring a 9.85. Senior co-captain Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) was the next-best finisher for the Wildcats, scoring a 9.75. Pena Trestini posted a 9.725 and freshman Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) scored a 9.7 to round out the top routines of the night.

Ending the night on vault, the Wildcats saw a potential victory slip out of reach as the squad received scores that were uncharacteristically lower than average. Hall pulled out a first-place tie with her score of 9.875, while sophomore Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) tied for seventh with a 9.75. Freshman Zoe Magiros (Parsippany, N.J.) was the next-best scorer for the 'Cats with a 9.65.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday Feb. 26 as the top individuals from team competition compete in the final rounds of the Cat Classic tournament at 7 p.m. UNH will see several gymnasts compete, including Hall, Pena Trestini, Jones, Porter, and L. Berrios.

After two more weeks on the road, the 'Cats will return to New Hampshire on Saturday, March 19 for their last regular-season meet of the year to host Towson and Brown. The meet begins at 7 p.m. and will take place in the Lundholm Gymnasium.

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