UNH WOMEN GYMNASTS WIN FIVE-TEAM COLONIAL CLASSIC MEET
Amanda Hall

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team defeated four teams to win the Colonial Classic at George Washington University on Saturday afternoon with a team score of 192.95 at the Smith Center

"I was really proud that our team was able to recover from getting to our hotel rooms at 3:30 a.m. due to travel and still go out and defeat some strong gymnastics teams," said UNH head gymnastics coach Gail Goodspeed. "Once again we performed well in three of four events and had a couple of mistakes on beam. We are hoping we will be able to peak at the just the right time iwth a home meet next weekend and the EAGL championships just around the corner."

Placing second in the meet was the host school GWU (192.323), followed by the University of Kentucky (192.3), Yale (188.4) and James Madison (185.325).

Leading the way for the Wildcats was Amanda Hall with a first-place 38.650 score in the all-around competition.. Hall took first-place honors overall in the vault with a high score of 9.825. UNH also had three gymnasts tie for fourth place in vault with scores of 9.725.

In the bars competition it was Mariana Pena Trestini winning the first-place honors overall with a meet-best score of 9.875. She was followed closely in third place by Hall with a 9.85.

Jaime de Mello just missed earning first place on beam but was the top finisher for UNH in second place with a 9.675. Freshman Beth Bronson tied for third place with a judgement of 9.650.

In the floor exercise it was Hall finishing on top for the Wildcats with a 9.750 to tie for fourth place.

The team will host its final home gymnastics meet this coming Saturday when the squad entertains Towson and Brown. The meet begins at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. The team will travel to compete in the EAGL championships on March 25 at North Carolina State. UNH will be the host of the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Sat., April 9 at 6 p.m.

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