AUBURN, ALA--University of New Hampshire senior Vanessa Berrios' (Long Pond, Pa.) collegiate career came to a close on Thursday afternoon as she performed her final routine on beam at the NCAA National Women's Gymnastics Championships held at Beard-Eaves Coliseum on the campus of Auburn University.
Berrios, who earned the opportunity to compete in the national spotlight after scoring a season-best 9.85 at the NCAA Northeast Regionals in Durham, N.H., posted a 9.1 as an individual performer on balance beam.
That score placed her 42nd out of 44 gymnasts in the early session of the meet and she does not advance any further into the championships.
Her appearance at the NCAA national championships was a great honor for Berrios, who joins only five other UNH gymnasts who have competed at that level individally. Lori Brady competed on vault from 1989-1992. Karen Olsson was an NCAA all-arounder in 1991, Nicole Mullins was invited on bars in 1992, Cara Lepper competed on beam in 1997 and Suzanne Poretz went to the NCAAs in 2001 as an all-arounder.
The Wildcat gymnastics program jumped from being ranked 41st in the nation up to 18th following its third-place finish in the NCAA Northeast Regionals on April 9.