UNH WOMEN GYMNASTS WIN FOX RUN INVITATIONAL TITLE
Amanda Hall

Leading the way once again for the Wildcats was senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.), who placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 38.625, not far behind Minnesota's Ashley Mutchler (38.750) who took first place.

The highlight of the meet for Hall was an outstanding performance in the floor exercise, as she posted a first-place score of 9.9, tying the highest score of the night by any gymnast. Hall also took first-place honors in the vault with a 9.85 and was UNH's top finisher on bars with a score of 9.8 for fourth place.

Beam, an event that had been difficult on UNH in earlier meets, was a strength in the Fox Run Invitational, as the Wildcats nailed the top five score of the meet. First-place honors went to senior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) with a 9.85, followed by senior Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) with a 9.75 and junior Jaime DeMello (Milton, Mass.) with a 9.75. Sophomore Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and senior Lindsay Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) rounded out the top-five effort with identical scores of 9.725.

On bars, Minnesota was strong, taking the top three spots overall. In addition to fourth-place by Hall, Trestini was also fourth in the event with a 9.8.

In vault, Jones posted a personal-best with a second-place judgement of 9.75.

Also checking in with a top personal mark was freshman Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.), who placed in a tie for fourth in the vault with an impressive 9.75 effort.

The Wildcats will face a tough test coming up on the road as they travel to battle Michigan on Feb. 17 followed by Michigan State on Feb. 18. The next home meet for UNH is set for March 4, when the squad entertains Penn State. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets can be purchased online at www.unhwildcats.com/athletics.

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