DURHAM, N.H.-While the University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team was defeated by Penn State on Saturday afternoon (195.7-194.075), the Wildcat score was good enough to help improve the team's national average.
The Wildcats' 194.075 was a major improvement over the squad's last two team scores of 190.875 at West Virginia and 192.4 at Michigan State, which were lower after a flu bug swept through the team.
UNH was led by senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.), who posted a season-high four event score of 39.3. She took first place on vault with a 9.875 (tied season high), first in the floor exercise with a 9.9 (tied season high), third on bars with a 9.85, and fifth on beam, 9.675.
In addition to the outstanding performance by Hall, senior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) was tremendous once again as a three-event specialist. Pena posted a 9.9 on bars (season high) to earn first place for the 'Cats, tied for first on bars with a 9.775, and she tied with five other gymnasts for second place on floor with a 9.875 (tied season high).
Other strong performances for the Wildcats were turned in by freshman Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) who posted a personal-best in the floor exercise with a 9.875 and she placed fifth on vault with a score of 9.775. Sophomore Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) also recorded a personal-best of 9.775 on bars to tie for sixth place.
UNH's team score of 194.075 was its third-highest of the season with the squad's best mark being 194.375 in its own Fox Run Invitational.
The Wildcats will get right back into action again on Wed., Feb. 8, vs. Bridgeport. The final home meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gym. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.