WILDCAT GYMNASTS FINISH THIRD OUT OF FOUR TEAMS AT NC STATE
Mariana Pena Trestini

UNH posted a road score of 193.750, despite three falls on balance beam. The Wolfpack won the meet with a 194.625, followed by the University of Maryland (194.575) and fourth-place George Washington (193.250).

"This meet was a preview of what things will be like at EAGLS, said head coach Gail Goodspeed. "If we had not fallen on beam we could have won the meet with a 194.75, but it was good to see the team not let the falls on beam keep them from performing well the rest of the way. We will continue to bounce around the beam lineup until we find people who can stay on. We'll see what we can do on Sunday at North Carolina."

The Wildcats were most impressive on vault where UNH took the top two finishes. Senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) took first place with a season-high 9.925, while junior Jen Jones (Billerica, Mass.) finished second with a 9.850.

Specialist Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) had a big day for the 'Cats on both bars and beam as the top finisher for her team on bars with a 9.775 to tie for second place and she was tied for fourth in the floor exercise with a 9.825.

Freshman Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) continues to help the team, as she tied for fourth in the floor exercise with a 9.825, along with Pena Trestini.

While beam continues to give UNH problems, Goodspeed got a pleasant surprise as she placed Katelyn Schenkel (Pittsford, N.Y.) in the lineup and she made the most of the opportunity with a third-place finish overall on beam with a score of 9.775. Also performing well on beam was senior Lindsay Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) as she finished in a tie for fifth with a 9.750.

For the first time this season, Hall did not compete in the all-around due to a minor knee injury. As a result she did not compete in beam. She is expected to be fine and will be back in the all-around lineup on Sunday, March 19, when the Wildcats look to improve their team average at the University of North Carolina. That meet begins at 1 p.m.

UNH will travel to compete in the EAGL Championships at Rutgers on Sat., April 25. The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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