KINGSTON, R.I.-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team is now 3-1 on the season after placing second in a quad meet at the University of Rhode Island on Friday evening.

Rutgers, a team UNH defeated last week in Durham, won the meet with a top score of 189.225, followed by the Wildcats (188.9), Rhode Island (186. 525) and Yale (185.325).

The Wildcats got off to a rough start, struggling on floor and then losing sophomore all-arounder Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) to a leg injury. UNH had no gymnast in the top three in the floor exercise and next headed to vault.

In the vault, UNH improved its standing in the meet with a team score of 47.275 and was led by junior Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.), who tied for first place with a top score of 9.625. UNH then moved into second place in the team standings and onto their bars rotation.

The team performed well on bars with a top team score of 47.15 apparently putting the rough start behind them. Leading the way on bars for the second consecutive week was freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine), who took first place honors in the meet with a score of 9.65. Porter was solid once again for her team with a 9.6 for third overall.

UNH head coach Gail Goodspeed could not say enough about her team's strong effort on beam as the 'Cats posted an impressive team total of 48.825. The Wildcats made it a 1-2-3 finish, taking the top three spots. Junior Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) provided the leadership with her highest score of the season, a 9.9, followed in second place by freshman Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) with a 9.85.

"While we got off to a very bad start on floor and lost Justine Turner to injury, I was very proud of the way this team pulled together and finished the meet strong," said Goodspeed. "We'll get back to work next week after two days off to prepare for our meet at Denver (Jan. 20)."  

UNH will be the host of its next home meet on Sun., Feb. 4, vs. Denver. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium and tickets are still available at www.unhwildcats.com.
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