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PITTSBURGH-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team finished second in a three-team meet at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday evening, posting a score of 191.4. Pitt won the meet with a total of 192.775 and Air Force placed third with 184.925 as the Wildcats are now 4-3 on the young season.
The Wildcats were led in vault by freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) as she checked in with a third-place score of 9.725 and freshman Kelsey Alwin (St. Michael, Minn.)was not far behind with an impressive score of 9.7
On bars, UNH performed well, but it was not reflected by the low scores of the meet. Diodati was solid again for the 'Cats with UNH's top score of 9.7 to tie for fourth overall, while junior Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) recorded a 9.65.
UNH, which had struggled in the floor exercise last week, recovered thanks to a pair of 9.7 performances by freshman Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) and junior Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.), as they tied for second place in the meet.
UNH counted one fall on balance beam, but still managed to post a solid team total of 47.725. Freshman Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) was strong for the 'Cats as she took first place overall in the event with a score of 9.8.
"We improved in this meet but we still have a ways to go," said head coach Gail Goodspeed. "We hit some routines and we are on the road to getting some of our key injured gymnasts back in time for Sunday's home meet vs. Denver. Our scores were lower than I think we deserved on bars and we bounced back on floor this week."
The UNH women's gymnastics team will be the host of a home meet on Feb. 4 vs. Denver. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. and tickets are available at www.unhwildcats.com.