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DURHAM, N.H.-The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team may have been defeated by the University of Denver on Sunday, but the Wildcats posted their best overall team score of the season with 194.150 points. Denver won the meet with an impressive team score of 195.650. The outstanding score is important for the UNH program as it improves its national ranking, which is used in determining which teams compete at the NCAA Regionals in April.
These two teams met at Denver earlier this season (Jan. 20) in a meet where the Wildcats were only able to manage 189.775 points, proving UNH is getting healthy in key areas and improving steadily in all events.
Leading the charge for UNH was freshman Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) who scored a 9.90 to capture first on the balance beam. Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Jaime deMello (Milton, Mass.) tied for third on beam with a score of 9.875, which was a personal-best for deMello.
On the floor Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) posted a score of 9.825 to tie for third, as did Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) with the same score and placement on vault to lead the ‘Cats. Turner also set a personal record on bars to tie for fourth with a score of 9.75.
With a score of 9.80, Diane Grey (Spring, Texas) took second on bars as well.
The Wildcats return to action on Feb. 10 for the annual UNH Fox Run Invitational featuring Brown, Michigan State, and West Virginia. The meet will be held at the Whittemore Center Arena and begins at 7 p.m. UNH will be at home for the third straight weekend on Feb. 17 when the squad entertains Maryland. That meet begins at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gym. Tickets are still available at www.unhwildcats.com.