COLLEGE PARK, MD.— Six members of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team were named to the East Atlantic Gymnastics League All-Conference Teams at the annual awards banquet held at the University of Maryland.
Among the six gymnasts honored for UNH, four were freshmen, which bodes well for the future of the Wildcat gymnastics program.
Leading the way for UNH was freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) as she earned first-team honors on the bars and was added to the second team in the vault. Diodati recorded season-highs of 9.9 on bars and 9.825 in the vault.
Two freshmen led UNH on balance beam, as Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) was named to the first team. She was strong on beam all season and posted a high score of 9.9. Earning second-team on beam was freshman Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) who posted a high mark of 9.925 in 2007.
Also being named to two different teams was junior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.). This Granite-Stater competed most of the season with a painful knee injury that prevented her from competing in the all-around. However, she still excelled for the ‘Cats and the EAGL coaches recognized her with second-team honors in the all-around and in vault. Turner was named EAGL gymnast of the week after a strong all-around effort in UNH’s opening victory over Rutgers with a 38.925. She also recorded a 9.85 in the vault, her high mark of 2007.
Freshman Diane Grey (Spring, Texas) was named to the bars second team after recording a season-high of 9.8. She was also strong this season in vault (9.775).
Junior Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) showed great improvement on floor this season and was a team leader in the event. She was named to the EAGL second team and had a season-high score of 9.85.
All six gymnasts and their teammates will be returning to action tonight (Fri., March 30) when they compete at the EAGL Championships at the University of Maryland. The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m.