LaFOUNTAIN AND DIODATI FINISH STRONG AT NCAA NORTHEAST REGIONAL FOR UNH

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.Sophomore gymnasts Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) and Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) both made the most of their opportunities to compete individually at this year’s NCAA Northeast Regional held on the campus of Penn State University on April 12.
    LaFountain did the Wildcats proud, placing fifth on balance beam with an impressive score of 9.875, tying her season-high for 2008. What makes this most impressive is the fact that she was topped only by four University of Georgia gymnasts, who took first place through fourth place in the event all with scores above 9.9. Georgia is one of the teams that advanced to the NCAA finals and is expected to be a contender for the national title. 
    Diodati also turned some heads on vault, posting a score of 9.750 among a very strong and impressive field of competitors. She also took 25th on bars with a 9.775.
    UNH was a bubble team this year for the women’s gymnastics NCAA championships, as the 37th-ranked team in the nation. The NCAA field was comprised of the top 36 teams in the nation competing at six regional meets around the country.
    Georgia
and Denver were the top two teams from the Northeast Region and they advanced to nationals held at Georgia on April 24-26.

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