Piscataway, N.J. – The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team enjoyed one of its best season-opening meets in years with a score of 191.475, to defeat EAGL rival Rutgers University (183.450) and the University of Bridgeport (177.075).
    Freshman Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J), in her first collegiate meet of her career, took first place in all-around competition with a score of 37.575.
    On bars, five gymnasts hit their routines, led by sophomores Kelsey Alwin (St. Michael, Minn.) and Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine), who tied for first place with scores of 9.65. As a team UNH scored a 47.775 on the event.
    UNH posted a 1-2-3 finish on beam as sophomore Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y) captured first with a 9.7, followed by Steinberg (9.625), and Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) whose 9.475 score was good for third place.
    The Wildcats again posted a1-2-3 finish on the floor exercise as five of six gymnasts hit their routines. Leading the way was Smith with a 9.8, followed by LaFoutain’s 9.575. Her routine featured two double backs. Taking third place was freshman Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) with a 9.55. The team score was a 47.850.
    The best event of the day for the ‘Cats was vault as the squad posted a 48.650 and only one UNH gymnast scored under a 9.7. Diodati led the way, earning her second first-place finish with a posting of 9.8. Senior Katelyn Schenkel (Pittsford, N.Y.) tied for second with a 9.775.
    The Wildcat gymnastics team will return to action on Fri., Jan. 11 vs. Rhode Island. The home-opener will take place at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium and tickets are still available at www.unhwildcats.com.
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