UNH GYMNASTS DEFEAT URI, 190.6-186.750
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   DURHAM, N.H.--
The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team remains undefeated, 3-0, as it beat the University of Rhode Island 190.6 to 186.750 Friday night in the Wildcats’ home-opener at Lundholm Gym.
UNH had at least two gymnasts place in the top three in every event, including 1-2-3 finishes on vault and bars.
    Leading the charge for UNH was sophomore Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) who nabbed two first-place finishes on vault and bars with scores of 9.825 and 9.850 respectively. Diodati’s mark on vault also tied her personal-best record. Rounding out vault was sophomore Kelsey Alwin (St. Michael, Minn.) who placed second with a score of 9.750,  and senior Katelyn Schenkel (Pittsford, N.Y.), who notched third place thanks to a 9.550 mark.
    Following Diodati’s first-place finish on bars were seniors Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) who tied for second place with scores of 9.725.
    Last week’s EAGL Specialist of the Week sophomore Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) notched first place on beam with a posting of 9.850. With a 9.70 freshman Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) took second, improving on her mark from her first collegiate meet last week.
    Seniors Porter and Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) tied, along with Danielle Riportella from URI, to share second place on floor with scores of 9.675.
    The Wildcats travel to Minnesota next week, before returning to Durham for three straight home meets beginning on Jan. 26. Tickets may be purchased online at www.unhwildcats.com.

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