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EAST LANSING—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team received some outstanding overall performances from the likes of freshman all-arounder Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) and sophomore Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) but it wasn’t enough to beat a highly-ranked Michigan State squad at home on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats by a 196.350-193.475 margin.
Steinberg was a highlight of the day as she excelled in the all-around, finishing second with a four-event total of 38.2. Steinberg was second on beam (9.85) to lead the team, and posted scores of 9.775 in the vault, 9.65 in floor and 8.925 on bars.
LaFountain continues to be a very strong specialist for the ‘Cats, recording a 9.775 on beam for fifth place and a mark of 9.750 in the floor exercise to tie for seventh.
In addition, freshman Kathryn Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) was also very impressive in the meet, with scores of 9.775 in vault to tie for seventh and 9.750 in floor also tying for seventh.
Sophomore Helena Diodatti (Scarborough, Maine) recorded the top score in the vault for the Wildcats with a second-place mark of 9.85, behind only a 10.0 by Michigan State’s Rhiannon Banda-Scott.
Senior Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) continues to be strong on bars and led the team with a fifth-place mark of 9.75.
In the floor exercise, UNH was led by sophomore Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) as she posted a 9.825 to lead her squad with a fourth-place finish.
Up next for the Wildcats will be an away meet at West Virginia with Rutgers and Minnesota on March 15. The team's final home meet, which is also Senior Day, is vs. EAGL rival North Carolina State on March 22. The competition begins at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium and tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.unhwildcats.com.