DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team was narrowly defeated by Michigan State University, 195.675-195.350, Sunday afternoon in Lundholm Gymnasium on Senior Day. However, UNH’s team score was the second highest of the season and boosts their RQS score, as the ‘Cats look to return to the NCAA Northeast Regionals.
Vault was the best event for New Hampshire, as the top three finishers for the team all set personal-records. Senior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) notched a 9.9 to take second place. Sophomore Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) earned third place with a 9.85 and junior Kelsey Alwin (St. Michael, Minn.) tied for fourth place with two Spartans (9.825).
Floor was another event that saw multiple ‘Cats tie or break their personal-bests in the event. Junior Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) was the only Wildcat to earn a first-place finish, and she did so by tying her career-best with a 9.9. Junior defending EAGL Specialist of the Week Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) tied for second place with a 9.875. Junior Julie Sauchuk (Peabody, Mass.) tied for fourth with a 9.85. Caliendo also set a new career-best with a 9.775.
Junior Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) was the top UNH gymnast on bars. She earned a 9.85 to tie for second place. Junior Diane Grey (Spring, Texas) notched fourth place with a 9.85 and freshman Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Penn.) tied for fifth with a 9.775.
The balance beam was not kind to the Wildcats, as two gymnasts fell. However, sophomore Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Smith tied for third place with impressive scores of 9.85. Reibold set a personal-best 9.725 in the event as well.
With the regulat-season done, UNH looks towards the EAGL Championship, being held March 21st at North Carolina State. That meet is set for 3 p.m.