RALEIGH, N.C.— The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team placed fifth out of eight teams competing at this year's East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships held at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University Saturday evening.
UNH recorded a solid team score of 194.650. The overall winner of the meet was the host school North Carolina State with a team total of 195.7, followed in second place by West Virginia (195.5), North Carolina (194.825), Pittsburgh in fourth place (194.675), Maryland (194.525), George Washington (193.050) and Rutgers (189.125).
The Wildcats began the meet on floor and posted a team score of 48.550 in the event. Leading the team was junior Julie Sauchuk (Peabody, Mass.), who posted a 9.8 to tie for fourth place.
UNH next moved to compete on vault and posted a 48.7 as a team. As she has done all season, sophomore Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) helped the ‘Cats with a mark of 9.8, which placed her in a tie for 15th place.
Bars proved to be a great event for UNH, which posted its highest event score with a 48.9. Leading the team was freshman Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.), as she placed in a tie for fifth with a mark of 9.825. UNH’s other freshman sensation Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) also performed well on bars with a judgement of 9.8 for 10th place.
UNH finished the meet on beam and suffered two falls keeping the team out of the top three. However, Steinberg was strong once gain on beam tying for first place overall with a mark of 9.875.
Reibold has a tremendous overall meet for the ‘Cats with scores of 9.825 on bars, 9.825 on beam and 9.675 on floor.
NINE UNH GYMNASTS EARN 2009 ALL-EAGL HONORS
DURHAM, N.H.—Nine members of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team received All-EAGL honors for their outstanding efforts during the 2009 campaign.
Earning first-team honors in the vault for the Wildcats was junior Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) and senior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.).
Diodati and freshman gymnast Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) both earned first-team honors on the uneven bars.
And, junior Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) and sophomore Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) were named first-team All-EAGL on beam.
Earning second-team All-EAGL honors for the Wildcats were sophomore Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) on vault; freshman Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) and junior Diane Grey (Spring, Texas) on bars; junior Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) and Turner earned the honor on beam; and on floor it was LaFountain earning second-team All-EAGL honors.