TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team wrapped up its 2009 season with a fifth place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regionals held at the University of Alabama.
Alabama took first place in the meet with an impressive high score of 197.0. Placing second was the University of Oklahoma with a team mark of 196.6. Both schools will move on to compete at the NCAA finals on April 16 at the University of Nebraska.
Rounding out the field, the University of Missouri was third (196.0), followed by Central Michigan (194.950), UNH (193.650) and Maryland (192.725).
The Wildcats were the recipients of a normal host school rotation, starting on vault, then bars, beam and floor.
However it was a slow start for the ‘Cats on vault as the team posted a 48.2 in the event. Leading the way was senior Justine Turner (Salem, Mass.) as she led the Wildcats with a judement of 9.725.
Following a bye, UNH was off to bars where the overall team score of 48.625 was better. Freshman Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) continued her strong efforts in the event and led the squad with a mark of 9.775.
The Wildcats then immediately moved to beam and did not have to count a fall en route to a team score of 48.825 making beam the best event of the NCAA Northeast Regionals for UNH. Sophomore Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) continued her steady dominance in the event and led the team with an impressive mark of 9.825, the highest score of the day for the Wildcats in any event and good for 12th place.
After a bye, UNH was able to hold onto fifth place over Maryland with a team mark of 47.975 in the floor exercise. Turner and junior Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) each recorded scores of 9.750 to lead the ‘Cats.
UNH finished the season with a 15-8 regular season record, and fifth-place finishes at the EAGL Championships and the NCAAs.