DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team kept its home-unbeaten streak alive as it defeated George Washington University, 194.825-193.90. The Wildcats are now 14-5 overall, and sport an impressive mark of 6-0 at Lundholm Gym.
The best event for UNH was its first, the vault. The ‘Cats claimed the top six spots, and were led by junior Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine). Diodati notched a 9.875 to take first place. Senior captain Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) took second with a 9.850 and sophomore Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) earned third with a 9.80.
The Wildcats continued to excel on bars, as they went 1-2 in the event. Freshman Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) took first place with a career-best 9.9. Diodati captured second with a 9.85. Freshman Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) tied her personal-best, a 9.8, to tie for fourth place.
However, on beam UNH counted two falls and scored 47.8 points as a team after scoring over 49 in the first two events. Following the end the third rotation, George Washington closed the gap, 145.975-145.325. The ‘Cats finished 1-2 on beam, but only had two gymnasts place in the top five. Junior Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) notched first place with a 9.9, tying her personal-best. This is the sixth time in 2009 LaFountain has earned first place on beam. Sophomore Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) earned a 9.85 to take second.
But UNH turned it up on the floor exercise and finished the meet strong to capture the team victory. LaFountain continued her dominance by earning another first-place finish (the third time this season), tying two GWU gymnasts with scores of 9.825. Junior Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) captured fourth with a solid 9.8 and junior Julie Sauchuk (Peabody, Mass.) tied for fifth place with a 9.775.
The Wildcats next travel to the West Coast to take on the host, UC Davis, as well as Sacremento State and Bowling Green. UNH’s final home meet on March 15 vs. Michigan State is the final regular season meet for the Wildcats. The action will take place in Lundholm Gym at 1 p.m. Tickets are still available at www.unhwildcats.com.