February 27, 2010

GYMNASTS COME FROM BEHIND TO DEFEAT EAGL RIVAL MARYLAND, 195.000-194.350

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DURHAM, N.H.—The UNH gymnastics team improved to 9-2 on the season Saturday afternoon after a total team effort boosted the Wildcats to a 195.000-194.350 victory over EAGL rival Maryland in Lundholm Gymnasium.

The score of 195.000 ties the season high for UNH, which also recorded a mark of 195.000 when it won its own UNH Invitational on Jan. 17.

Several gymnasts were keys to the Wildcat win.

UNH began on vault and as a team excelled in the event, posting a 49.025. Leading the way were three Wildcats in junior Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.), junior Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) and senior Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine), who all three tied for second place overall with an impressive score of 9.825.

Next the Wildcats moved to bars where Diodati continues to perform well for the ‘Cats with a 9.8, along with junior Katie Lawrence (Lyme, Conn.), as both tied for first-place honors, while sophomore Ali Carr was fourth (9.725).

UNH struggled on beam last week on the road, but had the top two finishers this week in the event as Steinberg and senior Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) each tied for first place overall with marks of 9.85.

UNH trailed in the meet by a score of 146.1-146.075, but went on to win it in the floor exercise, topping Maryland’s beam score (48.925-48.250). Senior Julie Sauchuk (Peabody, Mass.) and LaFountain were keys to earning the victory in the last event as each scored a 9.85 to tie for second place overall.

The Wildcats will travel to George Washington University w/ William & Mary on Sunday, March 7, and will compete in its final regular season home meet (Senior Day) on March 12 vs. North Carolina State. The meet begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com.

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