UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.— The sixth-seeded University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team placed fourth out of six teams at the NCAA University Park Regional held at Penn State Saturday night.
Oklahoma won the meet with a score of 197.25, followed by LSU (196.4), Penn State (196.05), UNH (194.8), Ohio State (193.875) and Maryland (193.750).
As a result of placing first and second, Oklahoma and LSU will compete at the NCAA national championships in Gainesville, Fla.
The Wildcats opened the meet on bars and were led by sophomore Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) as she posted a 9.750 (T15th). Right behind her was sophomore Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) and senior Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) with marks of 9.725. As a team UNH recorded a 48.425 in their first rotation and immediately moved to balance beam for the second rotation of the meet.
On beam, the Wildcats made it 12 for 12 when it came to hitting their routines and the team was led by junior Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) as she posted a 9.80 (T10th), followed closely by Reibold, junior Katie Lawrence (Lyme, Conn.) and senior Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) who each received judgments of 9.75. As a team, the ‘Cats recorded a total of 48.7 and were sitting in fourth place with a two-event mark of 97.125.
Following a bye, UNH moved to the floor exercise where the team continued to hit routines, nailing 18 of 18 for the meet. Freshman Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) came up big for the ‘Cats leading the team with a score of 9.775 (T14th), followed by Steinberg with a 9.750. UNH posted a 48.575 in the floor and had a three-event total of 145.8 heading into the final event of the evening, vault.
UNH completed its perfect 24-of-24 made routines hitting all six on vault. Leading the team was junior Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.)and Diodati with high marks of 9.85 (T7th) and Fobes was strong again with a 9.80. The Wildcats posted a 49.0 on vault making it their best event of the night.
UNH finished with a score of 194.8 and watched the final rotation with a bye.
The highlight of the meet came in the competition for the all-around as Steinberg completed the meet with an all-around score of 38.875 earning her fourth place in an NCAA meet loaded with amazing all-arounders. She is the alternate to make nationals as an all-arounder.