Steinberg Shares Balance Beam Championship in Gymnastics Defeat at Penn State

Chelsea Steinberg

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied for first place in balance beam, hitting for a 9.875, but the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team was edged in a tightly contested meet at Penn State University, 195.275-194.475, on Saturday night.

UNH falls to 2-2 on the season with a Sunday night meet at the University of Pittsburgh slated for 6 p.m. to wrap up a weekend road trip in the Keystone State.

"I think this is the closest we've come to Penn State in a while," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "If we clean things up as the season progresses, and get the return to health of Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.), I believe we can beat this team if we see them in regionals down the road." 

Steinberg was the top Wildcat on vault, with a second-place score of 9.825. After struggling on the uneven bars, the senior co-captain bounced back with her championship-sharing beam performance and a tie for second in floor exercise (9.85), giving her an all-around score of 38.275.

Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) was UNH's most consistent performer, competing in all four events to amass a team-best all-around score of 39.025, just behind all-around champion Sharaya Musser of Penn State (39.4). Fobes tied for third on vault (9.8), finished eighth on bars (9.65), claimed sixth on beam (9.775) and finished strongly with a fourth place tie on floor (9.8).
 
Penn State captured vault, 49.05-48.9, with Wildcats Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Ali Carr (Chemlsford, Mass.) tying for sixth place at 9.775.
 
The Nittany Lions eked out a win on bars, 48.7-48.225, with Katie Lawrence (Lyme, Conn.) and Carr recording New Hampshire-leading scores of 9.7, tied for fifth.
 
Buoyed by Steinberg's stellar outing, the Wildcats chalked up their one apparatus triumph on beam, with a slight 48.825-48.45 advantage. Lawrence (9.8) placed fifth and Fobes (9.775) notched a sixth-place performance.

Penn State rounded out its victory with a team score of 49.075 on floor, bettering UNH's 48.525.

The Wildcats' next home meet takes place Sunday, Jan. 30, against the University of Bridgeport at Lundholm Gymnasium. The meet begins at 2 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a Kids Club clinic. For information on UNH gymnastics season tickets, CLICK HERE or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.
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