DURHAM, N.H. – Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) matched a personal best by scoring a 9.875 on balance beam, but the ninth-ranked University of Michigan edged the University of New Hampshire, 196.8-195.375, in gymnastics action at Lundholm Gymasium on Saturday afternoon.
UNH dropped its first home meet of the season to slip to 4-3 overall despite setting a season high in scoring, while Michigan upped its mark to 9-1, improving to 9-1 in the all-time series against the 'Cats.
"Our team stepped up the intensity today and gave Michigan a challenge," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "This is our highest score of the season and hopefully the start of many more 195-plus scores. This team can continue to compete with the best, and we now need to focus even more on the details of hitting handstands and sticking all of our dismounts."
Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) was the top Wildcat on vault, hitting a clean landing on her Yurchenko full for a 9.825. That score was good for third place, behind the Wolverines' duo of Natalie Beilstein (9.9) and Kylee Botterman (9.85). Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) pulled off her unique quervo vault to set a personal best at 9.775. UNH posted a team score of 48.85 on vault, and Michigan scored a 49.2.
Fobes tallied the top UNH score on uneven bars, performing a clean routine to finish in third place with a 9.8. Katie Lawrence (Lyme, Conn.) and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) registered matching marks of 9.775 to deadlock Michigan's Sarah Curtis for fourth on the apparatus. Wolverines Jordan Sexton (9.9) and Botterman (9.875) took the top two spots, as Michigan earned 49.025 points, bettering New Hampshire's 48.825.
Steinberg punctuated her impeccably-flowing routine on beam by sticking her dismount for third place, just .025 behind the co-winners from Michigan, Sexton and Botterman, who notched remarkable totals of 9.9. Lawrence earned fourth place by virtue of a 9.85. In team scoring, the Wolverines edged the Wildcats, 49.175-48.725.
Michigan sealed the victory by recording the top four scores on floor exercise. Steinberg and Fobes knotted for fifth place at 9.85, and the Wildcats amassed 48.975 points on floor to the Wolverines' 49.4.
Steinberg (39.175) and Fobes (38.75) finished third and fourth, respectively, in all-around, with Botterman (39.575) and Curtis taking the top two spots.
"The leadership of the senior class came through with Chelsea hitting all four events, and Katie Lawrence and Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) stepping it up as well by hitting their two events," Goodspeed said. "We were close to our goal of hitting 24-for-24 and actually hit 23 of our 24 routines and did not count a fall."
The Wildcats host the annual UNH Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 12, when Michigan State, Brown and Alaska all visit Lundholm Gym for a quad meet. For information on UNH gymnastics tickets, CLICK HERE or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.