Gymnastics Competes in NCAA Regional Saturday in Oklahoma
WILDCATS IN NCAA REGIONALS
UNH, the No. 4 seed in the Norman Regional, has qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships for the 29th time in head coach Gail Goodspeed's 32 years at the reins. The Wildcats finished fourth in the 2010 Northeast Regional, hosted by Penn State. New Hampshire has captured one regional championship, in 1994, when it advanced to the NCAA Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah, and completed the season ranked 12th in the country. UNH has also placed as high as second in three previous NCAA Regionals (1982, '83, '91).
GOODSPEED REACHES 500 CAREER VICTORIES
Head coach Gail Goodspeed exceeded the 500-win plateau at UNH by virtue of the Wildcats' second-place finish at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship on March 19 in Washington, D.C. The Kohler, Wis., native owns a career mark of 501-266-2 in Durham following the school's top EAGL Championship finish since its one and only league championship in 2003.
STEINBERG NAMED TEAM MVP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
Senior co-captain Chelsea Steinberg will be seeking to close out her astounding collegiate career on a high note in Norman. The Ridgewood, N.J., native was crowned the UNH Team MVP at the EAGL Awards Banquet on March 18 in Washington, D.C. It represents the second straight season Steinberg has garnered the honor. Her 2011 season has been highlighted by EAGL All-Tournament First Team honors on balance beam, floor exercise and all-around, plus Second Team recognition on vault. The occupational therapy major claimed EAGL All-Academic Team honors for a fourth straight year and was tabbed All-EAGL Second Team in vault, beam, floor and all-around. Steinberg is New Hampshire's top ranked competitor nationally on vault (T-70th), beam (T-27th), floor (T-54th) and all-around (49th).
CARR AND FOBES RAISE THE BAR FOR WILDCATS
Junior Ali Carr and sophomore Austyn Fobes share UNH's top ranking on uneven bars. The duo accumulated a season RQS of 9.825 on the apparatus, helping the Wildcats post the country's No. 25 ranking on bars (48.855 RQS). Carr, a native of Chelmsford, Mass., was named All-EAGL Second Team on bars and secured a spot on the EAGL All-Tournament Second Team on bars after a 12th-place finish. Fobes, who hails from Howell, N.J., tied for second on bars at the EAGL Tournament to collect First Team honors after garnering Second Team membership on the All-EAGL Team. Carr and Fobes are tied for 72nd in the country.
CALIENDO FLOORS COMPETITION
After recovering from an early-season ankle injury, senior Katie Caliendo has been leading UNH's charge in floor exercise. The Manorville, N.Y., native has been the Top Cat on floor in the last three meets, highlighted by a personal-best 9.875, tying for the high score, in a tri-meet against Brown and Central Michigan on March 7. Caliendo followed up that performance with a team-best 9.8, tied for fourth, in a quad at Arizona (with BYU, Texas Woman's) and a fifth-place deadlock in the EAGL Championship, where she registered a 9.85.
UNH REGIONAL LINEUP
The Wildcats will look to get off to a quick start in Norman at 5 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, as they will begin on bars for their first rotation. UNH moves to balance beam during the second rotation, followed by a bye in rotation three. New Hampshire advances to floor exercise in the fourth rotation, competes on vault for the fifth rotation and sits out the sixth and final rotation on a bye.