DURHAM, N.H. – Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) tied for first place in three events and the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team notched a season-high 195.475 points to defeat Brown University and Yale University in a tri-meet at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday night.
The Wildcats improved to 5-1 on the season by defeating the Bulldogs (4-2) and Bears (1-3) in a non-league event. Yale finished second with 190.275 points, and Brown amassed 189.675 points for third place.
Fobes was awarded the meet's Katie Baldwin Expression Award after tying Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) for the event victory on uneven bars with a 9.825, tying Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) for first place on balance beam with a 9.825 and scoring a 9.85 to match Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa., personal best) for the high mark on floor exercise.
"Austyn just takes it to a whole different level, in terms of the look she has on the floor," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "She is just so beautiful and clean in her performances."
The 'Cats won all four events, scoring a 48.875 on vault and season highs of 48.85 on bars, 48.8 on beam and 48.95 on floor.
Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) won the vault with a 9.85, followed by Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.), who tied a personal best with a 9.825, and Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.), who scored a 9.75 for third place.
Carr scored a 9.8 on bars to take third place on that apparatus, behind co-winners Fobes and Reibold; the senior co-captain added a 9.8 on beam for third place behind co-victors Gray and Fobes.
Yale's Tara Feld and Brown's Michelle Shnayder tied for third on floor with scores of 9.825. Feld won the all-around with a 38.775, and Shnayder chalked up a 38.675 for second place in AA. Yale's Morgan Traina (38.1) finished third.
"I'm feeling good about our depth. We have 16 people competing, and they're all competing at a very high level," Goodspeed said.
UNH will travel to defending Ivy League champion Pennsylvania next Friday, Feb. 10, for a 7 p.m. quad-meet that includes Brockport and Wilson College. The Wildcats' next home meet is Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. against EAGL rival West Virginia. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.