Gymnastics defeats No. 23 West Virginia on strength of season-high 195.75 points
DURHAM, N.H. – Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored a 9.9 on uneven bars and balance beam, and Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) hit for a meet-high 9.925 on bars to power the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team past No. 23 West Virginia, 195.75-194.225, in an EAGL meet at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday night.
The Wildcats (9-2, 3-1 EAGL) compiled their season-high score to hand the Mountaineers (10-4, 5-1) their first league loss of the year.
"Ali and Austyn had outstanding performances that not only allowed us to crack our weekly goal of 195, but got us close to a 196," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "Hopefully this will give us the confidence to keep rolling for the rest of the season."
WVU swept the top three spots on vault, with Tina Maloney (9.875) placing first while Chelsea Goldschrafe and Alaska Richardson tied for second place (9.85). Carr posted UNH's top score with a 9.825, which tied the Mountaineers' Hope Sloanhoffer for fourth place. West Virginia edged New Hampshire on vault, 49.2-48.8.
Fobes and Carr registered their top bar scores of the year to finish first and second, respectively, which propelled the 'Cats to 49.1 points, the team's highest bar tally of the season. Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) scored a 9.8 to take fourth place, and Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) matched her season high with a 9.775 to forge a deadlock with Sloanhoffer for fifth. Kaylyn Millick (9.85, third) led West Virginia, which notched a 48.65.
Carr's first-place beam performance headlined a team score of 48.925, matching UNH's top beam result of the season and bettering WVU's 47.45. Sloanhoffer (9.85) finished runner-up, Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) registered a personal-best 9.825 for third place and Reibold and Goldschrafe shared fourth place with matching marks of 9.775.
"Adrienne Hill was a key factor tonight. The freshman stepped up at the top of the lineup and nailed all three of her events," Goodspeed said.
Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) took the top score on floor exercise with a career-high-tying 9.85, which marked the third time in the last four meets the sophomore has at least tied for the squad's high floor score. Richardson finished second with a 9.825, and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) tied Millick for third place at 9.8. The two teams battled to a draw on floor with equal marks of 48.925.
Sloanhoffer, the reigning EAGL co-Gymnast of the Week, won the all-around title with a 39.175.
"I'm happy for the win but I'm even happier for the high score because it takes off a little bit of pressure in trying to qualify for the NCAA Regionals," Goodspeed said. "It feels good to be home and to have a performance like this."
New Hampshire continues its three-meet homestand when it plays host to the annual UNH Invitational on Saturday, March 3, against Maryland, Bridgeport and Brown. The action begins at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.