Reibold leads gymnastics to second place in senior day meet vs No. 17 Arizona
DURHAM, N.H. – Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) registered a season-high 9.800 on balance beam to tie for second place in that event, and she scored a 9.800 on uneven bars in the final home meet of her career as the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team lost to No. 17 Arizona, 196.150-195.200, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH (11-4, 4-1 EAGL) exceeded the 195 score mark for the fourth time in its last five meets, but Arizona (11-5, 3-3 Pac 12) registered a season-high score to earn the road triumph.
The Wildcats started the competition with a strong showing on vault, totaling a season-high 49.000. Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) hit for a personal-best 9.850, and senior co-captain Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) celebrated her final home meet with a matching 9.85 as the UNH duo tied for second-place honors. Arizona's Aubree Cristello posted a 9.900 for first place, and the visitors racked up an impressive team score of 49.075.
In the second rotation, Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) tied her season-high score with a 9.825 on uneven bars to match teammate Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) for second place. Cristello and Katie Matusik of Arizona also claimed a share of second place, while 'Zona's Rebecca Cardenas notched first place with a 9.85. UNH's team total of 48.7 was bested by Arizona's 49.075.
Reibold, who was awarded the Katie Baldwin Expression Award at the conclusion of the meet, headlined the Wildcats' beam score of 48.725. Jannelle Minichiello (Orlando, Fla.) and Fobes secured a sixth-place tie by scoring a 9.750, while Arizona's Molly Quirk recorded a 9.825 for first place to ignite the visiting Wildcats' 48.875.
Seniors Tasia Percevecz (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) and Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine) competed in floor exercise for the final time in their home careers, with Percevecz scoring a 9.750 for a share of seventh place and McGeever registering a 9.725 for 10th place. The top UNH performance came from Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.), who tied for third place with a 9.825. Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) placed sixth with a 9.775. Arizona compiled a floor score of 49.125 to edge UNH's 48.775. Kristin Klarenbach led the winners with a 9.875.
The all-around victory went to Cristello, who amassed a 39.375. Quirk finished as the AA runner-up with a 39.150.
UNH will hit the road to challenge ninth-ranked Oregon State and Seattle Pacific in a tri-meet at Corvallis, Ore., on Friday, March 16. The Comfort Suites Invitational at Gill Coliseum begins at 7 p.m. (PDT). For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.