GAME DAY: Gymnastics concludes regular season Friday at No. 8 Oregon State

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New Hampshire (11-4, 4-1 EAGL) at No. 8 Oregon State (9-2-1, 4-1-1 Pac-12) w/Seattle Pacific (5-11, D-II)

  March 16, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. (PDT) • Gill Coliseum • Corvallis, Ore.

Erika Rudiger

LAST TIME OUT: DURHAM, N.H., • March 11, 2012Danielle 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.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Oregon State's balance beam lineup is ranked sixth in the nation (49.150 RQS), while the uneven bars and floor exercise lineups are each ranked No. 8 in the country with RQS scores of 49.220 and 49.195, respectively. The vault squad is 17th (49.055). Leslie Mak, a two-time All-America and 2011 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, is ranked No. 7 in the all-around (39.400), is tied for No. 2 on the beam (9.920), tied for No. 12 on the bars (9.885) and is tied for 23rd on the floor (9.870). Makayla Stambaugh, a three-time All-America selection, is tied for 16th on the floor (9.885), No. 24 on the bars (9.870) and is tied for 17th in the all-around (39.280). Olivia Vivian, a 2011 All-America on uneven bars, is tied for 12th on the bars (9.885). Melanie Jones is ranked No. 15 on the floor (9.890) and Kelsi Blalock is ranked No. 21 on the vault (9.895).  

SCOUTING THE FALCONS: Seattle Pacific, a Division II school, enters Friday's tri-meet with a record of 5-11 on the season. The Falcons have dropped seven of their last eight decisions after a 4-4 start to the season. Most recently, Seattle Pacific finished in fourth place (191.650) in a quad-meet against Sacramento State, Cal-Davis and Central Michigan.
     Senior Aditi Kulkarni tied for fourth place on the balance beam Sunday for Seattle Pacific, which placed fourth in the team standings of the Sacramento State quad meet at the Hornets Nest. Kulkarni received a score of 9.650 on the beam.
     Falcons teammates Brittany Malone and Stephanie Wagner tied for eighth on the floor exercise with matching scores of 9.75. That mark equaled Malone's season floor high. They helped SPU combine for its best event total of the meet at 48.575.
     Also excelling on floor was senior Sherah Veron, who turned in a score of 9.725. She matched her career-best vault with an eighth-place score of 9.775.
     Two other Falcons tied career vault highs, Samantha Taylor (9.625) and Bryn Larson (9.525) and sophomore Ali Tso surpassed her previous best with a mark of 9.60.
     Senior Texie Gregory topped all SPU bars performers with a 10th-place score of 9.70.

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