2012 EAGL Championship, hosted by University of Pittsburgh
March 24, 2012 • 2:00 p.m. • Fitzgerald Field House • Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Wildcats will begin Saturday's EAGL Championship on vault in the opening rotation. Senior co-captain Ali Carr, EAGL's ninth-ranked gymnast on vault, leads UNH with an average score of 9.823 and a high score of 9.875. Carr has held at least a share of the team's top vault score in nine of 11 meets this season. Expect her to be joined in the vault lineup by Jillian Hudson, Courtney Connors, Hannah Barile, Erika Rudiger and Austyn Fobes.
Following a second rotation bye, Fobes will spearhead the Wildcats' bar lineup with a No. 4 EAGL ranking, an average score of 9.825 and a high of 9.925. Other probable bar competitors include Danielle Reibold, Jen Aucoin, Carr, Rudiger and Hudson.
After a fourth-rotation bye, freshman Kayla Gray, EAGL's sixth-ranked balance beam gymnast, headlines UNH's beam contingent with an average tally of 9.634 and a season-high 9.900. Gray will be complemented by Carr, Jannelle Minichiello, Fobes, Aucoin and Reibold.
The 'Cats receive a bye in the sixth rotation before heading to floor exercise in the seventh rotation. Erin Machado leads the squad with an average score of 9.780, and she is knotted with Barile with an RQS of 9.790 and a season-high of 9.850. Seniors Kate McGeever and Tasia Percevecz will also be counted upon for solid floor routines, with Gray and Fobes also contending for a spot in the lineup.
FOBES COMES AROUND
After being slowed by a preseason wrist injury that sidelined her for the first two meets, Austyn Fobes is slated to compete in the all-around for the first time this season. Fobes, who competed on vault for the first time all year last week at No. 8 Oregon State, earned All-EAGL First Team and EAGL All-Tournament First Team honors in AA in 2011.
The Wildcats will be without the services of freshman Adrienne Hill for the second consecutive meet. Hill, who suffered a concussion during the Senior Day meet against No. 17 Arizona on March 11, has been a consistent contributor on three events (vault, bars, beam) during her rookie season.
(As of March 19)
Rank Team RQS League
30. Illinois-Chicago 194.865 Independent
31. Michigan State 194.840 Big Ten
32. UNH 194.715 EAGL
33. San Jose State 194.690 WAC
34. BYU 194.685 Independent
35. Maryland 194.645 EAGL
36. North Carolina 194.525 EAGL
37. Western Michigan 194.375 MAC
38. Central Michigan 194.330 MAC
39. Pittsburgh 194.295 EAGL
40. Bridgeport 194.260 ECAC
41. Sacramento State 194.160 WAC