March 24, 2012

Gymnastics scores a 195.225 for sixth place at EAGL Championship

Kayla Gray

 PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) registered a personal-best 9.900 on floor exercise to cap the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team's highest floor score of the season and a team total of 195.225 for sixth place at the 2012 EAGL Championship, held Saturday afternoon at the University of Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Field House.

West Virginia won the EAGL Championship with a total of 196.475. North Carolina State (196.000) finished in second place, followed by Maryland (195.950), North Carolina (195.550) and Pittsburgh (195.375). The Wildcats (14-10, 6-6 EAGL) earned wins over George Washington (194.050) and Rutgers (193.850).

Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) was named to the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on balance beam (second place) and Second Team on floor (T-16th place). Fobes was tabbed to the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on floor by tying for second place, and she gathered All-Tournament Second Team in the all-around (T-ninth place). Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) garnered All-Tournament First Team on uneven bars (T-2nd) and Second Team on beam (T-10th). Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) earned All-Tournament Second Team on vault (T-14th) and bars (T-10th), and Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) took home Second Team on bars (T-10th).

UNH began the meet on vault with All-EAGL Second Team performers Carr and Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) leading the way. Carr hit for a team-high 9.800 and Hudson added a 9.775 as UNH totaled a 48.775 for second place through one rotation.

After a bye in the second rotation dropped UNH to fourth place, Reibold spearheaded UNH's bar efforts with a personal-best-tying 9.875, complemented by Carr and Aucoin, who collected matching scores of 9.800. The Wildcats amassed a team score of 48.600 on bars to grab a hold of third place with a 97.375.

New Hampshire, which dipped to fifth place during a fourth-rotation bye, next turned its attention to balance beam, where Gray turned in an incredible performance for a team-leading 9.850. Reibold also performed strongly to notch a 9.775, and Jannelle Minichiello (Orlando, Fla.) garnered a 9.700 to help the 'Cats compile a 48.650 and an aggregate total of 146.025 for fourth place through five rotations.

The 'Cats saved their best for last by recording a season-best 49.175 on floor. Gray tied her career high with a 9.850, Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine) registered a 9.825 for her highest mark since Feb. 10, while Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) both secured scores of 9.800.

UNH will await word on a potential bid to the NCAA Regional Championships for the 29th time in the last 30 seasons and a 31st postseason berth in head coach Gail Goodspeed's 32 years at the helm. The 36-team field will be revealed Monday, March 26. For the latest information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or twitter.com/unhathletics.

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