MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) registered meet-high scores on balance beam and floor exercise, but the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team suffered its first setback of the season with a 195.050-193.100 loss at Central Michigan on Friday night at McGuirk Arena.
New Hampshire, which dropped to 1-1 on the season, began the meet by hitting on five sets on uneven bars, highlighted by a solid 9.80 performance from Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.). The
'Cats totaled a 47.850 on bars, while the Chippewas scored a 49.075.
The Wildcats moved to vault for the second rotation, with Fobes securing a team-best 9.725 for third place. UNH's 48.100 vault total came up short against CMU's 48.475.
UNH rallied back on floor with very dynamic performances. Fobes topped all competitors with a 9.850, and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) scored a 9.800 to tie for second place. The 'Cats and Chippewas both accumulated team scores of 48.625.
The Wildcats concluded the meet strong on beam. Fobes led a strong six-gymnast performance with a 9.825; Jannelle Minichiello (Orlando, Fla.) and Aucoin registered matching efforts of 9.700.
UNH scored a 48.525, which was bested by CMU's 48.875.
The Wildcats return to action Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. against EAGL preseason favorite North Carolina State. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.