Gymnastics Set To Host No. 19 N.C. State on Friday (Jan. 18) at 7 p.m.
New Hampshire (1-1, 1-0 EAGL) vs No. 19 North Carolina State (0-1-1, 0-1-1 EAGL)
Jan. 18, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. • Lundholm Gymnasium • Durham, N.H.
Video Streaming: http://www.unhwildcats.tv/
Live Stats: http://unhwildcats.com/sports/gymnastics/2012-13/files/20130118.htm
SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK
The Wildcats welcome EAGL preseason favorite and 19th-ranked North Carolina State to Lundholm Gymnasium for a Friday night meet. The Wolfpack competed with No. 17 Maryland on Jan. 11, and the two EAGL programs finished in a 195.000-195.000 tie. N.C. State junior Diahanna Ham is the reigning EAGL Gymnast of the Week. Ham shined in the home opener at Reynolds Coliseum by finishing first on floor exercise and all-around. Her 9.900 on vault was good for second place. Ham is EAGL's third-ranked gymnast on vault (9.888 AVG.) and top-ranked AA performer (39.113 AVG.).
LAST MEETING – Feb. 17, 2012 (Raleigh, N.C.) - Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) scored a 9.825 to tie her then career high on vault as the Wildcats were outscored by N.C. State, 195.700-193.900, to end UNH's winning streak at seven. With the setback, the Wildcats' record slipped to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in EAGL competition. The Wolfpack improved to 6-3 on the season, 2-0 in EAGL.
Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) scored a season-high 9.850 on uneven bars to finish runner-up in that event and added a third-place tally of 9.800 on balance beam.
The Wildcats began the meet on bars, led by Fobes and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.), who posted a 9.775 to finish fifth. Stephanie Ouellette of N.C. State captured the high bar score with a 9.875, and the home team squeezed out a 48.875-48.600 event win.
Hudson tied Ouellette for second place on vault, while the Wolfpack's Brooke Barr compiled a 9.900 for the event victory. N.C. State totaled 48.975 to edge UNH (48.825).
Kayla Gray led the Wildcats on floor exercise with a 9.825 and earned third place in the process. The rest of the floor lineup was plagued by uncharacteristic faults, causing the 'Cats to fall, 48.875-47.775. Barr (9.875) claimed the high floor score.
UNH bounced back on beam, paced by Fobes' third-place effort and a career-high 9.775 from Jannelle Minichiello (Orlando, Fla.), who took fourth. The Wildcats totaled 48.700 on beam, just shy of the Wolfpack's 48.975. Lane Jarred of N.C. State posted a 9.900 to finish in the top spot.
LAST TIME OUT – Jan. 11, 2013 (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) – Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) registered meet-high scores on balance beam and floor exercise, but the UNH 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.
POLL VAULTING – The Wildcats enter Friday's meet ranked 26th nationally with an average score of 193.975 through two meets. UNH is ranked fourth on vault (48.463 AVG.), seventh on bars (48.275 AVG.), third on beam (48.338 AVG.) and third on floor exercise (48.900 AVG.).
ALL-AROUND FOBES – Austyn Fobes is off to a great start for the Wildcats. Through two meets, Fobes is New Hampshire's top performer on vault (9.788 AVG.), beam (9.825 AVG.), floor exercise (9.863 AVG.) and all-around (39.000).
FLIP OF AUCOIN – Senior co-captain Jen Aucoin is off to a fine start on uneven bars for the Wildcats. Aucoin has hit for team-high honors in that event for both meets this season, following up a 9.800 (T-4th) score in the win against Rutgers on Jan. 6 with another 9.800 (T-3rd) in the defeat at Central Michigan on Jan. 11.
ON THE HORIZON – Friday's meet begins a three-week stretch of home meets for the Wildcats. UNH plays host to Temple and Brown on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Wildcats' first tri-meet of 2013. The homestand concludes with a tri-meet against George Washington and Yale on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3) at 1 p.m.
FITNESS DAY – Friday night is Fitness Day at Lundholm Gymnasium. All fans that show their gym or fitness club membership tag will receive the discounted ticket rate of $3.00.