New Hampshire (4-1, 2-0 EAGL) vs George Washington (4-4, 1-1 EAGL), Yale (0-4, 0-1)
Feb. 3, 2013 • 1:00 p.m. • Lundholm Gymnasium • Durham, N.H.
Stick It For The Cure • Kids' Club Clinic
Live Stats: http://www.unhwildcats.com/sports/gymnastics/2012-13/files/20130203.htm
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Video Commentary: Dianna Kurowyckyj
LAST TIME OUT (Jan. 26) • Austyn Fobes placed first in vault and all-around to propel UNH to its highest score of the season (195.650) and a tri-meet victory against Brown and Temple at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH started strong on vault with a season-best 48.875, including a sweep of the meet's top four scores. Fobes notched first place with a 9.825, while Hannah Barile and Jillian Hudson finished in a second-place tie with matching scores of 9.800, which represented a personal best for Barile and a season high for Hudson. Erika Rudiger matched her career-high mark with a 9.775 to earn a share of fourth place.
Jen Aucoin ignited New Hampshire's uneven bar lineup with a first-place and personal-best 9.875. Fobes secured second place with a 9.850, and Jannelle Minichiello set a career best with a 9.800 to equal Rudiger for third place. UNH amassed a 49.025 on bars for its highest score of the meet and top bar mark of the season.
The Wildcats made it three straight season-high scores in the third rotation by compiling a 48.900 on balance beam. Kayla Gray led the way with a 9.875, which matched her season high and registered first place. Aucoin set a personal best with a 9.800, which resulted in a share of third place with Erin Machado, who tied her career high in the process.
UNH made it a four-event sweep by totaling a 48.850 on floor exercise. Machado starred with a 9.825 for the top spot, followed by a second-place 9.800 from Rudiger, who was awarded the meet's Katie Baldwin Expression Award for her efforts, and a 9.775 from Fobes, who finished third.
Fobes won the all-around gold with a 39.175 and was tabbed Tuesday as the EAGL co-Gymnast of the Week for the second time this season.
The Colonials scores of 48.600 and 48.100 on vault and balance beam, respectively, were the top team totals in the events this season. GW added scores of 48.450 on uneven bars and 48.275 on floor exercise.
Senior Stephanie Stoicovy earned a spot on the all-around podium for the third week in a row to start the season, scoring 38.925 for second place overall. Junior Betsy Zander joined her on the podium in third place with 38.900.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: After dropping its home opener against Penn last Sunday, the Yale gymnastics team will be chasing its first victory of the 2013 campaign.
Tara Feld has had an impressive senior season so far and was on form against the Quakers, finishing third in the all-around and second in three individual events. Sophomore Morgan Traina, last season's ECAC Rookie of the Year, tied with Feld for second on the uneven bars and finished second on the beam against Penn.
Junior Ashley O'Connor and freshman Brittney Sooksengdao also performed well against the defending Ivy champions and will look to make large contributions against George Washington and UNH on Sunday.
The Bulldogs became quite familiar with GW last year, facing off against the Colonials in Yale's last two regular season meets. Yale dropped a tight dual meet at GW last year by a score of 192.975-191.175. The next weekend, the Bulldogs finished fourth in a quad-meet in which GW came in second.
Yale only competed against UNH once last year, in a tri-meet that also included Brown. Yale finished second in that competition, scoring 190.275 to New Hampshire's 195.475. Yale gymnasts took three of the top four places in the all-around at last year's meet, with Feld finishing first, Traina third and current sophomore Joyce Li in fourth.
PROMOTIONS: Help the Wildcats support the fight against breast cancer in their annual Stick it for the Cure meet! Wear pink and get in to the meet for only $3.00! Stay after the meet for the UNH Wildcat Kids' Club Clinic (rescheduled from 1/6/13).