March 2, 2013

Gymnasts Win Senior Day UNH Invitational Quad-Meet

DURHAM, N.H.Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) recorded first-place scores on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise to propel the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to a 194.850 and a quad-meet victory in Saturday's UNH Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH improved to 13-5 overall and 6-2 in East Atlantic Gymnastics (EAGL) competition by edging Towson (194.675), Brown (191.850) and Yale (190.925).

Fobes tallied a 9.825 on vault, her highest mark since Jan. 26, to finish in a three-way tie for first place, and Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) set a personal best with a 9.800 for fourth place to lead a team total of 48.550.

The Wildcats swept the top four places on uneven bars en route to a 49.225, which was 0.075 off a school record for that apparatus. Fobes set the tone with a season-high 9.900, matching the eighth-highest bar score in UNH history, while three other Wildcat gymnasts set career highs: Rudiger made it back-to-back personal-best events with a 9.875 for second place; a career-high 9.850 from Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) gave the sophomore third place and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) set a career mark with a 9.825 for fourth place.

Gray equaled her career high with a 9.900 on balance beam for first place, and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) earned a share of fifth place with a 9.700, but the Wildcats slipped into second place through three rotations due to a low team score of 47.975.

The 'Cats closed strong with a 49.100 on floor exercise, with Fobes posting her third first-place score of the meet with a personal-best 9.900. Gray tied her career high for the second straight meet with a 9.875, and Barile matched that mark with a personal-best-tying 9.875 as the meet's final competitor to give the Wildcats a come-from-behind victory by 0.175 points over the Tigers.

Gray's career-high 39.275 mark on all-around took first place, ahead of Towson's Abby Griswold (38.575) and Fobes (38.350).

UNH will compete in a quad-meet at No. 23 Penn State on Saturday, March 9, at 4 p.m. against the Nittany Lions, Pennsylvania and Temple. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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