KENT, Ohio – The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team scored a 194.675 to finish in second place at Friday night's Kent State quad-meet at the MAC Center. The Wildcats conclude the regular season with a record of 17-7 following wins over Southeast Missouri State (194.025) and Cornell (192.450) and a loss to the host and 22nd-ranked Golden Flashes (195.975).
The Wildcats started the meet strong with first-place finishes on floor exercise from Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.), who totaled matching marks of 9.825 as part of a four-way deadlock for gold. Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) and Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) shared fifth place with scores of 9.800 as the floor lineup finished with an impressive 48.925 for first place in that event.
Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Barile led the way on vault with co-team high scores of 9.775 to tie for sixth place.
UNH ran into trouble in the third rotation on uneven bars. Despite early lineup setbacks, Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) stepped up with a 9.825 to earn a share of third place, and senior classmate Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) supported that performance by turning in a 9.775 (tie, eighth).
The highlight of the night occurred on balance beam when Gray performed an outstanding routine for a personal-best and first-place 9.950, marking her third straight meet at 9.900 or above on beam. Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) wrapped up a tie for third place with a career-high 9.900.
Fobes was the meet's all-around champion with a 38.950.
The Wildcats compete at the 2013 EAGL Championship, hosted by the University of North Carolina, on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.