Gymnastics Squares Off with Maryland on Faculty/Staff Day (Saturday, Feb. 1)

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New Hampshire (2-3, 0-2 EAGL) vs Maryland (1-2, 0-1 EAGL)
  Faculty/Staff Day
  Feb. 1, 2014 • 1:00 p.m. • Lundholm Gymnasium • Durham, N.H.
Live Stats:
  http://unhwildcats.com/sports/gymnastics/2013-14/files/20140201.htm
Video Streaming: http://unhwildcats.tv/
Video Commentary: Courtney Connors, Austyn Fobes

LAST TIME OUT: PITTSBURGH (Jan. 25, 2014) – Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) tied for first place (9.825) on balance beam, but the UNH gymnastics team was defeated 194.025-191.725 by Pittsburgh in Saturday's EAGL dual-meet at Fitzgerald Field House.

UNH turned its fortunes around in the second rotation with its strongest showing of the season on vault, where it outscored Pitt, 48.850-48.775. Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) led the way with a 9.825 for second place. Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) recorded a personal-best 9.800 to earn a share of third place. Jennifer King (Freehold, N.J.) established a personal best with a 9.750 to match Hill for fifth place.

Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) executed a terrific performance on floor exercise to score a 9.850, which held up for second place behind Pittsburgh's Lindsay Offutt (9.875).

The 'Cats outscored the Panthers on beam, 48.725-48.525, with Gray and Hill sharing gold while Jannelle Minichiello (Tewskbury, Mass.) placed fourth with a season-high 9.750.

SCOUTING MARYLAND: Senior Katy Dodds is out for the season after tearing her Achilles tendon in warm-ups at North Carolina last weekend. Dodds was a staple performer on vault, bars and floor for the Terps. Last season, Dodds earned All-America honors.

In Dodds' absence, head coach Brett Nelligan will make changes to the lineups. He plans to have Nikola Chung compete in the vacant bars slot, Emily Braukmuller on vault and Alex Zimmermann on floor. Chung and Brauckmuller both filled in at North Carolina.

PROMOTIONS: The Wildcats are paying homage to their favorite UNH professors and staff members prior to the dual-meet against Maryland. Following the meet, there will be a Kids' Club clinic.

BACK-TO-BACK ROOKIE OF WEEK: UNH redshirt freshman gymnast Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) garnered the EAGL Rookie of the Week Award on Jan. 29.

Aucoin, who missed the entire 2013 season due to a shoulder injury, has established herself as a three-event stalwart in the Wildcats' lineup this year. On Jan. 25 at Pittsburgh, she set a personal best with a 9.800 on vault to tie for third place. Aucoin added a 9.700 on balance beam to earn a share of sixth place, and she scored a 9.725 on floor exercise for seventh place.

Through three meets, Aucoin is ranked second among Wildcats on vault (9.775 average) and leads the team on bars (9.700 average). She is the second straight UNH gymnast to earn the EAGL Rookie of the Week award. Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) shared the honor with Chelsea Raineri of George Washington University on Jan. 21. 

NEXT UP: UNH ventures to Yale for a dual-meet against the Bulldogs on Saturday, Feb. 8 (1 p.m.). The Wildcats topped the Bulldogs, 193.700-187.500, during the Wildcat Invitational at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 19.

EAGLS AT UNH: UNH will play host to the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.

 
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