Gymnastics Looks to Keep Rolling in Tri-Meet at Towson (Feb. 22, 7 p.m.)

Jannelle Minichiello

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New Hampshire (6-3) at Towson (5-10) w/ William & Mary (2-7)
  Feb. 22, 2014 • 7:00 p.m. • SECU Arena • Towson, Md.
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LAST TIME OUT - DURHAM, N.H. (Feb. 15, 2014) – UNH scored a season-high 195.575 in defeating Brown University and Centenary College in Saturday's Stick It for the Cure tri-meet at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH eclipsed the 195.000 mark for the third straight meet to up its record 6-3 on the season. Brown (7-6) placed second with a 191.600 and Centenary (1-9) totaled a 188.600.

The Wildcats boasted the top three scorers on each of the four events. Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) spearheaded a team 48.850 on vault with a first-place 9.825. Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) hit for a 9.800 for second place, and Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) and Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) shared third place (9.775).

Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) scored a personal-best 9.825 on uneven bars to share first place with Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.). Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.), who was awarded the meet's Katie Baldwin Expression Award, claimed third place with a 9.775, with Barile (9.750) and Pflieger (9.675) rounding out the top five. The 'Cats compiled a season-high 48.850 on bars.

Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) continued her superb season on balance beam with a 9.875, a first-place mark that topped all event scores and headlined UNH's 48.825 team result. Hill finished in second place with a 9.800, and Aucoin registered a 9.775 for third place.

Aucoin capped her memorable meet with a 9.850 on floor exercise to lead all competitors. Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) posted a 9.825 for second place, and Minichiello and Barile shared third place (9.800) to help the Wildcats equal their season high floor score (49.050).

Pflieger was crowned all-around champion for the third consecutive meet with a 38.775.  

SCOUTING THE TIGERS: Towson (5-10) scored a 189.375 and finished in third place at the 28th annual Shelli Calloway Memorial Towson University Invitational at SECU Arena on Feb. 15. Junior Samantha Lutz finished second in the all-around competition (38.400). The injury-riddled Tigers, who only competed five gymnasts in each event, didn't vault well and struggled on bars. They closed out the meet with a strong showing on floor exercise, earning a 48.075.

Freshman Bailey Gallagher turned in strong performances on beam and floor. She finished second on beam (9.725) and tied for second on floor (9.725).

It marked the first time since 2002 that the Tigers didn't win the Invitational. Towson had won 24 of the 27 previous Invitational meets.

SCOUTING THE TRIBE: The William and Mary women's gymnastics team posted its second-best score of the season (192.650) in placing fourth at the Sweetheart Invitational hosted by North Carolina State on Feb. 15. The host Wolfpack claimed the team title (196.050). The Tribe is 2-7 on the season.
            Brittany Stover is the ECAC's top-ranked performer on vault (9.800 average), and teammate Alyssa Glass is No. 2 (9.735 average). Stover is also the league leader on bars (9.715 average), beam (9.715 average) and all-around (38.775 average).

NEXT UP: The Wildcats visit George Washington University on Monday, March 3, for a 7 p.m. tri-meet that also features Maryland.

ROCKING ROOKIES: For the second straight week and third time this season, UNH redshirt freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) was named the EAGL Rookie of the Week on Feb. 18. It's the third honor for Aucoin and the fifth straight week a Wildcat has garnered the award.  

Aucoin, who was previously tabbed EAGL Rookie of the Week on Jan. 28 and Feb. 11, was feted following UNH's season-high 195.575 performance in a tri-meet victory over Brown and Centenary at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 15. The native of Double Oak, Texas, shared third place on vault with a 9.775, claimed third on balance beam with a 9.775 and notched the top mark on floor exercise with a 9.850.

Aucoin has a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.785 on vault, which matches teammate and two-time Rookie of the Week Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) for 10th in EAGL. Aucoin is tied for 16th in EAGL on beam (9.645 RQS).

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