RALEIGH, N.C. – In a matchup of the East Atlantic Gymnastics League's top two teams, the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team edged North Carolina State, 195.600-195.550, at Reynolds Coliseum in Sunday's regular season finale for both teams.
UNH improved to 14-4, 6-2 EAGL by posting its second-highest road score of the season; N.C. State slipped to 12-8, 7-2 EAGL.
Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) headlined the team's balanced attack by finishing fourth on vault (9.750), tying for fourth on balance beam (9.825), sharing fifth on floor exercise (9.825) and tying for second place in all-around (39.150).
The Wildcats, who hit 23 of their 24 routines, began the meet by scoring a 48.900 on uneven bars. Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) led the way with a personal-best 9.850 for third place. Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) tallied a 9.800 to notch fifth.
Pflieger paced New Hampshire's vault lineup by scoring a 9.750 for fifth place, and Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) registered a 9.700 for seventh place as the 'Cats totaled a 48.425.
UNH stepped up on floor exercise by amassing a 49.150 that included four gymnasts with top-five placements. Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) tied for second place with matching scores of 9.850, while Aucoin and Pflieger shared fifth place (9.825).
Aucoin claimed New Hampshire's only individual victory of the night by tallying a 9.875 on balance beam. Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Pflieger tied for fourth place (9.825) to ignite the Wildcats' team beam score of 49.125, which matched NC State's floor exercise score in the final rotation and proved to be just enough for the win.
UNH plays host to the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. The Wildcats take on George Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Towson. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.