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UNH Hosts Quad, Honors Seniors

By David F. Pendrys (Modest Image Gallery) (Official Results from UNH)

Editor’s Note: Attended this meet as a fan, but was acted as a fan of all four teams equally so feel this report can be properly impartial.

DURHAM, NH – In an unusual meeting of four teams Sunday afternoon, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats hosted Auburn, Central Michigan, and Rutgers at The Whittemore Center on Senior Day. When all was said and done Rutgers took the first place with a 195.900, just ahead of Auburn’s 195.825, as CMU posted a 195.175 and UNH compiled a 195.075.

In the Vault, Derrian Gobourne of Auburn took the crown with her 9.9, as Kaitlyn Hall of Rutgers landed in second with a 9.875 and Sierra Demarinis of CMU picked up third with a 9.85. Her teammate Hannah Demers sprung to fourth with a 9.825 just ahead of Auburn’s Jade Glenn who tallied a 9.8.

UNH’s best came from Emma Winer and Kylie Gorgenyi who had 9.775s as did Gracie Day of Auburn, Kennedy Rae Johnson of CMU, and Toni Williams and Hannah Joyner of RU.

On the Bars, Audriana Hammond of Central Michigan hit a 9.95 for first, followed her teammate Denelle Pedrick and Gobourne’s 9.9s. Gorgenyi, Demers and CMU’s Sydney Williams all had 9.875s for the third best score of the day.

A trio of Scarlet Knights picked up the best score for RU as Joyner, Abigail Karolewski, and Shannon Farrell all swung to 9.85s as did Johnson and Auburn’s Drew Watson.

Joyner reigned on Beam thanks to a 9.9, followed closely by Auburn’s Emma Slappey with a 9.875. A plethora of gymnasts were right behind as Winer, CMU’s Morgan Tong plus a trio RU gymnasts, Kiera Doherty-Herwitz, Belle Huang, and Erin McLachlan, all had 9.85s.

On the Floor, Gobourne and Huang took first with their 9.85s, as Demers and Joyner flipped to 9.825s for the second highest meet scores. UNH’s Robyn Kelley, Auburn’s Aria Brusch, and Williams all posted 9.8s for the third best tallies on the big mat.

Joyner also won the All Around with a four event total of 39.350, just ahead of Huang’s 39.200 and UNH’s Riley Freehling came in third with a 39.050.

Seniors Ava Watkins, Freehling, Lexi Calandra and Winer were honored after the meet concluded.

Watkins has competed in all four events at UNH but only has appeared in Bars and Floor lineups in 2020. She has career highs of 9.75 on Vault and 9.8 on both Beam and Bars.

Here’s one of the Bars routines that netted her one of those highs.

Her highest scoring career high, a 9.9 is on Floor.

Connecticut’s own Freehling is an All Arounder and has been competing in all four events in 2020. She has a career high of 39.200 in the AA, and highs of 9.8 on Vault, 9.875 on Bars, and 9.85s on Beam and Floor.

Here’s one of those Beam high routines:

And one of the Floor highs:

Calandra is specializing on Vault in 2020 and has a career high of 9.750

She also set her career high on Floor of 9.875 in 2017:

Winer appeared on every event but Bars for UNH and has been a consistent member of the lineup. In addition to a 9.850 career high on Vault, she also has a career high of 9.9 on Beam:

And a career high of 9.925 on Floor:

All videos embedded from UNH Gymnastics official videos.

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