UNH hosted the EAGL Conference Championships on Saturday and won the title with a 196.375! The last time UNH hosted this meet was in 2003, which was also the last year that they won this title. Maryland took second (195.7), Rutgers and North Carolina State tied for third (195.275), George Washington took fourth (194.65), followed by Pittsburgh in fifth (194.175), North Carolina in 6th (194.15), and Towson in 7th (193.375). This meet also recorded the highest spectator attendance in UNH gymnastics history!
UNH started the meet on balance beam, which as you know from my college gymnastics beam post, can be tricky. Balance beam can make or break a team, and starting on beam can set the tone for the entire meet. UNH hit all 6 beam routines and scored a whopping 49.175 for a team beam score. They kept their momentum going to floor where they hit an even more impressive 49.4, and senior Erin Machado scored a 9.9, which earned her first place in the meet. She is the first UNH gymnast since 1998 to win the EAGL floor exercise title! Hannah Barile, Janelle Minichiello, Meghan Pflieger, and Erika Rudiger all scored 9.875.
A strong vault rotation kept them in 1st place going into the final rotations, where they finished on bars, which was an event they struggled with earlier in the season. There were no struggles on bars, and with 6 hit routines, UNH won the EAGL title by a margin of .625 (which is a HUGE margin in college gymnastics).
I got the opportunity to be an auxiliary line judge on floor exercise, where my job was to raise a flag if the gymnast stepped out of bounds. I've been to college meets as a spectator and as a participant, but never as a judge. Sitting by the corner of the floor and having the opportunity to witness such beautiful, high level gymnastics and incredible energy and sportsmanship was a truly inspiring experience. College gymnastics is so very important to me, and my dream is to judge collegiately. This year, I plan on earning my level 10 judging rating. which will enable me to do that. My indoctrination to collegiate judging, even if only as an auxiliary judge, as motivated me more than ever to study hard and earn my level 10 rating so I can instead sit at one of those tables and not by the corner of the floor!
Our wildcats qualified to one of the 6 NCAA regional competitions! They will be competing at Penn State against Florida (one of the best teams in the country), Oregon State, Penn State, Kentucky, and Maryland. GO WILDCATS!
Meanwhile, in Spectrum news...
Our level 6 and 7 gymnasts competed in the final New Hampshire Sectional on Sunday, and we are happy to say that ALL of our optionals in level 6, 7, and 8 have qualified to the State Championships!
Julia - 3rd vault, 4th beam
Lauren - 3rd vault, 2nd bars, beam champion, 2nd floor, AA champion
Skyler - 2nd vault. 3rd beam
Ashley - 1st vault, 3rd AA
Chloe - 1st beam, 3rd floor
Hannah - 2nd beam, 3rd AA
Maddie - 3rd vault, 3rd bars
Olivia - 2nd beam
Teghan - vault champion, bars champion, 2nd floor, 2nd AA
Next stop: State Championships! Great job ladies!
We might be experiencing a seemingly never-ending winter outside, but it's warm inside of Spectrum! It's BEACH WEEK!
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
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Coach Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!