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Wildcats finish second in D.C.

The UNH gymnastics team set a season-high with a score of 196.075 points at the George Washington Quad-Meet on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The Wildcats finished second out of the four teams competing as George Washington University took first place, and Towson University and Ball State University finished in third and fourth, respectively. The Colonials won their home meet by barely beating out the Wildcats with a score of 196.400.

Sophomore Danielle Doolin put together a complete performance for the Wildcats, as she was the only UNH gymnast to participate in all four events. Her performance yielded an all-around score of 39.025 with her best performance coming on the balance beam as she posted a career-high 9.850. Doolin’s teammates also executed on the beam as the Wildcats had four other gymnasts finish in the top 10. Junior Casey Lauter and sophomore Danielle Mulligan both tied Doolin’s score of 9.850 on the balance beam as the three of them tied for third overall.

With UNH narrowly outscoring the Colonials on the vault, George Washington set themselves apart from the pack with their collective performances on the bars. The Colonials had four gymnasts score a 9.800 or higher on the bars while Ball State had three and Towson and the Wildcats only had one each.

That one gymnast for UNH, however, had the best performance from a Wildcat all afternoon. Mulligan scored a career-high tying 9.900 with her execution on the bars, which led her to a first-place finish individually for the meet.

As a team, UNH improved coming off of last week’s win over Utah State in beam, floor and the vault. Overall, the Wildcats had the best team score on the balance beam and the floor exercise and posted season-high’s on the vault, bars and beam.

The Wildcats improve to 9-2 after the weekend and will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio next Saturday, Feb. 11 to go head-to-head with the Bowling Green State University Falcons at 2:30 p.m.

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