Watkins Notches First Career 9.9
Jan. 18, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman Brittni Watkins recorded her first career 9.9 on floor, as the NC State Wolfpack were edged by the New Hampshire Wildcats, 193.850-193.525. Watkins' score of 9.9 was also the highest score of night by any gymnast.
"Overall, as young as some of the kids are and some of them haven't competed in all of the events, it's a growing period for us and we're going to do nothing but get better from it," said head coach Mark Stevenson.
NC State started the meet on bars and struggled slightly, posting a team score of 47.100. Senior Rachel Fincham tallied the highest score in the event with a 9.825, earning a tie for first place. Junior Stephanie Ouellette registered the next best score for the Pack with a 9.750, while junior Heidi Ffield scored a 9.550.
"It was just little mistakes in a couple of our newer routines, but we'll keep working on it to get better," said Stevenson.
Junior Diahanna Ham was once again stellar on vault, notching the event's top score with a 9.850. Ouellette and Watkins each recorded 9.8s, while freshman Michaela Woodford scored a 9.750. Senior Morgan Johnson and junior Hannah Fallanca rounded out the team's performance on vault, registering 9.7 and 9.675, respectively. As a squad, State posted a score of 48.900.
At the meet's halfway point, NC State trailed New Hampshire 96.725-96.000.
In addition to Watkins' career-best score on the floor exercise, sophomore Lane Jarred notched the second highest score for the Pack with a 9.7, while Fincham scored a 9.675. The Wolfpack ended the event with a team score of 48.375.
State closed out the night on beam, posting the highest team score of the night with a seasons-best 49.150. Fallanca and Jarred paced the group with 9.85s, tying for first. Fincham and Woodford notched the next highest scores with 9.825s, good for third. Ham scored a 9.8, while Ouellette tallied a 9.725. The Wolfpack claimed all three podium spots in the event, finishing first, second and third.
"We struggled somewhat on floor and through the first three events, but we had a conversation about the things that define a team and how they respond to adversity is one of them," said Stevenson. "So we defined ourselves by posting our highest score of the night on beam, so I was really proud of how they finished."
In the all-around, Ouellette claimed first with a 38.850, while Ham snagged third with a 38.200.
NC State returns to action on Friday, Jan. 25 at home against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults (18 & older) and $3 for senior citizens (65 & older).