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    Gymnastics Hosts Annual Governor's Cup
    RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State gymnastics will host the annual Governor's Cup this Saturday, Feb. 7, at 6pm in Reynolds Coliseum. The meet is a competition between the state of Maryland (Towson and Maryland) and North Carolina (NC State and UNC). In addition, New Hampshire will also compete in this meet.

    Fans are encouraged to attend and support Wolfpack gymnastics, as the team would like to top last week's attendance mark of 3,614.

    Three of the four teams the Wolfpack will welcome are EAGL foes, including the league's No. 2 ranked team, New Hampshire, in addition to UNC (4th) and Maryland (5th). NC State is currently sixth in EAGL, but has averaged a 193.800 over the last two meets, a mark that would rank second in the league.

    Individually, junior Taylor Seaman had an impressive pair of meets last week against No. 1 Georgia and Pittsburgh. For her performance, including a pair of floor wins against Georgia (9.875) and Pittsburgh (9.925), Seaman was named EAGL Gymnast of the Week for the first time in 2009 and the second time in her career.

    Seaman is currently ranked No. 3 in EAGL on floor and fifth in the all-around. She either is tied for or outright leads the team in high score on vault, bars, beam, floor and the all-around. In terms of event averages, Seaman leads they way on Vault, bars, floor and the all-around.

    In addition, freshman Brooke Barr was named the EAGL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after a strong showing against No. 1 Georgia and Pittsburgh. She finished third on vault against Georgia with a 9.850, and then tied for first on vault at Pittsburgh with a career-high 9.875. She also posted a career-best 9.875 on floor to finish second at Pittsburgh.

    On the year, Barr leads the team in event average on beam and ranks second on vault and third on the floor.

    Senior Ashley Shepard has been a rock on floor, averaging a 9.765 to rank second on the team and seventh in EAGL on the event. She posted back-to-back scores of 9.8 on the event and had gone 9.8 or higher in three of the five meets this season.

    Sophomore Brittany Vontz ranks seventh in the all-around in EAGL, and second on the team. She also is third in average on bars and beam on the team and fourth on floor.

    Sophomore Brittney Hardiman, the 2008 EAGL Rookie of the Year, has stepped up over the last two meets in posting her top-two scores in the all-around this season. She finished third against Georgia with a 38.900, and was first at Pittsburgh with a 39.100, including a career-high tying 9.875 on vault to tie for first against the Panthers.

    NC State gymnastics will return to the gym next Friday, Feb. 13 for the annual Sweetheart Invitational.



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