Pack Gymnastics Finishes Second at Quad Meet
Feb. 2, 2013
DENVER - The 24th-ranked NC State gymnastics team finished second in its first quad meet of the season, posting a final team score of 194.925. The Wolfpack finished second behind No. 13 Denver with a 196.050, and ahead of San Jose State (193.425) and Air Force (192.675).
"We did a really nice job in the first three events," said head coach Mark Stevenson. "We struggled on bars, but overall our team did well. We're going to continue to get better and upgrade to make sure we are where we need to be."
The Pack opened the meet on beam, notching a team score of 48.675. Senior Rachel Fincham and junior Hannah Fallanca paced the Pack with 9.8s to tie for third. Diahanna Ham recorded the next best score with a 9.725, while Kristen Harabedian tallied a 9.7. Freshman Michaela Woodford rounded out the scoring for State with a 9.650.
Brittni Watkins continued her streak of strong performances on floor exercise, finishing second with a 9.850. The freshman from Albany, N.Y., has now posted the top score in the event for the Pack in each of the last four meets. Junior Stephanie Ouellette scored a 9.825, while Ham notched a 9.8. Harabedian and Woodford recorded a 9.750 and 9.650, respectively. The gymnasts combined for a team score of 48.675 in the event.
After the first two rotations, State trailed Denver, 97.900-97.550, and led Air Force (96.250) and San Jose State (96.000).
On vault, State posted its highest team score of the night and season-best 49.200. Ham tallied a 9.925 to claim a share of first place along with Denver's Moriah Martin. Ham's score was the highest score of the season by a Wolfpack gymnast. Ouellette and Watkins tallied 9.85s, while Woodford scored a 9.8. Senior Morgan Johnson recorded a 9.775 to count as the final score for the Pack in the event.
The Wolfpack closed out the meet on bars, posting a team score of 48.175. Fincham headlined the group with a 9.875, which was good for first. Harabedian tallied the next best score for the Pack with a 9.700 and Woodford scored a 9.650. Watkins also competed in the event, registering a 9.6.
NC State will return to action on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., when it travels to College Park, Md., to compete against the Terps, New Hampshire and Towson.