Despite a team-high score of 9.800 by Kayla Gray of the Town of Tonawanda, the University of New Hampshire entry turned in a last-place team score on the balance beam, and it was a major reason the Wildcats didn’t advance out of the University Park Regional of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships on Saturday at Penn State.
UNH totaled only 48.525 on the beam. Oregon State won the apparatus with a team total 49.125.
Florida and Penn State led the overall team scoring and advanced to the NCAA championships April 19 in Birmingham, Ala.
New Hampshire finished fifth, 1.700 points behind the second-place Penn State.
At the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La., host LSU overtook Kent State on the final round and won that regional with a total of 198.325. Stanford (197.275) was second. Nicole Radon (Frontier) was 30th on the beam, scoring a 9.75 on the beam and 31st with 9.8 in floor exercise for Kent State, which wound up fourth with 195.125.