Panza, Ham and Gray Take Week 6 EAGL Honors

2012 EAGL Week 6 Release

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (February 14, 2012) – NC State’s Jess Panza and Diahanna Ham have been named the EAGL Gymnast and Specialist of the Week, respectively. New Hampshire’s Kayla Gray is the league’s Rookie of the Week.

Jess Panza

EAGL Gymnast of the Week – Jess Panza, Senior, NC State

NC State senior Jess Panza recorded a pair of 9.9s on beam and floor to power the Wolfpack to an upset win over No. 10 Penn State on Feb. 11. The New York, N.Y., native has been excellent on beam this season and leads the league in beam average (9.833). She is currently tied for 14th nationally on beam. Panza’s floor score matched her career best and was good for first in the event, while her beam mark earned her second place. She also finished fifth on bars with a 9.775 score.

EAGL Specialist of the Week – Diahanna Ham, Sophomore, NC State

NC State junior Diahanna Ham tied the school record with a 9.95 on vault to finish first in the event in the Pack’s upset win over No. 10 Penn State on Feb. 11. Ham’s vault was the team’s highest score in the event since 2004; she became just the third Wolfpack gymnast to score a 9.95 on vault. The Boston, Mass., native also scored 9.875 on floor and finished second.

EAGL Rookie of the Week – Kayla Gray, Freshman, New Hampshire

New Hampshire freshman Kayla Gray scored a personal-best 9.9 to secure first place on balance beam at Penn on Feb. 10. The Buffalo, N.Y., native also earned a career-high 9.825 on floor to give her a share of first place. Gray has notched UNH’s top beam score in four of the last five meets.