PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 28, 2012) – Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) recorded a career-high score of 38.925 all-around, adding two event wins, and the Rutgers University gymnastics team notched a season-high overall mark to take first place in a quad meet on Saturday afternoon at the Livingston Recreation Center. First-year head coach Louis Levine earned his first victories as the leader of the RU program as the team evened its record at 3-3.
The Scarlet Knights scored 192.075 as a unit, followed by Temple University (190.800), Southern Connecticut State University (186.100) and Ursinus College (179.700).
“We were able to get three in the win column today, which was great,” said Levine. “We did better today and made some upgrades. We did two new vaults and a new bar routine and we keep inching our team score up ever so slightly. This is also the floor we wanted to put out there and we showed what our floor team is all about.
“It is a little weight off my shoulders,” said Levine of winning his first meet as a head coach. “With last week being so close, we just had to keep improving and getting better every week. The wins will come along if we can continue to do that.”
Gunzelman, the only Rutgers gymnast to have competed all-around in all four meets, took first place in both the vault (9.725) and uneven bars (9.825), while tying a career-high with a 9.825 score for a second-place finish on the floor exercise. The sophomore is averaging 38.538 in all-around through four meets.
Freshman Sara Skammer (Dallas, Pa.) had her best meet as a collegiate gymnast, taking second place and setting career-high scores in both the vault (9.700) and uneven bars (9.700). Junior Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) impressed on the floor exercise with a meet and career-best 9.850 mark in the event.
As a team, RU scored best on the floor exercise (48.775), followed by vault (48.225), uneven bars (47.675) and balance beam (47.400). The Scarlet Knights have improved their team score in every meet this season.
Temple’s (4-6) afternoon was highlighted by dominating performance on the balance beam, as the Owls claimed the top three spots led by a 9.800 score from sophomore Sylvie Borschel. Southern Connecticut State (3-4) was paced a 9.700 vault score by junior Rebecca Brady (tied for second), while Ursinus (2-7) performed best on the uneven bars (45.600).
Rutgers will head back on the road next week, traveling to EAGL rival Pittsburgh for a quad meet on Saturday, Feb. 4 with the Panthers, George Washington and William & Mary. Competition will begin at 6 p.m. inside Fitzgerald Field House.
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