PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 1, 2012) – Following a victory at home, Rutgers University gymnastics travels to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers as well as George Washington and William & Mary in a quad meet on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. inside Fitzgerald Field House. The EAGL Championships will also be held at Pittsburgh later this season.
“I do think it is an advantage to compete at Pitt in the regular season,” said first-year head coach Louis Levine. “To go there and compete on the same equipment and stay in the same hotel, we will get down a routine of what we’ll be doing when we go out there in March.”
In its most recent meet, Rutgers (3-3, 0-2 EAGL) defeated Southern Connecticut State, Temple and Ursinus with a season-high score of 192.075 at the Livingston Recreation Center. Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) scored a career-high of 38.925 in the all-around, also taking first place in the vault (9.725) and uneven bars (9.825). Junior Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) scored a career-best of 9.850 on the floor exercise to earn the first place in the event.
George Washington (5-3, 0-2 EAGL) is coming off a second place finish in a tri-meet against Towson and West Virginia. The Colonials reached their season-high score of 193.125, but fell short versus the Mountaineers in Morgantown. Following first and second place finishes in the first two meets of the season, junior Stephanie Stoicovy finished third in the all-around with a score of 38.550. RU fell to GWU by a difference of .25 in the most recent regular season meeting between the schools last season in Washington, D.C. Margie Foster-Cunningham is in her 27th year as head coach.
Host Pittsburgh (0-3, 0-2 EAGL) is coming off a 195.625-193.500 home loss to No. 11 Ohio State. The team was led by senior Alicia Talucci, who posted a 9.850 on both the vault and the balance beam. Freshman Haley Bodenheimer was named EAGL Rookie of the Week for totaling a 38.825 all-around score in the meet. The last time the Scarlet Knights faced the Panthers was in a neutral meet at West Virginia in 2011, with RU winning 191.150-189.025 over Pitt. Debbie Yohman is in her 25th year as the head coach of the Pitt gymnastics program.
William & Mary (1-7), a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, recently lost a dual meet at North Carolina, 193.425-189.450. Sophomore Jessica Pritchard earned 9.475 on vault, and led the team with a 9.650 on floor. She finished the day as the Tribe’s leading scorer in the all-around with a career-high 38.350. W&M scored season-bests on both the bars (47.750) and the floor exercise (47.900). The last meeting with the Tribe was in a quad meet at Maryland last season as Rutgers took third (192.975) with W&M finishing at 186.975. Mary Lewis brings 18 years of experience as the head coach of the Tribe.
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