PITTSBURGH (February 4, 2012) –Rutgers University gymnastics improved its team score for the fourth week in a row and set season-highs on the vault and the balance beam to finish third at a quad meet inside Fitzgerald Field House on Saturday night. Host University of Pittsburgh won the meet with a team score of 194.550, followed by George Washington University (193.125), RU (192.500) and William & Mary (191.825).
Rutgers (4-5, 0-4 EAGL) scored best on the vault (48.675), marking the third highest score in the event in school history. The team record of 48.675 was established at the EAGL Championship last season (March 19, 2011).
“We had three great events tonight, but unfortunately we struggled on bars,” said first-year head coach Louis Levine. “There were a bunch of personal records set or tied, showing the work we have put in the gym. I am very pleased with the way we performed, but we need to keep working to finish strong in all four events. ”
Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) won the all-around title for the second-straight week, setting a new career-high with a total score of 39.075 to take first place amongst nine all-arounders in the meet. The sophomore notched new career-bests on both the vault (9.800) and the balance beam (9.800). She also earned a team-high on the uneven bars (9.700) in addition to scoring 9.775 on the floor exercise.
Sophomore Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) recorded the best finish of the night for the Scarlet Knights, finishing second on the vault with a 9.825 to tie a career-high. Junior Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) also tied a personal-best on vault with a 9.800.
Rutgers continued to show improvement on the balance beam with a season-best mark of 48.525. Gunzelman paced the team in the event while junior Emma-Rose Trentacosti (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) tied a personal record (9.750) and Straub set a new personal-best at 9.700.
Junior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the Scarlet Knights on the floor exercise with a 9.800. As a team, RU totaled 48.650 in the event, which took place in the first rotation.
Fitzgerald Field House will host the EAGL Championships on March 24.
Rutgers will return home to the Livingston Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. 11 to host Cortland and Brown in a tri-meet that is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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