PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 9, 2012) – Following a third-place finish in a quad meet last weekend at Pitt in which many personal records were set or tied, Rutgers University gymnastics returns home to take on SUNY Cortland and Brown University at the Livingston Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. The contest has been recognized as “The Pink Meet” and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer research. Donations for the cause will be accepted at designated locations in the building.
“We have to keep progressing, we’re going in the right direction,” said first-year head coach Louis Levine. “We did really well on floor and vault, struggled on bars and then came back on beam [last week]. Beam is an event that we have really been working on so we want to continue to make progress and hopefully step up our game on bars this week.”
Rutgers (4-5) is coming off a third place finish on the road at Pitt last Saturday night highlighted by a strong vault performance (48.675), which tied for the third-highest score in school history on the event. The Scarlet Knights defeated William & Mary with a season-high score of 192.500, but fell to Pittsburgh and George Washington. Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) won the all-around title for the second-consecutive week with a career-high score of 39.075. She also recorded career-bests on vault (9.800) and balance beam (9.800). Sophomore Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) finished second on the vault with a score of 9.825, tying her personal-best.
Cortland (1-4) is coming off its first victory of the season. The Red Dragons scored a season-high 187.525 to defeat Springfield College on Sunday afternoon. Senior Marissa Goodstein finished in first place on the vault with a season-high score of 9.775, while classmate Ashley Fleming came in second place with a score of 9.550 to earn ECAC Gymnastics Specialist of the Week. The last time Rutgers met Cortland, the Scarlet Knights won with a final score of 193.525-187.500 on the road last season. Gary Babjack is in his 14th year as head coach of the gymnastics program.
In its most recent meet, Brown (1-3) came in third place in a tri-meet against New Hampshire and Yale. Sophomore Michelle Shnayder placed second in the all-around competition with a combined score of 38.675. She added a third-place finish on her floor routine, posting a 9.825. The Bears also traveled to Piscataway last season to take part in a quad meet at the Livingston Gym that was won by the Scarlet Knights. Sara Carver-Milne is in her 11th season as the head coach of the Bears.
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