PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 16, 2012) – Coming off of a tri-meet victory last Saturday at the Livingston Recreation Center, Rutgers University gymnastics is set to travel to College Park, Md., to take on Maryland, West Virginia, and William & Mary in a quad meet on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. inside Comcast Center. The Scarlet Knights edged the Tribe in Pittsburgh on Feb. 4, but fell earlier in the season to the Mountaineers in Morgantown.
“We have to be on our game this weekend,” said first-year head coach Louis Levine, as RU will look to earn its first victory against an East Atlantic Gymnastics League opponent (0-4). “We have to put four events together and not get ahead of ourselves on each individual routine.”
The contest will be the second-straight Pink Meet for RU and will have live stats available here.
The Scarlet Knights won their most recent meet last Saturday against Cortland and Brown with a score of 192.375, the second highest total of the season. This home sweep pushed RU over .500 for the first time all season, as the team now sits at 6-5 for the year. Sophomores Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) and Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) finished first and second, respectively, in all-around competition. Gunzelman recorded an overall score of 38.750 to lead the Scarlet Knights, tying a career-high and winning in the vault (9.800), while setting new marks as the victor in the balance beam (9.850) and the uneven bars (9.900). Straub finished the meet with a score of 38.225 in her fourth all-around action of the season. Rutgers notched its highest uneven bars score (48.500), marking a vast improvement from the previous week (46.650).
Host Maryland (6-5, 2-2 EAGL) is coming off of a 195.225-192.700 loss at North Carolina last Friday. The Terps took two of the top three spots on vault, led by Ally Krikorian scoring a 9.900 in the event. The team is led by ninth-year head coach Brett Nelligan. Maryland has taken 34 of the 40 all-time matchups versus RU.
West Virginia (7-3, 3-0 EAGL) climbed to No. 22 in the rankings after upsetting No. 13 Auburn, 195.175-193.650, at the WVU Coliseum last Sunday afternoon. WVU fell to No. 11 Ohio State, who won the meet with a score of 195.45. The Mountaineers have scored 195.000 plus in three out of the four home meets this season, and have been ranked in the top-25 since Jan. 16. RU dropped to WVU on Jan. 15 by the score of 193.425-191.650.
William & Mary (1-13), a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, is coming off of earning its second-best score of the season last Sunday at the Sweetheart Invitational. The Tribe finished fourth overall, posting a score of 190.775. W&M also earned its season-high on beam (47.575), and almost equaled their season best on vault at 48.225. Senior Kristin Milardo was the team’s top performer, scoring a season-best on the beam (9.575) as well as ending with a career-high of 38.625, ranking sixth overall. Rutgers faced William & Mary in Pittsburgh on Feb. 4, winning 192.500-191.825.
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