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Rutgers Gymnastics Travels to Maryland for Quad Meet
Scarlet Knights take on two EAGL opponents
  • Posted on February 16, 2012 6:11:04 PM
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  • 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.

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    “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.

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding women’s gymnastics, follow the program on Twitter @RUGymnastics. Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

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