PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 23, 2012) – Coming off of a third-place finish in a quad meet last Saturday at the University of Maryland, Rutgers University gymnastics returns home to the Livingston Recreation Center for the annual Alumni Meet on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. The Scarlet Knights will compete against Bridgeport, Air Force and Eastern Michigan.
The Scarlet Knights placed third in their most recent meet last Saturday with a team score of 191.700 at Maryland. Rutgers (7-7, 0-6 EAGL) scored highest on the floor exercise once again (48.450), led by a 9.800 from junior Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.). Classmate Nicole Romano (Livingston, N.J.) scored a season-high 9.775 in the event. RU is 5-1 at home this season.
“We had some nice individual performances last weekend and we are just missing a couple of routines to put us in the 193-195 range,” said first-year head coach Louis Levine. “We have stepped up our difficulty of routines throughout the year, and we just have to be a bit more consistent to improve our scores. We are looking forward to the Alumni Meet this week; there is always a lot of energy in the building. It will be a fun meet for everyone involved.”
Bridgeport (9-5) is coming off of a second place finish at the 2012 Metroplex Challenge in Forth Worth, Texas, scoring 193.600 points, the team’s second-highest total of 2012. Junior Monica Mesalles Sallares took first place on the vault on Saturday with a score of 9.900, also capturing the all-around title (39.050). Eighth-year head coach Byron Knox leads the program, which competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Air Force (3-4), a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, recorded its highest score of the season to defeat league-leader UC Davis, 191.625-190.925, last Saturday. The win was the Falcons’ second straight victory over a conference opponent. Sophomore Jessica Hanner recorded the team’s top finish on the balance beam, collecting a career-best mark of 9.800 to take second. Sixth-year head coach Doug Day leads the Falcons.
Eastern Michigan (2-6) dropped 193.425-192.150 to Ball State last Friday in a Mid-American Conference meet. The Eagles were led by senior Amanda Fuller’s first place vault finish, tallying a career-high 9.800. The team scored highest on the floor exercise (48.350) in the meet. Head coach Steve Wilce has led the Eagles for the past 31 years.
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