PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 1, 2012) – Coming off of a season-high team score in a quad meet last Saturday at the Livingston Recreation Center, Rutgers University gymnastics heads to Ithaca, N.Y., to compete in a quad meet at Cornell University with Eastern Michigan University and Temple University on Saturday, March 3 at 12 noon inside Teagle Hall Gymnasium. RU last traveled to Cornell in 2010.
Rutgers (8-9) earned its highest team score of the season, 192.400, in addition to setting season-highs on the floor exercise (48.925) and the balance beam (48.925) last weekend. Junior Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) and sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) each scored personal-best marks of 9.875 on the floor exercise, tying for second place. Freshman Anastasia Halbig (Schwenksville, Pa.) highlighted the efforts on the balance beam with a career-high 9.875 score, placing first.
Cornell (9-11) also set its season-high team score (191.875) last weekend to finish in second place at the Ivy Classic. Tiffany Chen earned an Ivy title on vault (9.775), marking the fifth-straight season at least one Cornell gymnast earned an Ivy Classic Title. Paul Beckwith, the 2001 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and three-time USA Gymnastics Collegiate Coach of the Year (2001, 07, 08), is in his 18th season as head coach of the Big Red.
Eastern Michigan (5-7) and the Scarlet Knights gather for the second-straight week after the Eagles finished second at RU last weekend (193.125). More recently, the Eagles defeated Ursinus on Tuesday. Freshman Anna Willette finished first on vault (9.775) in the meet. Head coach Steve Wilce has led the Eagles for the past 31 years.
Temple (7-9) was edged 194.425-191.050 by North Carolina in its last meet on Feb. 17. Taking third overall, fifth-year competitor Katie Canning led the Owls with her score of 37.600 in the all-around. This will be the second time the Scarlet Knights will meet the Owls this season, as RU took first place over TU’s second-place finish in a quad meet at the Livingston Gym on Jan. 28. Sixth-year head coach Aaron Murphy leads the program.
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