ITHACA, N.Y. (March 3, 2012) – Behind a season-high 193.175 team score and three first-place finishes, Rutgers University gymnastics finished in first place in a quad meet at Cornell on Saturday inside Teagle Hall Gymnasium. It was the third meet this season that the Scarlet Knights took the top line.
Rutgers improved to 11-9 on the season, besting Eastern Michigan (192.225), Temple (191.375) and host Cornell (191.275).
“Overall, we had a really good meet today,” said head coach Louis Levine. “We started out on bars and improved a lot from where we have been the last couple weeks. I was also proud of our performance on beam and how we were able to finish out the meet, not letting the other teams back in. We are really excited about how we did and this was a step in the right direction. We just have to keep working hard in the gym and improving. The sky is the limit with this team and we have to keep progressing.”
Uneven bars had been an event the Scarlet Knights had struggled on recently, but RU started strong with a 48.225 team score, led by a first-place finish and a career-high 9.900 mark from junior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.).
Rutgers notched a season-high on the balance beam (48.600), with freshman Anastasia Halbig (Schwenksville, Pa.) winning first place in the event for the second-straight week, scoring a 9.800. Graduate student Leigh Heinbaugh (Sicklerville, N.J.) and junior Emma-Rose Trentacosti (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) tied for second with marks of 9.775, each setting personal-bests.
On the floor exercise, sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) earned first with a career-high 9.875. Junior Nicole Romano (Livingston, N.J.) finished second with a 9.775, as RU recorded a 48.075 on the event.
The Scarlet Knights ended the day strong on the vault with a 48.275 score to clinch first place in the meet. Junior Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) led RU with a second-place finish (9.750).
Gunzelman was the only Scarlet Knight to compete all-around, finishing second (38.725).
Rutgers returns to the Livingston Recreation Center next weekend, hosting Towson and West Chester in a tri-meet that will be broadcast live on RVision on Saturday, March 10. The program will honor its departing seniors and graduate student during the meet that will start at 1 p.m.
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