PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 10, 2012) – Three Scarlet Knights eclipsed 9.800 on the floor exercise to help Rutgers University gymnastics finish second in a tri-meet at the Livingston Recreation Center on Saturday. RU (12-10) totaled a 192.900 team score to finish higher than West Chester University (10-8), who racked up a 189.025. Towson University (16-5) won the meet with a score of 193.450.
Spirits were high throughout the day in support of the program’s four seniors and one graduate student. Following the final rotation, a ceremony was held to honor the contributions of Alexandra Belvis (Hinsdale, Ill.), Melanie Brother (Crofton, Md.), Leigh Heinbaugh (Sicklerville, N.J.), Danae Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) and Nicole Schwartz (Somerset, N.J.).
In front of another capacity crowd, Rutgers scored highest on the floor exercise for the sixth time this season with a 48.800 performance in the event to take the top three spots on the podium. Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) totaled a meet-high 9.850, followed by a score of 9.825 by junior Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) and a 9.800 from junior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.).
Vault was also a strong event for the Scarlet Knights, highlighted by a 9.775 from Gunzelman. Sophomore Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) added a 9.725 to help RU accumulate a 48.275 score from the judges.
Gunzelman and D’Elia both put up 9.800 marks on the uneven bars to tie for first and freshman Anastasia Halbig (Schwenksville, Pa.) led the team with a 9.750 on the balance beam to round out the high scores.
Gunzelman was the only all-arounder for the Scarlet Knights, marking her second-highest score (39.050) of the season. Kacy Catanzaro of Towson won the all-around (39.075) in addition to the vault (9.875) and balance beam (9.875).
A replay of the meet can be seen on RVision, presented by AT&T.
Adding up the four event scores, RU totaled a 193.200, but 0.3 was deducted by the judges after a failed video review.
Rutgers returns to the road next weekend for its final regular season meet at William & Mary. East Atlantic Gymnastics League foe North Carolina State will also be in attendance for the tri-meet that take place on Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. inside Kaplan Arena.
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