PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 13, 2012) – In the final chance to prepare for the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships, the Rutgers University gymnastics team will travel to Williamsburg, Va., for its final regular season meet versus the College of William & Mary with conference foe No. 20 North Carolina State also in attendance. The competition is scheduled for Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. inside Kaplan Arena at William & Mary Hall.
“We are starting to realize that we can compete with anybody that we go up against,” said first-year head coach Louis Levine. “NC State, obviously, is the top-ranked team in our conference and it will be a good barometer to see how we stack up against them. We haven’t got to see them yet this year, so we are looking forward to it and we will know a little bit more about what we are getting ourselves into heading into the conference championships.”
Rutgers (12-10) finished second last Saturday in a tri-meet at the Livingston Recreation Center with a 192.900 team score, the second-highest mark of the season. Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) continued her breakthrough season with a 39.050 all-around score, including a 9.850 first-place mark on the floor exercise. Juniors Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) (9.825) and Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.) (9.800) followed behind in the event.
Host William & Mary (2-21) posted a 191.225, but fell to NC State last Friday in Raleigh, N.C. The Tribe equaled their season-high on the vault (48.250), led by Kristin Milardo (9.700). Head coach Mary Lewis had 18 years of experience leading the program. Rutgers defeated W&M in two prior meetings this season – Feb. 4 at Pittsburgh and Feb. 18 at Maryland.
NC State (10-5) scored a 195.525 on Sunday in a loss at No. 5 Georgia, but leads the EAGL with a 195.600 regional qualifying score. NCSU also has the highest meet team score in the league, earning a 196.775 on Feb. 11. Rachel Fincham went for a 9.850 on the uneven bars, while Lane Jarred earned a 9.850 on the balance beam and a 9.775 on the floor exercise in their last meet. Veteran head coach Mark Stevenson is in his 32nd season as the leader of the program. This will be the first regular season meeting between RU and NCSU since Jan. 15, 2010 at Reynolds Coliseum, when the Wolfpack won 193.825-188.100.
This will be the last chance for the Scarlet Knights to build momentum for the EAGL Championships, scheduled for March 24 at the University of Pittsburgh.
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