PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 22, 2012) – After 11 meets and a 13-11 regular season record, Rutgers University gymnastics heads to the University of Pittsburgh for the much-anticipated East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 inside Fitzgerald Field House. Last season, the Scarlet Knights recorded its highest ever finish and score at the EAGLs, posting a 193.625 to finish fifth overall.
“We’ve been looking forward to this weekend for the last few weeks,” said Louis Levine, who will be leading the program in his first EAGL Championships as the head coach. “We’d like to beat history again.”
The EAGL is comprised of eight teams, including George Washington, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
The Scarlet Knights will start the day on the uneven bars and move to the balance beam, the floor exercise and the vault. There will be a one-rotation break between events with there being eight teams involved.
RU enters with a regional qualifying mark of 192.555, having scored best on the floor this year (48.427). RU reached 193.175 on March 3 at Cornell for its high-water mark of the season. Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) leads the team with a 38.634 average all-around score, while also pacing the squad on the vault (9.702) and the uneven bars (9.725). Freshman Anastasia Halbig (Schwenksville, Pa.) emerged as the most consistent performer on the balance beam (9.684) and junior Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) shined on the floor exercise (9.753), with both averages leading the team.
No. 20 NC State currently has the highest RQS in the conference with a 195.715. UNC took the title last season, scoring a 195.300.
In its last meet on March 16, Rutgers placed second at William & Mary with a 193.600 team score. The Scarlet Knights followed the same rotation that day that they will use Saturday. The Scarlet Knights competed inside Fitzgerald Field House previously this season, achieving a 192.500 mark on Feb. 4.
“This week we’ll push a little harder, try to get a few more routines and finish strong,” said Levine of this week’s preparation. “Our goal every meet is to go 24-for-24 [in finishing routines], so that will be the same goal this weekend.”
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