PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 12, 2013) – The Rutgers gymnastics team came out on top in its home opener, downing Alaska Anchorage and Yale inside the Livingston Recreation Center on Saturday with a team score of 193.900. The Seawolves recorded a 191.550 while the Bulldogs notched a 185.750. RU advanced to 2-1 on the season and improved from its team score of 192.800 from its first meet at New Hampshire on Jan. 6.
“I think today was a great step forward,” said second-year head coach Louis Levine. “We still have some things to work on. We still left some points out on the floor. Overall, we’re happy and we’re heading in the right direction. It was great to have bars hit again. This obviously isn’t our peak. It’s just the beginning.”
The Scarlet Knights’ team score marked the best since the squad tallied a 194.350 at home against Cornell, Southern Connecticut, West Chester and Yale on March 5, 2011. RU was again strong on the bars, earning its fourth-best score in program history with a 48.850.
In its second meet of the 2013 campaign, the Scarlet Knights totaled a 48.000 or better in every event, recording a 48.200 on the vault, a 48.850 on the bars, a 48.050 on the balance beam and a 48.000 on the floor exercise. The last time Rutgers did that was at the EAGL Championships last season.
On the bars, the Scarlet Knights held the top three placewinners in the tri-meet. Senior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.) and junior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) tied for first place with scores of 9.850, while freshman Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) finished third with a 9.825.
Rutgers was also strong on the floor as its rotation yielded the top four finishers in that event. D’Elia and classmate Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) finished in first place, each posting a score of 9.825. Freshman Danielle Verdon (Freehold, N.J.) and junior Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) rounded out the top four with marks of 9.775 and 9.725, respectively.
Williams led the charge for Rutgers on vault, posting a 9.800 to finish in second place. She also earned second place finish with her balance beam routine score of 9.775. Williams and D’Elia were the only two Scarlet Knights to post a 9.800 or higher in two events.
Rutgers continues action at home, taking on Bridgeport, Ursinus and Penn inside the Livingston Recreation Center on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m.
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