PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 6, 2013) – Coming off the best team performance since 2000 last weekend, Rutgers gymnastics looks to continue to climb in an away meet at No. 24 Kent State Friday at 7 p.m. inside the MAC Center. It will be the first of three straight road meets for the Scarlet Knights.
“We hope to build off of last week’s 195 score,” head coach Louis Levine said. “We felt like we left some points out there and can do better, particularly on bars. This is a big stretch for us the next three weeks against teams in the Top 25. The meet at Kent State will be a good barometer of where we are.”
In winning a home quad meet last time out, the Scarlet Knights (7-5, 1-2 EAGL) posted their third highest score in program history (195.000) and best under Levine. The team set a program record on vault (48.875), while recording the third best marks on the balance beam (48.850) and the floor exercise (49.175). RU is now No. 25 in the nation with an average of 48.755 for the season on floor.
“Last week’s meet was exciting,” Levine said. “It was a big crowd and we went in and showed what this program is capable of. We put together four strong events and carried the momentum from start to finish.”
There were numerous individual career-highs in the meet, with junior Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) tying the school record with a 9.875 on the vault. On the floor exercise, senior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.) earned the first 9.900 for any Scarlet Knight on any event this season. Freshman Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) continued her impressive rookie season with a pair of 9.825 scores on the uneven bars and the balance beam to go with a 9.725 on the vault to win EAGL Rookie of the Week for the second time this year. She leads the conference with a 9.835 bars average.
Kent State (5-2, 2-0 MAC) is currently No. 24 in the country with a 194.875 team average through five meets. Most recently, the Flashes knocked off Bowling Green (195.800-193.825) in a conference road meet. Marie Case had a career-high 39.450 to win the all-around, highlighted by a 9.925 on both the balance beam and the floor exercise to win MAC Gymnast of the Week. Brice Biggin is in his 22nd year as head coach.
The meet is part of the “Beauty and the Beast” event at MAC Center in which both gymnastics and wrestling will take place at the same time in the arena.