KENT, Ohio (February 8, 2013) – Competing in a “Beauty and the Beast” meet at Kent State, Rutgers gymnastics fell to the No. 24 Flashes 195.675-193.700 Friday inside the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. It was the highest team score on road for the Scarlet Knights this season.
RU moved to 7-6 on the year, while Kent State improved to 6-2. The Flashes led by only .500 after three rotations, but pulled away in the final event for the victory.
“We were right there until the end but just couldn’t hold it together on the last event,” head coach Louis Levine said. “It was a strong start on bars, vault and floor – hitting routing after routine – but we had a flat tire at the end. I’m glad it’s the best road team score we’ve had this year, but it is still not what we are looking for. We know we are capable of doing better and are motivated to get back in the gym this week to improve.”
Starting the night on the uneven bars, Rutgers posted a 48.675 team score led by a 9.825 from junior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.). She has posted at least a 9.800 in four of six meets this season in the event.
Moving next to the vault, freshman Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) and sophomore Luisa Leal (Cali, Columbia) each scored a 9.825 as the last two competitors. The team totaled a 48.700.
The floor exercise proved to be the most successful event of the meet for the Scarlet Knights (48.725). All five scorers went at least 9.725, with senior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.) and freshman Danielle Verdon (Freehold, N.J.) both checking in at 9.775. The mark tied a career high for Verdon.
Rutgers finished up with a 47.600 on the balance beam, as senior Emma-Rose Trentacosti (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) scored a team-high 9.800.
Kent State was led by an all-around score of 39.200 from Marie Case. The meet took place at the same time as a wrestling dual at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
RU will continue on the road next weekend, traveling to College Park, Md., to take on Maryland and West Virginia. The meet will take place Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.