PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 14, 2013) – Continuing a three-week road stretch, Rutgers gymnastics travels to College Park, Md., to take on No. 18 Maryland and West Virginia at the Comcast Center Sunday. The meet is set to start at 5 p.m.
“We will be facing another set of highly-ranked teams this weekend,” head coach Louis Levine said. “We hit our first three events last week, but struggled on beam. We have to learn how to finish strong and if we do that, we can compete with some of the best teams in the country.”
The Scarlet Knights (7-6, 1-2 EAGL) posted a 193.700 – the highest road score of the season – last weekend in a loss at Kent State. RU was 0.500 down after three rotations, but could not pull ahead in the final event. Floor exercise was the highlight of the night, with all five scorers reaching at least 9.725. Rutgers scored a 191.700 in a meet at Maryland last season.
Conference foe Maryland (7-1-1, 5-1-1 EAGL) is currently No. 18 in the country with a 195.240 team average after five meets. The Terps are coming off a strong performance at home against EAGL rivals North Carolina State, New Hampshire and Towson. The home team came in first with a 195.100, followed by NC State (194.600), New Hampshire (193.300), and Towson (192.250). Brett Nelligan is in his 10th season as head coach.
West Virginia (5-4, 1-1 Big 12) holds a 194.83 season average through five meets. The Mountaineers last time out resulted in a 196.15-194.825 victory over Iowa State. The team opened the event scoring a season-best on vault (49.200) and on floor (48.900), in addition to a 49.200 on bars and a 48.850 on beam. Jason Butts is in his second season as head coach.