COLLEGE PARK, Md. (February 17, 2013) – Competing in a competitive tri-meet, Rutgers gymnastics notched its highest road score in program history (195.050) Sunday inside the Comcast Center on the campus of the University of Maryland. It was also the highest team score under head coach Louis Levine and third-best overall in school history.
“I am really excited about the way we finished today’s meet – we put together four strong events.” Levine said. “It was a good start on bars and we move kept it going all the way to the end. I am really proud of the girls and the way they competed. Now we have to get back in the gym and work to increase our score even more. We are striving to become a great team.”
Bumping up the season-high 0.050 points, the Scarlet Knights were effective in all four events in the meet. The team is now averaging 193.800 this season. The previous road school record was at North Carolina in 2004 (194.025).
Juniors Luisa Leal (Cali, Columbia) (38.800) and Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) (38.775) each made their debut in the all-around in the meet. It was the most all-arounders Levine used in a meet this season.
Starting off on the uneven bars, RU posted a 48.550 to gain momentum. A 48.625 followed on the balance beam, with freshman Claudia Salinas (Allendale, N.J.) scoring a 9.850 to lead the way. Senior Emma-Rose Trentacosti (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) continued her consistency in the event after bringing in a 9.800.
The floor exercise proved to be the best event of the night for RU once again, clearing 49.000 for the second time this season (49.025). Leal tied her career-high with a 9.900 in her season debut in the event to place second in the meet. Freshman Katie Stebick (Waterford, Pa.) also put up an impressive 9.850 to contribute to the team success.
Finishing strong on vault (48.850), Leal led RU with a 9.875. That totaled up to a history-making 195.050 team score for the Scarlet Knights.
No. 18 Maryland won the meet with a score of 196.175, followed by West Virginia (195.775) and RU.
Rutgers will head west to Colorado next weekend, taking on Denver and Utah State in tri-meet Saturday at 8 p.m.
Top Scores in School History
195.400 – Feb. 26, 2000 vs. Ursinus
195.125 – March 1, 2000 vs. Eastern Michigan
195.050 – Feb. 17, 2013 at Maryland with West Virginia
195.000 – Feb. 2, 2013 vs. Brown/Pitt/S. Connecticut