DENVER (Feb. 23, 2013) – Competing in a competitive quad meet over 1,700 miles away, Rutgers gymnastics held its own with a score of 193.925 Saturday inside Hamilton Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Denver. Host No. 13 Denver won the meet (195.800), followed by No. 16 Boise State (194.525), RU and Utah State (192.150).
“I thought we had a good meet today, judging was tight,” head coach Louis Levine said. “When judging is tight you have to really concentrate on the little things. We got away from some of those tonight, but we can work on it and get better. Overall, I thought it was good performance and we did not have to count a fall again this week. It was definitely a positive night and everything is trending in the right direction.”
Starting on the uneven bars, freshman Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) led the Scarlet Knights with a mark of 9.775. The event has been the strongest for the rookie, who entered the night with a season average of 9.811. The team posted a 48.375 score on bars.
The Scarlet Knights scored right around their season average on the balance beam, bringing in a 48.050 in the second rotation. Freshman Claudia Salinas (Allendale, N.J.) totaled a 9.800 to pace the lineup for a third-place finish, while senior Emma-Rose Trentacosti (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) continued her consistency in the event for a 9.700. The specialist has produced at least that score in the last five outings.
Moving on to the floor exercise, four of the performers collected at least a 9.700 to total a team score of 48.700. Senior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.) and junior Luisa Leal (Cali, Columbia) both notched a 9.800 to tie for fourth out of 24 competitors in the event.
The vault proved to be the best event for on the night (48.800), as all six Scarlet Knights stuck their landing. Leal had a 9.800, with junior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.), freshman Danielle Verdon (Freehold, N.J.), freshman Nicolette Wilson (Toms River, N.J.) and Williams all scoring a 9.750.
Leal (38.775) and Gunzelman (38.725) both competed as all-arounders for the second-straight meet.
Rutgers is now 8-11 on the season with scoring average of 193.816.
After competing away the last three weeks, RU will next return home to the Livingston Recreation Center for a quad meet against Cornell, Brockport and William & Mary Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. The meet will be broadcast live on RVision, presented AT&T, and the program will recognize its four seniors in a ceremony.