PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2013) – Returning home to the Livingston Recreation Center for the first time since Feb. 2, Rutgers gymnastics will host a quad meet involving Brockport, Cornell and William & Mary Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. The program will celebrate Senior Day in a ceremony following the fourth rotation.
The competition will be broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T, through ScarletKnights.com. Danny Breslauer will handle the play-by-play, with former RU head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton providing analysis.
“It is the last home meet of the year and we have had some really great crowds this season,” head coach Louis Levine said. “It adds more energy to the meet and the team seems to thrive off it pretty well. In order to qualify for NCAA Regionals, we have to stay consistent and correct the little things. If we can do that, I think we have a pretty good shot. We look forward to competing at home this weekend.”
The Scarlet Knights will honor their five seniors – Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.), Jayne Jeffreys (Jackson, N.J.), Nicole Romano (Livingston, N.J.), Emma-Rose Trentacosti (Ridgefield Park, N.J.), Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) – and one manager, Caity Britcher.
“Senior Day is always emotional,” Levine said. “We have had girls that have been with the program the last four years. It is good that they are graduating and moving on, but at the same time is sad to see them go. We look forward to the meet and hopefully a good completion to send them off with good memories.”
Last time out, the Scarlet Knights scored a 193.925 in a competitive quad meet at Denver. RU scored best on its final event of the night, the vault (48.800). Junior Luisa Leal (Cali, Columbia) led the team with a 9.800, with junior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) and freshmen Danielle Verdon (Freehold, N.J.), Nicolette Wilson (Toms River, N.J.) and Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) all notching a 9.750. Leal (38.775) and Gunzelman (38.725) have both competed as all-arounders the last two weeks.
For the season, Rutgers is 8-11 and has a season average of 193.941 at home. The Scarlet Knights have a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 193.950 which ranks 43rd in the nation. The top 36 qualify for the NCAA Regionals. The program last appeared in the postseason in 2007.
Brockport comes into the weekend with the highest team average (187.275) among all Division III competitors. Last week the Golden Eagles recorded a season-high score of 188.200 as the host of the Brockport Invitational. The team took home the top three finishes on vault in the competition, averaging 47.750. John Feeney is in his 14th season as head coach.
Cornell comes in with an RQS of 191.195 and competes in the ECAC. The Big Red will look to build off a season-best 193.025 most recently at the Ivy Classic, having increased its score the last three weeks. Lexi Schupp had the highest meet score on the uneven bars (9.825) to lead five top-five individual finishers. Paul Beckwith is in his 18th season as head coach.
William & Mary, member of the Colonial Athletic Association, last competed at the Sweetheart Invitational where they scored a 193.650, the eight-best score in school history. In the meet, the Tribe set season highs on bars (48.650) and floor (48.700), while nearly matching a season-best on vault (48.400). Head coach Mary Lewis is in her 19th year with at W&M.
Due to a race in the area, those attending the gymnastics meet Saturday are asked to use Lot 103 and can gain access from Suttons Lane. Be advised that the attendees of the race will be using Lot 105 and the Yellow Lot.