PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 9, 2014) – Beginning its 40th season of competition, Rutgers gymnastics will open 2014 by hosting New Hampshire at Livingston Recreation Center Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. It will be the 14th straight season the Scarlet Knights take on the Wildcats – an East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) opponent – to open the campaign.
Giveaway Item: iPad Mini (donated by Kite + Key)
Poster distribution (post-meet autographs)
Lucky Seats of the Meet (two tickets for Rutgers Cinema)
T-Shirt Toss (beginning of the meet and after an RU gymnast scores a 9.7 or higher)
Handstand Contest (winner receives a red iPod shuffle)
Opportunity to sign up for the Junior Knights Club
Season tickets for the 2014 season are now on sale. Priced at just $21 for adults, click here to purchase online. Fans wishing to purchase tickets on the day of a meet will be required to pay with cash, as no credit cards will be accepted. Students with their Rutgers identification card will be admitted free of cost. Full pricing information can be found here.
Coming off a record-breaking season, Rutgers gymnastics looks to continue its ascent in 2014. Recording four of the top six team scores in school history last year, including a 195.975 mark in its last home meet, the Scarlet Knights are primed to take the next step with a wealth of depth in all four events. The program will mix 14 returning letterwinners with four newcomers.
The opening meet against New Hampshire starts a stretch of three meets over nine days to start the season.
“We’re in a good place right now,” head coach Louis Levine said. “The team has worked really hard to get into great shape for season. We just have to put some finishing touches on the routines and we’ll be ready to go.
“Our goal this year is to get better as the season moves on, while performing at a high level right from the start. We believe we can stay in the 194 to 196 range.”
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Led by 35th-year head coach Gail Goodspeed, the Wildcats went 17-7 last season to earn a 194.810 team RQS (regional qualifying score). UNH defeated RU 194.850-192.800 last season in Durham, N.H., to open the season and scored as high as 195.650 during the year. The team is led by senior captains Hannah Barile and Erin Machado.