CHAPEL HILL, NC - Senior Lisa Abrams (Mt. Ephraim, NJ) finished with a team-best 9.850 on balance beam to help Rutgers earn a second-place finish in a quad meet between North Carolina, Rutgers, Towson and William and Mary.
The Scarlet Knights (10-4) scored 194.025 points, second only to North Carolina with 197.150. William and Mary finished in third place with 193.325 points while Towson finished in fourth place with 193.000 points. Rutgers’ best event was the floor exercise, where it scored 49.100 points. RU scored at least a 48.225 in all four events.
On the floor, North Carolina had the top six finishes, but Rutgers’ Nicole Bradder (Dover, NH) tied for ninth place with a 9.875. Caitlin Wight (Washington, PA) also had an impressive showing, scoring a 9.850 and finishing in 13th place. Stephanie Zick (Pittsburgh, PA) registered a 9.800.
Abrams led Rutgers’ efforts on the balance beam, with Bradder (9.825) finishing in a four-way tie for eighth place. Wight scored a 9.800 for a 13th place finish, and Jackie Campbell (Weatherly Heights, NY) was 16th with a 9.725.
Zick and Sveta Shterenberg (Sharon, MA) finished third and fourth, respectively, on bars. Zick scored a 9.825 while Shterenberg registered a 9.800. Tracy Heckler (Laurel Springs, NJ) and Marinelle Antonio (Mt. Laurel, NJ) were part of a four-way tie for seventh place with identical 9.675 scores.
The Tar Heels had the top four finishers on vault, and the Scarlet Knights’ best performance came from Lorena Johnson (Lilburn, GA), who finished in 13th place with a 9.700. Bradder had a 9.650 to finish in 16th place.
“Individually, we had a very good day,” said head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton. “We had to put some people in different positions because of injuries, but everyone stepped up and performed. I’m happy with out effort and where we are at this point in the season.”
Rutgers will return home next Saturday, Feb. 28, for the first time in nearly a month when it hosts Maryland, Temple and Bridgeport at the Livingston Recreation Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.