PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 13, 2014) – Following its opening meet, Rutgers gymnastics is ranked No. 16 in the nation as a team, posting a 195.075 last Saturday in a conference win over New Hampshire. That score also ranks first amongst teams in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL).
“The goal we have been talking about all offseason is starting out strong right off the bat, and that’s what that score is,” head coach Louis Levine said. “It is great to be ranked, which is a big step for the program, but also a small step in that it is a long season. It is about where you end the season, not where you are right now. Overall, though, it is a nice thing for our program and gets everyone excited.”
In addition, the Scarlet Knights are also in the top 25 in three events, being 14th on balance beam (48.725), tied for 14th on floor exercise (48.950) and tied for 24th on vault (48.800). Redshirt junior Luisa Leal (Cali, Colombia) is tied for ninth out of 428 gymnasts nationally on floor exercise and tied for 16th all-around.
The 195.075 team score posted by RU was the highest by the program in an opening meet and fifth-best overall. Five of the top seven team marks in school history have been set since Feb. 2, 2013.
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Rutgers will next travel to take on No. 21 Kent State in a quad meet Friday before facing No. 19 Ohio State head-to-head Sunday. The next meet at the Livingston Recreation Center will be Friday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. against Brown.