PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 24, 2014) – Senior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) put up a season-high 39.175 all-around to help No. 18 Rutgers gymnastics defeat Brown, 193.025-190.625, Friday at the Livingston Recreation Gym. With the victory, the Scarlet Knights improve to 6-0 on the season for the second time in school history (1978).
“We had three pretty good events and one not very good event tonight,” head coach Louis Levine said. “You can’t struggle as bad as we did on beam and expect to come up with a great score. It comes down to that one event. We hit beam and we are still at a 195.
“They’ll learn from this. It is a good learning tool. Everything has gone right for the first three meets of the year. Now let’s see how we can handle the fact that things today things didn’t go right. But we still got a win, that’s really what matters. We will now have to push on and learn from this.”
Gunzelman finished at least tied for second in all four events to highlight the meet for RU. Redshirt junior Luisa Leal (Cali, Colombia) also competed all-around for the fourth time this season and totaled a 38.625.
Starting the meet on the vault, Leal put up a 9.825 to lead all competitors in the event. Gunzelman followed closely behind with a season-high 9.800, with junior Sara Skammer (Dallas, Pa.) picking up a 9.750.
Three Scarlet Knights put up at least a 9.800 on the uneven bars to help total a 48.875 team score. Junior Emma Hoffman (Union, N.J.) finished first with a career-high 9.850, with junior Tasia Halbig (Schwenksville, Pa.) also setting a new career-high at 9.800. Gunzelman also recorded a 9.800 to tie Halbig for second.
Gunzelman registered a 9.725 on her balance beam routine to pace the Scarlet Knights. The senior has recorded at least that mark in all four meets this season.
Finishing the night on floor, Leal scored a 9.925 to lead all in the event, with Gunzelman putting up a 9.850. Sophomore Katie Stebick (Waterford, Pa.) notched a 9.800 to help the Scarlet Knights to a 48.925 on floor.
The Scarlet Knights will spend the next three weekends on the road, starting with a meet Feb. 1 in Denton Texas, against Texas Women’s University. It is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.