DENTON, Texas (Feb. 1, 2014) – Competing in the state of Texas for the first time in program history, No. 25 Rutgers gymnastics scored a 193.425 to finish second to Texas Woman’s University (193.950) Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena. Senior captain Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) went over 39.000 once again with a 39.050 all-around score as the only gymnast to compete in all four events.
“We had to deal with a lot of adversity tonight with a couple injuries during the meet,” head coach Louis Levine said. “We shuffled the lineups, but I thought those who stepped in did a nice job. I look forward to getting back in the gym next week to continue to get better.”
Starting the meet on uneven bars, freshman Charly Santagado (Celebration, Fla.) led the Scarlet Knights with a 9.775, while Gunzelman and junior Sara Skammer (Dallas, Pa.) each recorded a 9.725. In addition, junior Emma Hoffman (Union, N.J.), the reigning East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Specialist of the Week, notched a 9.700 as RU totaled a 47.775 in the first rotation.
Moving to the vault, Rutgers put up a 48.725 to highlight the night. Both Gunzelman and sophomore Nicolette Wilson (Toms River, N.J.) picked up a 9.775 to pace the Scarlet Knights. Skammer followed closely behind at 9.750, while junior Tasia Halbig (Schwenksville, Pa.) (9.725) and freshman Claire Jones (Gaffney, S.C.) (9.700) both went for at least 9.700.
In the third rotation on the floor exercise, Gunzelman led the way with a 9.800 to help total a 48.700 team total in the event. Sophomore Katie Stebick (Waterford, Pa.) and Santagado each put up a 9.750, while sophomore Danielle Verdon (Freehold, N.J.) and Skammer recorded a 9.700.
Senior Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) highlighted RU’s performance on the balance beam with a 9.800 in her season debut. Also putting up over a 9.700 were sophomore Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) (9.775) and Gunzelman (9.750). The Scarlet Knights totaled a 48.225 overall on beam.
Rutgers will continue its three-meet road swing Sunday, Feb. 9 at EAGL opponent George Washington in Washington, D.C. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. RU is 6-1 on the season and 2-0 against conference competition.