PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 15, 2014) – Concluding its three-meet road swing, Rutgers travels to Philadelphia to face Penn on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. The meet will also feature West Chester.
RUTGERS MEET PREVIEW
The Scarlet Knights are 8-1 for the second time in program history, matching the start of the 1978 squad. The team posted a score of 194.500 to earn its most recent wins in a tri-meet at George Washington. RU currently stands at second in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League.
The Scarlet Knights recorded the best vault score in program history in the meet, notching a 49.200 on the event.
Senior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) led the team with a career-best 39.350 in the all-around, earning her the honor of EAGL Gymnast of the Week. Gunzelman remained consistent, scoring over 39.000 for the fourth meet in a row.
Penn is coming off a second-place finish in a home quad meet. The Quakers recorded its highest score of the season, with a 190.550. Head coach John Ceralde is in his eighth year at the helm of the program
West Chester enters the meet after recording a program-best 190.575 on the road at Ursinus. The squad took first in the meet. The Golden Rams are led by sixth-year head coach Barbara Cordova.
HEAD COACH LOUIS LEVINE Q&A
On capturing the win at George Washington: “It was a step that we had to take. There were a lot of people who had to step up in order for us to put up the score that we did. It showed a lot of them that no matter who is competing, we have the ability to put up scores. That is what we have really been trying to get them to believe in and I think last week went a long way towards that.”
On the team’s perseverance: “This week we didn’t start as strong as we could have, but we sure finished really strong. They learned some stuff from that too, just from being able to overcome some adversity during a meet.”
On the team’s confidence: “I would say we are pretty confident moving forward. Hopefully we’re getting healthier as we move forward. Those two things play a huge part, a huge role in accomplishing our goals this year, as we get passed the midway point of the season.”
On the record-breaking performance on vault: “Vault has been our most consistent event this year, for the most part from meet to meet. The nice part was we set a vault record. People had to step up in order to do that because we didn’t have all of our vaulters. Again, it builds confidence and just it helps to keep moving forward. (The team) can now realize that anybody can get in there and put up the scores we need. “
INTERVIEW WITH SENIOR ALEXIS GUNZELMAN