PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 16, 2014) – Concluding its third consecutive meet on the road, Rutgers gymnastics posted a first-place mark of 193.675 on Sunday in a tri-meet at Penn. Penn (190.850) finished second, followed by West Chester (190.650).
RU continues its strong start, moving to 10-1 on the season for the second time in school history. The record matches that of the 1978 squad.
“I thought we finished very strong in the meet today,” head coach Louis Levine said. “There were some bright spots out there to be able to pick up two wins. However, we need to start hitting all six routines more consistently to put up a higher team score, which we are capable of. That means getting off on the right foot to put together a complete meet.”
Starting off the meet on balance beam, Rutgers posted a team score of 47.975. Freshman Claire Jones (Gaffney, S.C.) led the way for the Scarlet Knights by recording a career-best 9.825 to place first in the event. Junior Anastasia Halbig (Schwenksville, Pa.) took second with a season-high 9.800 on her routine.
Moving to floor exercise, freshman Charly Santagado (Celebration, Fla.) paced RU with a score of 9.750 to take second place. Junior Sara Skammer (Dallas, Pa.) finished tied for third with a season-high 9.725. The team registered an overall floor score of 48.050.
In the third rotation, Rutgers came alive recording a vault score of 48.675. Senior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) led Rutgers with a meet-high 9.825, while Skammer came in at second place with a 9.775. Senior Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) (9.725) and sophomore Nicolette Wilson (Toms River, N.J.) (9.700) followed closely behind to help RU record the top four scores in the event.
Closing the meet on bars, the Scarlet Knights swept the top three places. Gunzelman registered a 9.875 to take first, followed by Santagado with a career-high 9.850. Sophomore Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) placed third, posting a 9.825. The team finished with a 48.975 in the event.
Rutgers returns home to host its Alumni and Pink meet on February 22 at 6 p.m. The quad meet will also include Penn State, Temple and Ursinus.