PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers gymnastics team (13-4, 1-3 EAGL) rolled up 195.100 point and upset No. 25 Maryland in the process, taking first place in a quad meet held on Saturday evening, Feb. 28, at the Livingston Recreation Center.
The 195.100 points is the second-highest total in school history, just behind the 195.400 points against Ursinus on Feb. 26, 2000. The Scarlet Knights also managed to break the school balance beam record, scoring a 49.325. The old record was set this season against Temple when RU scored a 48.950.
The Terrapins finished second with 193.193.925 points while Temple was third (192.425) and Bridgeport ended in fourth place (189.500).
Rutgers’ effort on beam was led by Gina Roselle (Tinton Falls, NJ), Caitlin Wight (Washington, PA) and Lisa Abrams (Mt. Ephraim, NJ). The trio finished in a three-way tie for third place (9.875). Jackie Campbell (Weatherly Heights, NY) and Nicole Bradder (Dover, NH) was tied for sixth place with a score of 9.850.
The Scarlet Knights also excelled in the floor exercise, scoring a 49.225, its highest total of the season. Wight took first place overall with a score of 9.900, while freshman Lorena Johnson (Lilburn, GA) and Bradder tied for third (9.875). Casey Santangelo (Cherry Hill, NJ) scored a season-best 9.800 for a eighth place finish.
Stephanie Zick (Pittsburgh, PA) won the individual title on bars, scoring a 9.900. Tracy Heckler (Lauren Springs, NJ) finished in fourth place (9.850) while Johnson was eighth (9.800). Sveta Shterenberg (Sharon, MA) also garnered a top-10 finish with her ninth-place showing (9.775).
On vault, Bradder paced Rutgers with a third place overall finish (9.575). Maryland had four placewinners, including Rachel Martinez, who scored a 9.850 to take first place. Johnson and Jayme Shelton (Griffin, GA) each had top-10 finishes, which Johnson taking sixth place (9.550) and Shelton earning a ninth-place showing (9.500).
Maryland, which finished in third place at last year’s EAGL Championships and was ranked No. 25 in last week’s Gyminfo.com poll, received a first-place all-around finish from Martinez. RU’s Bradder finished in second place (38.600) and Johnson was third (38.550).
The Scarlet Knights return to action next Saturday, March 6, when they travel to Ithaca, NY, to face Cornell and Western Michigan at 1:00 p.m.