BALTIMORE (Feb. 25, 2014) – After posting a career-high all-around score, senior captain Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) earned East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnast of the Week for the second time in three weeks in an announcement from the conference. She recorded a first-place 39.400 mark in a home quad meet that featured nine all-arounders, just 0.100 shy of tying the school record.
“Alexis is consistent in the gym in practice every day and that consistency shows up in the meets,” head coach Louis Levine said. “I am happy and proud for her. She has put in a lot of hard work during her career to reach this level. Alexis has also done a great job as a leader both on and off the floor as a team captain. Hopefully she can keep it up down the stretch.”
After scoring a 9.800 on vault and a 9.825 on uneven bars, Gunzelman raised her level even more to earn a pair of first-place finishes to end meet. She tied her career high with a 9.875 on balance beam to help the Scarlet Knights score a season-best 49.000 as a team, before setting a new personal best with a 9.900 floor exercise routine. RU also had a season-best team score of 49.150 in the final rotation.
Gunzelman currently ranks No. 23 nationally (No. 2 in EAGL) with an individual all-around regional qualifying score (RQS) of 39.125, while leading the EAGL with a 9.825 RQS on uneven bars. She had qualified as an individual to NCAA Regionals the past two seasons, looking to help the team make the mark this season. Rutgers sits at No. 30 in the latest RQS, needing to end the season inside the top 36.
The EAGL also selected Gunzelman as Gymnast of the Week Feb. 12 after she scored a then-career-best 39.350 all-around in a meet at George Washington. The senior has competed all-around in all eight meets this season.
Rutgers will be back in action Saturday, March 1 with a meet at Cornell. The competition is set to begin at 2 p.m.