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Gymnastics Posts Season-High Score of 195.825
Scarlet Knights post second-highest score in school history
  • Posted on March 01, 2014 6:38:02 PM
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  • Alyssa Straub led the meet with a 9.875 on the balance beam.


    ITHACA, N.Y. (March 1, 2014) – Rutgers gymnastics posted its highest mark of the season and highest ever in school history in a road meet, scoring a 195.825 to defeat Cornell at the Teagle Hall Gymnasium Saturday. The score ranks second in program history, behind the 195.975 set March 8, 2013 at home.

    The Scarlet Knights recorded a season-high score (49.100) on the balance beam for the second-straight meet, also the second-best mark in school history.

    “We put together four events today,” head coach Louis Levine said. “We were able to hit routine after routine and the team score reflects that.”

    Senior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.), the reigning EAGL Gymnast of the Week, remained consistent, posting an all-around score of 39.350 to finish first in the meet. She scored at least a 9.825 on all her events, including three first-place finishes.

    Starting the meet on bars, the Scarlet Knights notched a team score of 48.825. Junior Emma Hoffman (Union, N.J.) and Gunzelman topped the competition with a score of 9.825 each. Following for RU was junior Tasia Halbig (Schwenksville, Pa.) with a score of 9.750, while classmate Sara Skammer (Dallas, Pa.) (9.725), freshman Charly Santagado (Celebration, Fla.) (9.700) and junior Luisa Leal (Cali, Colombia) (9.700) all went for at least a 9.700.

    Rutgers picked up the energy next on vault, registering the top four scores in the event. Senior Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) posted a career-high 9.875 to lead the meet. Finishing tied for second, Halbig and Gunzelman each recorded a score of 9.825. Skammer notched a 9.800 to finish fourth. The team had a total score of 49.075.

    In the third rotation, the Scarlet Knights registered a 48.825 on floor. Sophomore Katie Stebick (Waterford, Pa.) and Gunzelman finished tied for first with a score of 9.825 each. The score marked a season-high for Stebick. Sophomore Aziza Day (Snellville, Ga.) tied for fourth with a 9.775 in her first career action in the lineup.

    Rutgers finished the meet strong with a season-high (49.100) performance on beam, putting up three 9.875 routines. Sophomore Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.), freshman Claire Jones (Gaffney, S.C.), and Gunzelman each recorded a 9.875 to tie for first in the meet. Sophomore Claudia Salinas (Allendale, N.J.) notched a season-high 9.800 in the event.

    “We knew we had some talented individuals on beam,” Levine said. “It was just a matter of stepping up and hitting the routines, which happened today.”

    The Scarlet Knights move to 13-2 in head-to-head contests on the season.

    RU returns home for Senior Day March 8 inside the Livingston Recreation Center at 1 p.m. The meet will include Central Michigan, Towson, Southern Connecticut State and Yale.

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding women’s gymnastics, follow the program on Twitter @RUGymnastics.

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