WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 14, 2014) – Competing for the final time in the regular season, Rutgers gymnastics recorded a 193.375 Friday inside Kaplan Arena to finish in fourth place. The Scarlet Knights scored best on the vault with a 48.750 in the fourth rotation.
North Carolina won at the meet at 194.775, followed by Brown (194.225), William & Mary (193.425) and RU. Rutgers is now 17-5 this season.
“Obviously it was a disappointing meet for us tonight,” head coach Louis Levine said. “It is tough to win when you only put up only one good event. We look forward to getting back in the gym this week to prepare for the EAGL Championships.”
As previously stated, the vault was the highlight of the night for the Scarlet Knights. Sophomore Nicolette Wilson (Toms River, N.J.), freshman Claire Jones (Gaffney, S.C.) and junior Sara Skammer (Dallas, Pa.) all put up a 9.800 to finish in a tie for second in the meet. Juniors Tasia Halbig (Schwenksville, Pa.) and Luisa Leal (Cali, Colombia) both put up 9.700 scores to help the team total.
The balance beam was the next-best event for RU at 48.700. Sophomore Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) highlighted the performance for RU, picking up a 9.800 as the fourth competitor in the lineup. Jones followed closely behind at 9.775, while senior Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) and Halbig both had a 9.725.
Starting off the meet on the uneven bars, three Scarlet Knights scored a 9.775 – juniors Emma Hoffman (Union, N.J.), Skammer and Leal. It was a career-best mark for Skammer, as she also notched a 9.750 to lead the Scarlet Knights on the floor exercise. Freshman Charly Santagado (Celebration, Fla.) had a 9.8725 as the leadoff on floor, with sophomore Danielle Verdon (Freehold, N.J.) recording a 9.700.
Rutgers will next return to New Jersey to prepare for the EAGL Championships. The meet will take place Saturday, March 22 at New Hampshire.