PISCATAWAY, NJ – Coming off a first-place showing and upset of No. 25 Maryland, the Rutgers gymnastics team scored 194.075 points and finished in second place at the Cornell Quad Meet, held on Saturday, March 6 in Ithaca, NY.
Western Michigan finished first overall with 194.425 points, followed by the Scarlet Knights, Cornell (192.450) and Ithaca (190.450).
Once again, the floor exercise was RU’s top event, as three Scarlet Knights finished with scores above 9.800. Elizabeth Fittery (Denver, PA) led the way with a 9.850, followed by Casey Santangelo (Cherry Hill, NJ) and Stephanie Zick (Pittsburgh, PA) with identical 9.825 scores. Nicole Bradder (Dover, NH) and Caitlin Wight (Washington, PA) each scored a 9.750 while Sveta Shterenberg (Sharon, MA) finished with a 9.175. As a team, RU scored 49.000 points on the floor, which was the second-highest total among the four teams.
On the balance beam, Lisa Abrams (Mt. Ephraim, NJ) nearly matched her own school record when she finished with a 9.900. Against Temple on Jan. 21, Abrams scored a 9.925 to established a new school record. Bradder also had an impressive performance, scoring a 9.825 while freshman Jackie Campbell (Weatherly Heights, NY) scored a 9.800. Marinelle Antonio (Mat. Laurel, NJ) added a 9.775.
Zick highlighted Rutgers’ efforts on the uneven bars, scoring a 9.850 while Shterenberg notched a 9.800. Tracy Heckler (Laurel Springs, NJ) and Fittery scored a 9.725 and 9.675, respectively, while Antonio had a 9.300 and Bradder scored a 9.050.
Bradder had a team-best 9.675 on the vault and Fittery was close behind with a 9.650. Campbell (9.525), Lorena Johnson (9.550), Jamye Shelton (9.500) and Santangelo (9.250) rounded out Rutgers’ placewinners.
In the all-around, Fittery finished first overall with 38.700 points and Bradder was second (38.300). Fittery’s best event was the floor exercise (9.850) while Bradder’s was the balance beam (9.825).
The Scarlet Knights return home to the Livingston Recreation Center this Saturday for the final home meet of the 2004 season as it hosts North Carolina and Ursinus at 1:00 p.m. Rutgers will honor its three seniors prior to the match – Abrams, Wight and Laura Iepson (Sweetwater, NJ)