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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 18, 2014) – Representing Rutgers gymnastics as the first all-arounder in school history to reach NCAA Nationals, senior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) scored a 38.175 Friday evening inside the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. It was the 51st meet for the gymnast and 38th all-around to cap her memorable career.
Gunzelman joined Courtney Turner as the only Scarlet Knights to compete at the national level. Turner qualified on floor exercise in 2002.
“Looking at it as a whole, I thought Alexis did a great job tonight,” head coach Louis Levine said. “It is tough to compete without the whole team there on this stage, but she represented Rutgers proudly. I thought her bar routine was the best she did all year and the vault was strong.”
“It was really exciting to compete at the highest level,” Gunzelman said. “I wish it would have gone a little better, but I enjoyed every moment of it. I did my best to represent my school and I hope my team is proud of me.”
Following the rotation with Florida, Gunzelman started the night off with a 9.700 on vault. She then stuck the dismount on uneven bars to pick up a 9.800. It was the eighth consecutive meet Gunzelman notched at least a 9.800 on bars.
Gunzelman finished strong on balance beam after an unfortunate fall on the series to register a 9.175 before taking a bye prior to the final rotation. On the floor exercise, she went for the double layout and picked up a 9.500 to close the meet.
Gunzelman finishes her career as one of the most accomplishment gymnasts in Rutgers history. A three-time East Atlantic Gymnastics League Team MVP, she earned First Team All-EAGL in all four events and the all-around as a senior in addition to making the All-Scholastic Team. The team captain’s career-best score of 39.400 ranks second in the record books, as she scored over a 39.000 eight times during her senior season all-around.
“Competing at Nationals is definitely a highlight,” Gunzelman said. “In addition, I am very proud of the growth I’ve made in the sport and within myself throughout my career.”
“As a senior, she helped bring her team farther than it has ever gone and reached the NCAA Championships to compete with the best of the best,” Levine said. “We are very proud of her as a program for what she has accomplished. Going from walk-on to NCAA Championships is quite a story.”