PISCATAWAY, NJ - Senior Lisa Abrams (Mt. Ephraim, NJ) made her final home meet one to remember, as she tied her own school record on the balance beam (9.925) as Rutgers scored 194.675 points to finish second against North Carolina, Ursinus and Cortland.
UNC, currently ranked 10th the nation and sporting a 20-1 record, scored 196.275 points to finish in first place. RU’s 194.675 points is its second-highest total of the season, after a 195.100 showing on Feb. 28 against Maryland, Temple and Bridgeport. Cortland finished with 188.950 points while Ursinus had 188.500 points.
Abrams previously set the school record when she recorded a 9.925 against Temple this season on Jan. 21.
Rutgers’ best event was the uneven bars, where it scored 49.125 points. Stephanie Zick (Pittsburgh, PA) finished first overall with a 9.900, while Sveta Shterenberg (Sharon, MA) scored a 9.875 to finish third. Freshman Lorena Johnson (Lilburn, GA) scored a 9.800 and finished in sixth place with a 9.800. Nicole Bradder (Dover, NH) and Tracy Heckler (Laurel Springs, NJ) tied for seventh overall with a 9.775.
On the floor exercise, Caitlin Wight (Washington, PA) scored a 9.900 in her final home meet for finish first overall. Bradder (third, 9.850) and Johnson (fifth, 9.825) also had strong showings. Shterenberg (eighth, 9.775) and Elizabeth Fittery (Denver, PA) (19th, 9.350) rounded out RU’s competitors.
North Carolina swept the top five place-winners on vault, but Rutgers was led by Johnson, who scored a 9.650. Jayme Shelton (Griffin, GA) and Jackie Campbell (Wheatley Heights, NY) finished in ninth and 10th place, respectively, with scores of 9.575 and 9.550.
Aside from Abrams’ 9.925 on balance beam, Gina Roselle (Tinton Falls, NJ) scored a 9.875 to finish fifth place. Fittery scored a 9.825, which was good for eighth place.
In the all-around, UNC’s Anna Wilson finished first overall with a score of 39.450. For Rutgers, Johnson was fourth (38.925).
The Scarlet Knights will now begin preparations for the 2004 EAGL Championships, which takes place next Saturday, March 20, at the University of Pittsburgh.