STATE COLLEGE, PA - Freshman Lorena Johnson (Lilburn, GA) scored 37.850 points to finish in 15th place in the all-around, leading Rutgers’ efforts at the 2004 Northeast Regional, hosted by Penn State University on Saturday evening.
Johnson’s best event was the balance beam, where she scored a 9.750 to tie for 25th place overall. On the vault, Johnson had a 9.625 for 39th place, while she also had a 9.200 (32nd place) on the uneven parallel bars and 9.275 on the floor (39th place).
Junior Stephanie Zick (Pittsburgh, PA), an All-EAGL selection on bars, finished in a three-way tie for 27th place in the event, scoring an 9.525.
On the balance beam, senior Lisa Abrams (Mt. Ephraim, NJ) scored an 8.950 to finish in 42nd place. Abrams closes out her Rutgers career as the school’s record-holder on the beam, as she twice notched an 9.925 this year, most recently on March 13 against North Carolina, Ursinus and Cortland.
The University of Georgia claimed the overall regional team title, scoring 197.525 points. The Bulldogs had two first-place finishers and three second-place finishes. Michigan finished in a close second, notching 196.375 points. The Wolverines’ Elise Ray won the all-around title with 39.700 points.
Rutgers concludes its 2004 with an overall record of 17-6 and finished eighth at the EAGL Championships. The season was also highlighted by the 200th career win for head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton, who reached the milestone on January 24 against James Madison.