PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University gymnastics team held its annual postseason awards banquet at the Hale Center on the Rutgers campus on Saturday, April 30.
The Scarlet Knights enjoyed a very successful postseason, as the team qualified for the 2005 NCAA Regionals and won the 2005 USAG Collegiate National Championships. In addition, head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton was named USAG Coach of the Year.
Sophomore Beth Fittery (Denver, PA) put a cap on her standout season by being named the team’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year. As one of the Scarlet Knights top competitors this season, she led the team with an average combined score of 38.004 in the all-around. Fittery earned All-America status in the all-around and the uneven bars at the 2005 USAG Collegiate National Championships on April 16, and was also named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 11.
The Noble Award went to senior Nicci Bradder (Dover, NH), who competed at every meet for the Scarlet Knights and was one of the team’s top performers in the all-around, averaging a 37.897. Bradder also led the squad on the uneven bars for much of the season with an average score of 9.539.
The recipient of this year’s Most Improved Player award was junior Lauren Sisler (Newport, VA). Sisler competed in nine meets this season, averaging a 9.229 on the bars and 9.038 on the balance beam.
The Scarlet Knights also handed out the 100 percent awards, which are given for perfect routines throughout the season. Fittery, sophomores Lorena Johnson (Lilburn, GA) and Jacki Campbell (Wheatley Heights, NY), as well as freshman Stephanie Pannick (Archbald, PA) received recognition for their performances on the vault.
Rutgers finished its 2005 campaign with an overall record of 16-9 and a seventh place finish at the 2005 EAGL Championships.