PISCATAWAY, NJ - Junior Beth Fittery (Denver, PA) was tabbed the EAGL Scholar Athlete of the Year, while freshman Latara Northcutt (Snellville, GA), junior Lorena Johnson (Lilburn, GA) and senior Gina Roselle (Tinton Falls, NJ) each received All-EAGL honors, the league office announced.
Fittery capped the regular season by being named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Northcutt and Johnson were each selected to the All-EAGL Vault second team, while Roselle was picked for the second team All-Balance Beam. Rutgers also led the league with 16 gymnasts being named to the EAGL All-Academic Team.
For Fittery, a three-time EAGL All-Academic Team member and two-time NACGCW Academic All-American, it is her first-ever EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. A psychology major, Fittery is the team’s leader in the all-around, averaging a combined score of 38.029. Last season Fittery earned All-America status in the all-around and uneven bars at the 2005 USAG Collegiate Nationals, when the Scarlet Knights were also crowned champions. In addition, she was named the team’s Most Valuable Player on two occasions.
One of the Scarlet Knights’ bright young stars, Northcutt led the team in the vault and uneven bars with an average score of 9.608 and 9.640, respectively. A highlight of her season came in RU’s second-place finish at Cornell’s tri-meet on March 4. For the second consecutive week she finished first in both the vault and bars, as she posted a 9.850 on vault and 9.825 on bars to claim both titles. Northcutt also earned her second EAGL Rookie of the Week honor with the standout performance.
Johnson has been one of RU’s top all-around competitors for the past three seasons. This season she averaged a 9.569 on vault, 9.484 on bars, 9.528 on beam and 9.466 on the floor exercise. It is Johnson’s first All-EAGL honor of her career.
Roselle led the Scarlet Knights on the balance beam this season with an average score of 9.492. One of the team’s co-captains, she scored higher than a 9.725 on four occasions, including a 9.750 at Towson on March 11. Roselle’s All-EAGL Balance Beam selection is the first of her career.
Rutgers will next be in action on Saturday, March 25, when it hosts the 11th annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship. The meet, which is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm, will be held at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.