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Rutgers Sweeps Temple and Bridgeport in Record Night
  • Posted on February 22, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers women’s gymnastics team (12-8, 0-5 EAGL) broke the team’s beam record for the second time this season en route to one of the program’s best-ever scores as the Scarlet Knights topped Temple and the University of Bridgeport. RU swept the meet with a 193.950, followed by the Owls’ 191.200 and Bridgeport’s 185.000. The team score of 193.950 is the third-highest in program history, behind the record of 195.400 (Feb. 26, 2000) and the second-place score of 195.12 (March 1, 2000).

    Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights this evening was senior Kristen Marino (Hillsborough, NJ), who posted record scores on vault and bars. Marino took her first vault title of the season, scoring a 9.825, the second-highest vault score ever posted by a Scarlet Knight. Marino, whose previous high was a 9.800, was only 0.05 from tying the record (9.875), set by Rachael Ciarlante (1996-99) on March 12, 1997.

    Also placing high for the Scarlet vault team was freshman Jamye Shelton (Griffin, GA), who finished second with a 9.625, tied with Stephanie Pink from Bridgeport. RU’s Kamla Modi (Bayside, NY) tied her teammate Erin Lynch (Mullica Hill, NJ) in sixth place with a 9.525.

    On bars, Marino shone again, winning her fourth bars crown of the season. Her 9.925 on bars ties her for third place in the RU record book, becoming the only other person on the list besides former teammate Dawn Campbell (1997-2000), who holds the record of 10.000, as well as second all-time (9.950) and third. Making it a true sweep of the event were sophomores Sveta Shterenberg (Sharon, MA) and Tracy Heckler (Laurel Springs, NJ). Both set new career highs as Shterenberg finished second with a 9.825 and Heckler tied for third (9.800) with Temple’s Lexi Zafferes and Paige Ozaroski.

    For the second time this season, Rutgers broke its own beam record, posting a 48.800 overall. In the first home meet (Jan. 25, 2003), the Scarlet Knights set a new benchmark of 48.625 on beam, breaking the three-season old record of 48.550 (March 1, 2000). Heading up the beam team was junior Lisa Abrams (Mt. Ephraim, NJ) with a career-high 9.850 for first-place, followed closely by classmate Laura Iepson (Sweetwater, NJ) in second with a 9.825. Sophomore Nicci Bradder (Dover, NH) rounded out another RU 1-2-3 finish in third with a 9.775.

    On floor, the Scarlet Knights wrapped up the night with Caitlin Wight (Washington, PA) scoring a 9.800 to share the title with Temple’s Cicely Warrington. Sophomore Jennifer Miksan (Carol Stream, IL) placed third, tying with Shterenberg, with a score of 9.750.

    Shterenberg won her first all-around competition of the season, scoring a 38.100. Temple’s Erin Davis finished second with a composite score of 37.750, while Bridgeport rounded out the all-around with Korrie Powelski in third (37.450), Joey-Marie Kochanski in fourth (37.250) and Carolyn Hill in fifth (35.825).

    The Scarlet Knights will head west for their next meet, facing No. 7 Arizona State on Friday, Feb. 28. RU’s final home meet of the season will be on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m., featuring Michigan State, Brown and Yale.

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