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Rutgers Finishes Third at UNO's Classic
  • Posted on March 03, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • TEMPE, AZ - The Rutgers women's gymnastics team (12-10) finished third in the UNO's Classic, scoring a 193.125. Host Arizona State, ranked fourth in the nation, scored a 197.825, followed by the No. 25 California Golden Bears and their score of 196.100.

    On vault, the Scarlet Knights continued their trend of rewriting the records, posting a team score of 48.600, the second-highest score in program history behind the record of 48.825 (2/12/00). Senior Kristen Marino (Hillsborough, NJ), the EAGL Specialist of the Week, scored a 9.850 on vault to finish tied for seventh overall. Her mark was the second highest in program history, just 0.025 shy of the career mark set by Rachael Ciarlante (1997-2000). Freshmen Jamye Shelton (Griffin, GA) and Erin Lynch (Mullica Hill, NJ) tied for 11th place with a 9.725. ASU's Maggie Germaine scored a 9.950 to tie with Cal's My-Lan Dodd for first place on vault.

    On bars, the Scarlet Knights were led by sophomore Sveta Shterenberg's (Sharon, MA) eighth-place finish with a 9.775. Sophomore Stephanie Zick (Pittsburgh, PA) placed ninth on bars with a 9.725, while senior Kamla Modi (Bayside, NY) took 10th with a 9.700. Ashley Ellsberry of Arizona State won the event with a 9.975, followed closely by her teammate Ashley Kelly in second with a 9.950.

    Junior Lisa Abrams (Mt. Ephraim, NJ) was the top Knight on beam, tying for ninth place with a 9.775. Shterenberg finished with a 9.750 in 12th, with junior Caitlin Wight (Washington, PA) in 13th with a 9.700. In a four-way tie for first place with scores of 9.950 were Cal's Miho Maeda and ASU's Ellsberry, Germaine and Kelly.

    Leading the floor rotation for Rutgers was sophomore Nicci Bradder (Dover, NH), who posted a 9.825 to tie for ninth place. Wight and Lynch rounded out the top three Scarlet Knights in the event, with Wight in 12th (9.775) and Lynch in 13th (9.750). Ellsberry took the floor crown for the Sun Devils, scoring a 9.975.

    Shterenberg, RU's lone all-around competitor, recorded a personal best of 38.850 overall to finish fifth out of six all-arounders. Kelly won the
    all-around for ASU, scoring a 39.750, followed by Cal's Dodd with a 39.675.

    Rutgers will return for its final home meet of the season on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. The Knights will host Michigan State, Yale and Brown in the
    Livingston Recreation Center as they honor their three senior captains: Kristen Marino, Kamla Modi and Bonnie Hart (Oakridge, NJ).

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