PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Rutgers women's gymnastics team (5-1) defeated Temple (0-2), 189.675-185.700, in a dual-meet in Philadelphia. The team score of 189.675 was the second-highest of the season for the Scarlet Knights, and the win extended their winning streak to five-straight meets, dating back to Jan. 12.
Senior Lorena Johnson (Lawrenceville, N.J.) won the all-around with a score of 38.000, the fourth time this season she has led RU in the all-around. Rutgers swept the balance beam, with a first place finish by Laura Sevarino (Cheshire, Conn.), who posted a score of 9.825, a season-high for the freshman. Alison Hartwig (Wayne, N.J.) placed second on beam with a score of 9.675, while Johnsonscored a 9.450 to take third.
Sevarino had another first place finish in vault with her score of 9.600, while Johnson tied for second (9.475) and senior Beth Fittery (Denver, Pa.) placed fourth (9.425). Fittery went on to win the floor event with her score of 9.675. Also on floor, Kelly Straka (Fairless Hills, Pa.) took second (9.625) and Johnson tied for third (9.550). Finally, in the uneven bars, Stephanie Pannick (Archbald, Pa.) placed second with a score of 9.750, a season-high for the junior. Latara Northcutt (Snellville, Ga.) posted a score of 9.675 to take third, while Johnson scored a 9.525 in the event.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 26, when they host North Carolina in a dual meet beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Livingston Athletic Center