PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers women's gymnastics team (6-1) defeated to North Carolina State (2-3), 191.800-191.575, in a dual-meet. The score was RU's highest of the season and the victory extended RU's streak of dual meet wins to six, dating back to Jan. 12.
Rutgers won both the vault and bars rotations against a North Carolina team that was coming off a win against No. 24 Ohio State on Jan. 21. Senior Lorena Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led the team in all-around for the fourth time this season with a score of 38.450.
The teams remained close through the first rotation, as RU posted a 47.825 on vault and NC State scored a 47.325 on bars. Kelly Straka (Fairless Hills, Pa.) led the team in vault with a 9.675, a season-high for the senior, as she tied for second. Freshman Laura Sevarino (Cheshire, Conn.) tied her season-high with a 9.625.
In the team's second rotation on bars, three Scarlet Knights tied or set season-highs as RU scored a 48.800 on the event, the team's highest score of the season. Rutgers took two of the top three spots as Stephanie Pannick (Archbald, Pa.) tied for first with her season-best score of 9.850 and freshman Prishani Seebadri (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) scored a 9.800 to take third. Finally, Johnsonsurpassed her previous high of 9.700 with her score of 9.725.
Johnson led the team on beam with her season-high score of 9.775, another season-high for the senior, while teammate Latara Nortchutt (Snellville, Ga.) was not far behind with her score of 9.725, also a season-best.
With just over one point separating the teams after three rotations, the meet came down to the final rotation. Rutgers posted a 47.925 on floor, good enough to secure the victory. Beth Fittery (Denver, Pa.) andSevarino both scored a 9.725 to tie for second on floor.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 3, when they host Pittsburgh, Brockport, and Yale at 1:00 p.m. at the Livingston Recreation Center.