PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers women's gymnastics team (8-2) took second out of four teams, defeating Brockport and Yale but falling to the University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers led all teams with a score of 192.950, while the Scarlet Knights scored a 190.500 to take second. Yale placed third with a 184.075, while Brockport finished fourth with a final score of 183.425.
The Scarlet Knights' team score of 190.500 was their second-highest of the season and RU had top-three finishers in three of the four rotations. Laura Sevarino (Cheshire, Conn.) led the team in the all-around with score of 37.925, which placed her in a tie for second place overall. It was the freshman's highest all-around score of the. Lorena Johnson
(Lawrenceville, Ga.) was not far behind in the all-around, posting a score of 37.875 to take fourth.
On vault, Sevarinoscored a 9.750 to lead the team and take third overall. Johnsonposted a score of 9.625, and teammate Kelly Straka (Fairless Hills, Pa.) finished with a 9.600 on the event. The Scarlet Knights posted a final team score of 47.800 on the rotation.
Rutgers finished with a 48.500 on bars to place second out of the four teams. RU was led by Stephanie Pannick's (Archbald, Pa.) team-high score of 9.800 which placed her second. Johnson scored a season-best 9.775 on the apparatus to tie for third overall, while Latara Northcutt (Snellville, Ga.) finished close behind with a score of 9.725 to take seventh out of 24 competitors.
Northcutt went on to lead the team on beam with a 9.625, while Tiffany Schramm (Piscataway, N.J.) posted the team's second-highest score with a 9.475. RU finished with a final score of 46.175 on the rotation.
The Scarlet Knights posted their second-highest team score on the floor event, 48.025, which placed them first out of the four teams. Straka scored a team-best 9.750 on the event to finish third overall for Rutgers. Sevarino posted a 9.700 on floor to take fourth, while Beth Fittery (Denver, Pa.) scored a 9.700.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action when they travel to Cortland for a dual meet on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 3:30 p.m.