PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers women's gymnastics team swept the University of Rhode Island, Bridgeport, and Ursinus to improve to 12-2 on the season. Rutgers' final score of 191.250 marked the fourth-straight meet Rutgers has scored 190 or above. Ursinus took second (188.300), Rhode Island third (187.800) and Bridgeport fourth (182.950).
Rutgers was led on vault by freshman Laura Sevarino (Cheshire, Conn.), who posted a team-high score of 9.725 and took second overall. Teammate Latara Northcutt (Snellville, Ga.) scored a season-best 9.625 on the event with Lorena Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) close behind with a score of a 9.600. The Scarlet Knights finished with a final team score of 48.050 on the rotation, their second-highest team score of the season.
On uneven bars, the Scarlet Knights posted a final team mark of 48.200 and swept the rotation, led by Stephanie Pannick's (Archbald, Pa.) first place finish with a score of 9.825, just .25 shy of her season-high. Freshman Prishani Seebadri (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) finished with a 9.725 for second place, and Northcutt took third overall with a 9.700.
Rutgers' score of 47.400 on beam was the team's second-highest mark of the season as the Scarlet Knights had two top-three finishers. Northcutt posted her second-best score of the season with a 9.650 to take second, followed by Casey Santangelo (Cherry Hill, N.J.), who scored a 9.575 on the event and tied for third. Johnson was not far behind with her mark of 9.500.
The Scarlet Knights closed-out the meet on floor, posting a team score of 47.600. Johnson was the only top-three finisher for Rutgers, tying for third with a score of 9.725. Beth Fittery (Denver, Pa.) finished with a 9.675, followed by Elizabeth Bramley (South Windsor, Conn.),who scored a 9.550.
Sevarino was the lone all-around competitor for Rutgers, finishing with a 36.725.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action when they host Cornell University on Saturday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m. in the team's final home-meet of the season. Rutgers' seven seniors will be honored prior to the start of the meet.