TOWSON, Md. – The Rutgers gymnastics team (13-4) took third place in an extremely close tri-meet between the Scarlet Knights, Yale, and Towson University. Rutgers finished just one-tenth of a point shy of second place, as the team finished with a final score of 191.675 while Yale scored a 191.775 to take second. Towson won the meet with an overall mark of 193.525.
Lorena Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was the team's top finisher in the all-around, taking fourth place with a score of 38.450, tying her second-highest score of the season. Johnson was also RU's top finisher on uneven bars, scoring a 9.700 to finish in a three-way tie for second. Stephanie Pannick (Archbald, Pa.) was the team's second top-10 finisher in the rotation, placing seventh.
Freshman Laura Sevarino (Cheshire, Conn.) took fourth on vault with her score of 9.725. On beam, Casey Santangelo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Johnson tied for fourth with their scores of 9.650. For Santangelo, the score tied her season-high. On floor, Kelly Straka (Fairless Hills, Pa.) was the Scarlet Knights' top finisher, scoring a 9.700 to take seventh.
With the loss to Yale, Rutgers is now 1-1 on the season against the Bulldogs, having defeated them earlier in the season, while this was the first time RU had faced Towson this season.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action on Saturday, March 17, when they travel to West Virginia for a tri-meet against Temple and West Virginia. Competition is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.