UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Rutgers gymnastics team (17-6) wrapped-up its regular season with a second place finish at a quad-meet in University Park, Pa. The Scarlet Knights posted a team score of 191.550 to defeat New Hampshire (190.325) and Yale (187.475), but fell to the host Nittany Lions, who finished first with their score of 196.325.
The meet was highlighted by RU's one-two placing in the all-around, as Beth Fittery (Denver, Pa.) captured first (38.225) and Lorena Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) second (38.175).
The Scarlet Knights finished with a score of 48.100 on vault, led by Laura Sevarino's (Cheshire, Conn.) score of 9.700, a mark that placed her eighth overall. Senior Kelly Straka (Fairless Hills, Pa.) scored a 9.625 on the rotation.
Casey Santangelo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Stephanie Pannick (Archbald, Pa.) led the team on balance beam, with Santangelo scoring a 9.575 to finish ninth overall and Pannick placing in a tie for tenth with a score of 9.550. Rutgers posted a final score of 47.450 on the apparatus.
On uneven bars, Pannick led the Scarlet Knights with her score of 9.750 as she placed seventh overall. Latara Northcutt (Snellville, Ga.) and Johnson also finished in the top-10 as they tied for tenth with their scores of 9.650. The team finished with a score of 47.825.
Rutgers again had a strong night on floor, finishing with a score of 48.175, the team's highest score out of all four rotations. Straka led the team with her score of 9.750, followed closely behind by Fittery's mark of 9.725.
Rutgers has now beaten Yale three times this season to improve to 9-12 all-time against the Bulldogs. The Scarlet Knights have also beaten EAGL opponent New Hampshire twice this season. RU remains winless against the Nittany Lions, as Penn State improves to 10-0 all-time against Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action when they travel to the EAGL Championships on Friday, March 30. The Championships will be held on the campus of the University of Maryland and are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.