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Rutgers Gymnastics Finishes Eighth at EAGL Championships
  • Posted on March 29, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • DURHAM, NH - The Rutgers women’s gymnastics team finished eighth at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championships with a team score of 193.025 Saturday night on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. UNH won the league championship with a 196.750, followed by North Carolina State’s 196.675 for second and North Carolina in third place with a 196.025.

    On vault, RU’s Kristen Marino (Hillsborough, NJ) posted a 9.850 to tie for eighth place. Her score tied her own second-place mark in the RU record book for the event, matching her career high from Feb. 28, 2003. Rutgers’ freshman Erin Lynch (Mullica Hill, NJ) scored a 9.700, tying for 33rd in the event. UNH’s Tara Phillips scored a perfect 10.000 on vault to win the event championship, followed by Towson’s Kristen Presutti and her score of 9.950.

    Sophomore Sveta Shterenberg (Sharon, MA) led the Scarlet Knights on bars with her 17th-place finish of 9.800. Sophomore Tracy Heckler (Laurel Springs, NJ) placed 26th with a score of 9.775. Towson’s Juliya Kovaliova won the bars title with a 9.925, followed by Presutti and NC State’s Marlyn Madey tied for second, each scoring a 9.900.

    Junior Lisa Abrams (Mt. Laurel, NJ) was the top Scarlet Knight on beam, finishing in 18th place after scoring a 9.825 to tie for fourth place in the RU record book. Maryland’s Sarah Hoenig and Rachel Martinez tied with West Virginia’s Dinorh Boyd to split the beam title, each posting a 9.925 in the event.

    RU’s top floor performance came from junior Caitlin Wight (Washington, PA), who scored a 9.775 to finish 20th. WVU’s Boyd picked up the floor crown with a 9.950, followed by UM’s Martinez in second with a 9.925 and Towson’s Presutti in third with a 9.900.

    Shterenberg, RU’s all-around competitor, finished 16th with a composite score of 38.200. UM’s Martinez won the all-around with a 39.625, while Towson’s Presutti took second with a 39.400.

    RU will await the announcement of teams qualifying for the Northeast Regional Championship, which will be held at the University of Michigan on April 14.

    EAGL Championship Final Results

    1. New Hampshire 196.750
    2. NC State 196.675
    3. North Carolina 196.025
    4. Maryland 195.775
    4. Towson 195.775
    6. West Virginia 195.650
    7. Pittsburgh 193.975
    8. Rutgers 193.025

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