Groden Earns Third Trip to NCAA Regionals

March 20, 2017

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Junior Libby Groden of the Rutgers gymnastics team was selected to compete as an individual all-arounder at NCAA Regionals for the third-straight year, the NCAA announced Monday. She will travel to Morgantown, West Virginia, for an April 1 competition that starts at 4 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum.

"Libby has been a great competitor for us in the all-around at every meet this year," head coach Louis Levine said. "It is fitting that she is able to represent Rutgers in NCAA postseason competition."

A Second Team All-Big Ten selection, Groden compiled a 38.940 all-around regional qualifying score (RQS) this season. She produced at least a 9.700 in 37-of-48 routines, including all four last week at the Big Ten Championships for a 38.950 total. The junior led RU with a 9.800 on uneven bars in the meet held at the RAC.

Groden has a personal RQS best of 9.800 on floor exercise, but has reached as high as 9.850 on balance beam (9.780 RQS). She owns a 9.735 RQS on uneven bars and a 9.725 RQS on vault. Groden’s best all-around performance this season came March 5 at Central Michigan with a career-high 39.075.

In two previous trips to NCAA Regionals, Groden scored a 39.025 with a best of 9.800 on uneven bars last season at Michigan and put together a 38.850 as a freshman, also at West Virginia. That included a season-high 9.800 on balance beam.

Groden was also Rutgers’ recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and previously picked up Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2016 as a visual art major.

Click here for the full release from the NCAA.

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