PITTSBURGH - March 24, 2012 – Rutgers University gymnastics earned its highest score in program history at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships Saturday inside Fitzgerald Field House on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. RU eclipsed last season’s mark of 193.625 with a season-high 193.850 team score to finish in eighth place.
“It was a fun meet. There were a lot of great individual performances that added up to a great team score today,” said head coach Louis Levine. “We had our high score of the season and you can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) proved why she was named First Team All-EAGL All-Around with a career-high 39.125 to finish tied for fifth. It was the highest placing ever by a Scarlet Knight in the all-around at the EAGL Championships.
Gunzelman also set a personal best on the floor exercise, scoring a 9.900 to finish in a tie for second amongst 48 competitors in the event. She also led the team tying for fourth on the balance beam with a 9.800 to round out a superb day.
As a unit on the floor exercise, RU earned its second-highest score in school history in any meet (49.125) in the event. It was a balanced performance, with all six participants scoring at least a 9.750. After Gunzelman’s 9.900, junior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.) and classmate Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) put up marks of 9.850 and 9.825, respectively.
“We just went out there and controlled ourselves on floor,” said Levine. “It is a fun event and we just had one great routine after another all the way to the end. I am proud of the performance.”
The Scarlet Knights additionally tied their season high on the vault with a 48.675, which was also reached at Pittsburgh on Feb. 4. Sophomore Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) led Rutgers with a 9.800, while Gunzelman notched a 9.775.
Freshman Sara Skammer (Dallas, Pa.) did well in her first Championships, setting a personal best on the floor exercise (9.775) and tying her season mark on the vault (9.725).
“Our goal is always not to have to count any falls, and we did that today,” continued Levine. “I am very happy with how we did, peaking at the end of the season.”
West Virginia won the meet with a 196.475.
The EAGL Championships completed the team season for RU, as the program will now wait to see if any individuals qualify for the NCAA Regionals.
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