PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 19, 2013) – The Rutgers gymnastics team placed second at its home quad meet on Saturday in the Livingston Recreation Center with a score of 192.925, topping Penn (190.525) and Ursinus (182.725). Bridgeport finished in first place with a mark of 194.100.
The Scarlet Knights, led by second-year head coach Louis Levine, improved their record to 4-2 overall. RU put out its best rotation of the day on the floor exercise, notching a score of 48.600. Rutgers posted a season-best score of 48.225 on the balance beam.
“I think while the score was lower this week, there were steps that we needed to take forward that we took this week,” said Levine. “Unfortunately, it was a little bit of an incomplete performance this weekend, but you had people like Claudia Salinas who stepped up this week with a 9.850 on the beam. Jenna Williams just keeps plugging through with another three good routines. We’re happy with how today went.”
Freshman Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) had a strong outing, tallying a new career-high on the vault (9.850) to finish in third place individually. She also matched her career-best on the bars with another 9.850 to take first place in the meet. She was the lone Rutgers gymnast to record a 9.800 or higher on multiple events. Her previous top score on the vault was a 9.800, which she recorded in each of the first two meets this season.
Classmate Claudia Salinas (Allendale, N.J.) put together her best balance beam routine of her young career, earning a first-place finish with a score of 9.850 in the event.
On the floor exercise, Rutgers had three gymnasts compile scores of 9.725 or higher. Senior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the rotation with a 9.800 to finish tied for second place overall. Freshman Katie Stebick (Waterford, Pa.) and junior Alyssa Straub (Nazareth, Pa.) followed with scores of 9.775 and 9.725, respectively. The 9.775 marked a new career-best for Stebick. Straub competed in every event for the Scarlet Knights, totaling an all-around score of 37.750.
Junior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) notched two third-place finishes for Rutgers, with a 9.775 on the balance beam and a 9.675 on the uneven bars.
Rutgers is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 26 in a quad-meet at Penn State featuring the Nittany Lions, Iowa and Pitt at 7 p.m.
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