PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 30, 2013) – Staying at home for the third time in four weeks, Rutgers gymnastics will host Pittsburgh, Brown and Southern Connecticut State Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. inside the Livingston Recreation Center. The program will welcome back alumni at the meet, while also raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“The energy level of the gym from the beginning of the meet on is what makes the Alumni Meet special,” head coach Louis Levine said. “It’s always great to bring the past back to see where we have gone and where we have come from. Also, it’s special to bring all the Scarlet Knights together in a celebration of the program. Everyone is looking forward to this weekend.”
In addition to being the Alumni Meet, the program has also designated it as the Pink Meet. As in past years, the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be represented to collect donations and raise awareness for breast cancer.
Last week in a quad meet at Penn State, the Scarlet Knights (4-5, 0-2 EAGL) posted a season-high 48.850 on floor exercise on the way to a 193.225 team score. Senior Danielle D’Elia (Colts Neck, N.J.) and freshman Katie Stebick (Waterford, Pa.) each registered a 9.825 on floor to lead the way, while freshman Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) recorded a team-high 9.825 on uneven bars to place third overall in the event. Williams leads the EAGL with a 9.838 average through four weeks on bars.
Pitt (3-4, 1-1 EAGL) also competed in the quad meet at Penn State last weekend, narrowly defeating RU by 0.350. The Panthers have appeared in the NCAA national rankings this season and lead the EAGL with a 49.113 average on floor exercise. Head coach Debbie Yohman is in her 27th season at the helm of the program.
Brown (3-2) set a school record with a score of 48.400 on vault last weekend in a meet at New Hampshire. Michelle Shnayder led the team in the all-around completion, posting a 38.875, highlighted by a 9.775 on the balance beam. It will be the third-straight year the Bears travel to Piscataway, as the program is led by 12th-year head coach Sara Carver-Milne.
Southern Connecticut State (5-0) comes in having won all three meets this season, including a victory at Rhode Island College last weekend. Nicole Pruchnik earned ECAC Division II Gymnast of the Week after notching first in the floor exercise (9.750) and balance beam (9.475). Head coach Jerry Nelson is in his ninth season.