PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 4, 2013) – Rutgers gymnastics head coach Louis Levine announced captains for 2014 season. The three captains are Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.), Luisa Leal (Cali, Columbia) and Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.).
“These three are probably the most experienced competitors on our team,” Levine said. “They’ve been through the ups and downs so we really thought they were a good representation of what we want to be. The three girls have strengths that allow them to come together to be an amazing set of leaders.”
A senior and two-time NCAA qualifier, Gunzelman was named EAGL First Team All-Uneven Bars in the 2013 season. Throughout her junior year, she set several personal career records including a 9.825 on vault and a 9.850 on the uneven bars, while serving as a captain.
Returning as the EAGL Team MVP and nearly qualifying for the NCAA Nationals, Leal, a redshirt junior, was named EAGL First Team All-Vault for the second straight year. Leal recorded a school record 39.500 all-around score during a meet at Towson.
Zito comes back as a captain once again after competing in only two meets last year due to injury. The redshirt senior was named to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women Academic All-America team, recording a 9.825 in both floor exercise appearances in the 2013 season.
Levine stated that his expectations of the captains are “to lead by example and to be an extension of the coaching staff.”