PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 5, 2013) – Under the direction of third-year head coach Louis Levine, the Rutgers gymnastics program released its 2014 schedule Tuesday. The slate is highlighted by four meets at the Livingston Recreation Center, including the season-opener Jan. 11 versus New Hampshire.
“We start off right away with three tough meets that are quickly going to let us know where we are,” Levine said. “Our goal is to qualify for NCAAs as a team and we want to be able to put up high scores from the beginning.”
RU will compete in two road meets during the second week of the season, traveling to take on Kent State (Jan. 17) in a quad meet before facing future Big Ten rival Ohio State (Jan. 19) head-to-head.
The second home meet will be against Brown (Jan. 24) on a Friday evening, with the third against Penn State, Temple and Ursinus (Feb. 22) for the Alumni and Pink meet. Senior Day will take place March 8 against Central Michigan, Towson, Southern Connecticut State and Yale.
The Scarlet Knights averaged over 900 fans per meet last season, with a high of 1,012, at the Livingston Recreation Center. The squad broke the school record with a 195.975 team score in its final home contest in 2013.
“Every home meet is a great experience for the kids and gives them a chance to show off for the fans,” Levine said. “There have been some big crowds over the years at the Livingston Gym and we look forward to seeing great environments once again this season.”
The annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships will be held March 22 at New Hampshire. Following that, Rutgers hopes to have a top 36 national regional qualifying score (RQS) to advance to the NCAA Regionals as a team for the first time since 2007.