BALTIMORE (March 19, 2014) – Senior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) of the Rutgers gymnastics team earned five First Team All-East Atlantic Gymnastics League honors in announcement from the conference office. A total of six Scarlet Knights picked up All-EAGL accolades.
“Alexis has been very consistent in the gym day-in and day-out all year and is well-deserving of these honors,” head coach Louis Levine said. “She has also shown great leadership as a captain, setting an example for others to follow. It is great to see a total of six of our gymnasts earn All-EAGL, all having put in the work to be successful this season. We look forward to competing in the EAGL Championships Saturday.”
Gunzelman picked up first team for every event and all-around, one of just two gymnasts in the conference to earn the distinction. She led the league with a 9.845 regional qualifying score (RQS) on uneven bars, also scoring above a 9.800 on floor exercise (9.835), balance beam (9.820) and vault (9.815). Gunzelman has an RQS of 39.200 all-around, with a career-high of 39.400 set Feb. 22 in a home quad meet. She now has 11 total EAGL postseason awards in her four-year career.
Redshirt junior Luisa Leal (Cali, Colombia) also earned multiple honors, being named First Team All-Vault and Second Team All-Uneven Bars. She totaled an RQS of 9.815 on vault (season-high of 9.900) and a 9.770 on bars, having nine total EAGL postseason honors in her career.
Junior Emma Hoffman (Union, N.J.) emerged in the uneven bars lineup this season and picked up First Team All-Bars with a 9.800 RQS. She had a career-high of 9.850 in the event Jan. 24 to earn EAGL Specialist of the Week.
Collecting all-conference accolades for the second time in two years, sophomore Jenna Williams (Bordentown, N.J.) compiled a 9.805 RQS on balance beam to earn a spot on the second team. This is her third event being All-EAGL, as she was on the vault and uneven bar teams last season.
Freshmen Charly Santagado (Celebration, Fla.) and Claire Jones (Gaffney, S.C.) adjusted quickly to the collegiate level and scored second-team status. Santagado totaled a 9.775 RQS on uneven bars, while Jones had a 9.800 on beam to join the list. Jones was twice voted EAGL Rookie of the Week this season.
The Scarlet Knights will compete in the EAGL Championships Saturday at 2 p.m. at the University of New Hampshire. The conference’s major awards will be announced Friday evening at the annual banquet.