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Rutgers Takes Second at UNH
  • Posted on January 11, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • DURHAM, NH – The Rutgers women’s gymnastics team (2-1) opened its 2003 campaign this evening at the University of New Hampshire. The Scarlet Knights finished second with a team score of 190.850, behind the Wildcats first-place score of 193.900. Yale finished in third place with a 188.200, followed by Brown with a 184.600.

    The Rutgers vault rotation was led by senior tri-captain Kristen Marino (Hillsborough, NJ), who finished fifth with a 9.675, followed closely by freshman Erin Lynch (Mullica Hill, NJ) in sixth place with a 9.650. Rookie Jamye Shelton (Griffin, GA) made her debut on vault, scoring a 9.550 to tie for eighth place. Amanda Hall of UNH won the event with a 9.825.

    On bars, sophomore Sveta Shterenberg (Sharon, MA) made her return after missing part of the 2002 season with an injury. Shterenberg, who competed as RU’s lone all-arounder, scored a 9.700 for fourth place, followed by senior tri-captain Kamla Modi’s (Bayside, NY) fifth-place finish of 9.650. UNH’s Jennifer Dickson took first place, scoring a 9.850.

    The beam saw Rutgers best finishes of the night as juniors Lisa Abrams (Mt. Ephraim, NJ) and Caitlin Wight (Washington, PA) tied for third place with a 9.675. Sophomore Nicci Bradder (Dover, NH) made her Rutgers debut in her home state, after missing the 2002 season with an injury, finishing tied for fifth with a 9.625. Michelle Harley of UNH scored a 9.850 to win the event title.

    On floor, Lynch led the Scarlet Knights, scoring a 9.725 to finish fifth. In a tie for sixth place, scoring a 9.700 were sophomores Shterenberg, Janice Blackistone (Kensington, MD) and Stephanie Zick (Pittsburgh, PA). Dickson won the event for the Wildcats, scoring a 9.800, tying her teammate Mariana Pena.

    In the all-around, Shterenberg finished fourth with a final score 37.600. Dickson took the all-around crown with a 39.100, followed by Harley with a 38.500 and teammate Vanessa James with a 38.100.

    The Scarlet Knights will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 15, at the George Washington Invitational, facing the host Colonials, Cornell, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Temple and William and Mary. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

    SCORING SUMMARY

    1. New Hampshire 193.900
    2. RUTGERS 190.850
    3. Yale 188.200
    4. Brown 184.600

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