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When the Rutgers gymnastics team recruited Luisa Leal-Restrepo,
expectations were sky-high. She was a veteran of the Colombian
national team and training for the Olympics. While inflated
expectations are a hallmark of recruiting in collegiate athletics,
in the case of Leal-Restrepo, the hype was true.
The Rutgers gymnastics team had a record-breaking season in 2011
after slowly building toward national prominence for the last
While the Rutgers gymnastics team's season is over, three
gymnasts continued to compete this weekend. The NCAA Regionals were
held in six regions across the country last Saturday to decide who
would qualify for Nationals in Cleveland.
The Rutgers gymnastics team had its sights set on going to NCAA
regionals all season, and even though the Scarlet Knights came up
short, they put together a memorable season and broke multiple
records along the way.
While the schedule for the Rutgers gymnastics team concluded
with a school-record finish at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League
Championships, three gymnasts continued their seasons.
Following a regular season that saw the Rutgers gymnastics team
break several school records, including the season wins total, the
Scarlet Knights decided to add one more record to the list.
With the postseason approaching, the Rutgers gymnastics team has
one last opportunity to boost its season average. The Scarlet
Knights travel to Maryland tomorrow to compete in a tri-meet
against Towson and Yale in their season finale.
The question heading into every gymnastics meet over the past
month was not whether the Rutgers gymnastics team would win, but
what records it would break in the process. The Scarlet Knights'
Senior Day meet Saturday was no exception.
The Rutgers gymnastics team will compete not only against four
other teams on Saturday, but also its emotions. The Scarlet Knights
host Cornell, Southern Connecticut State, West Chester and Yale in
their final home meet of the season and for members of the senior
class, the final home meet of their careers.
For the Rutgers gymnastics team, the 2011 season was a rousing
success. The Scarlet Knights performed at a consistently higher
level than they have in years, most recently earning the
third-highest score in Rutgers history Saturday in Piscataway.
Regardless of the outcome, year in and year out the alumni meet
is a time for both current and past Rutgers gymnasts to celebrate.
There was even more reason to rejoice this year than usual.
For the Rutgers gymnastics team, the story of the season has
been the overall depth on the roster. Much of that is a result of a
strong freshman class that is able to perform at a high level from
the start of its career.
The Rutgers gymnastics team had a successful weekend, finishing
with its second highest score of the season in a quad meet at
Maryland, but placing third. The Scarlet Knights finished with a
score of 192.975 — just behind the winner, No.18 Penn State, and
Before entering the most difficult stretch of its schedule, the
Rutgers gymnastics team pays a visit Saturday to SUNY Cortland in a
tri-meet against the host school and Ursinus.
For any incoming freshman, college life offers a series of
challenges before one feels fully acclimated. For Luisa
Leal-Restrepo, the transition has been harder than that of her
After a three-day span in which the Rutgers gymnastics team
competed in two tri-meets, the Scarlet Knights came away with a
first and second place finish and two scores above 190.
Following a mistake-filled meet at West Virginia, the Rutgers
gymnastics team returns home on Friday night to the Livingston
Recreation Center to face Brown and Bridgeport.
Following its biggest victory in recent history, the Rutgers
gymnastics team finished second in a tri-meet against two tough
opponents in West Virginia and Pittsburgh.
The Rutgers gymnastics team not only faces the daunting task of
competing against West Virginia and Pittsburgh on Saturday, but it
also has to improve on one of the team's best performances in
In front of a raucous crowd at the Livingston Recreation Center,
the Rutgers gymnastics team earned its first big upset of the