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There are not many athletes who can say they compete in their
respective sport with a constant smile on their face. Junior Jenna
Zito of the Rutgers gymnastics team is one of the few exceptions.
While events like the uneven bars and vault might be judged more on
technicalities, more weight goes to presentation when it comes to
the floor exercise.
Junior Jenna Zito competes in the floor exercise Feb. 11 at the
Livingston Recreation?Center in a tri-meet.
When the Rutgers gymnastics team traveled to Maryland on
Saturday for a quad meet, it saw familiar faces in West Virginia
and William & Mary. The last time the Scarlet Knights met up
with EAGL opponent West Virginia, they fell to the Mountaineers by
a score of 193.425-191.650. William & Mary, on the other hand,
lost to the Knights, 192.500-191.825, in a quad meet in
Following its first-place finish in the familiar confines of the
Livingston Recreation Center last Saturday, the Rutgers gymnastics
team travels to Maryland this weekend for a quad meet. The Scarlet
Knights will see some familiar faces in the West Virginia
Mountaineers, which Rutgers faced in only its second meet of the
season. The last time the two squads met in January, the
Mountaineers ousted Rutgers at West Virginia, 193.425-191.650.
Sophomore Alexis?Gunzelman competes on the beam?last Saturday in
a quad meet at the Livingston Recreation Center. Gunzelman and the
Knights take on fellow EAGL?Conference members Maryland and West
Virginia on Saturday in College Park, Md.?Rutgers lost to the
Mountaineers earlier in the season.
When Sara Skammer competes in the floor exercise for the Rutgers
gymnastics team, she exudes confidence that comes with years of
experience. The freshman is more than capable of stepping up to the
plate to compete on the balance beam when called. And on uneven
bars and vault, she shows a poise and balance similar to veteran
members of the Scarlet Knights.
Freshman Sara Skammer performs Saturday in the floor exercise.
She improved by nearly .600 in the event since her first meet.
For the Rutgers gymnastics team, the advantage of playing at
home this season has been a luxury. The Scarlet Knights bested both
Cortland and Brown to take first place at the Livingston Recreation
Center on Saturday to improve their record to 6-5 and give
first-year head coach Louis Levine a 5-1 record at home. “It is
always great to win. What we are stressing now is to keep
improving,” Levine said.
Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman competes on the beam Saturday, when
she tied her career high with a score of 9.850.
For the past two meets, the Rutgers gymnastics team made a habit
of either tying or surpassing personal-best scores. And while the
Scarlet Knights gained their first wins of the season two weeks
ago, a quad meet in Pittsburgh last Saturday proved it takes more
to earn wins over the long haul. Despite many Knights racking up
personal bests, a poor performance on the uneven bars landed
Rutgers in third place overall.
Junior Danielle D’Elia and the Knights take on a pair of
programs this weekend, when they unveil a renewed team emphasis at
Despite racking up a number of personal career-high performances
Saturday, the Rutgers gymnastics team finished in a disappointing
third place in a quad meet at Pittsburgh.
But the Scarlet Knights’ performance in one event in particular
landed them in a completely different — and far more satisfying —
top-three standing. Their score of 48.675 in the vault competition
tied the record for third highest in Knights history.
Junior Jenna Zito tied for third place Saturday in the vault
with Alexis Gunzelman, her sophomore teammate. Three?Scarlet
Knights took as many places in the top five.
Junior Danielle D’Elia is one of many Scarlet Knights this
season to etch out a spot in the Rutgers record books.
For the second straight meet, the Rutgers gymnastics team
tallied personal-best scores and raised its overall team score to
192.500. But despite the improvements, a shaky outing in the bar
routine ultimately placed the Scarlet Knights third Saturday in a
quad meet with host-team Pittsburgh, George Washington and William
and Mary. “We struggled on bars today.
Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman recorded a team-high score on bars of
9.700 in the Scarlet Knights third-place finish Saturday in a quad
meet in Pittsburgh. Gunzelman took the all-around title with a
career-high score of 39.075.
According to the Rutgers gymnastics team, the main problem
during its three-meet losing skid to begin the season was its
confidence.As the Scarlet Knights travel to Pittsburgh tomorrow for a quad
meet, they have an even record at 3-3 after taking first place last
weekend in another quad meet.And, most importantly, their confidence is back.
When sophomore gymnast Alexis Gunzelman took to the mat for the
floor event Saturday, she did so among a passionate home crowd and
in an event the Rutgers gymnastics team struggled in for weeks. But
her mind was not on the crowd or the past — it was simply on the
routine. After all, it was one that she tried to master for months.
When all was said and done, a score of 9.825 — tied for her career
high — from the judges proved to Gunzelman at last she came close
Sophomore Alexis Gunzleman scored a career-high 9.825 points in
the floor event Saturday in the Knights’ quad-meet win.
The Rutgers gymnastics team returned home to the Livingston
Recreation Center last Saturday in a quad meet searching for its
first wins of the season.In a meet filled with career-highs and career-firsts, the Scarlet
Knights edged out Temple, Southern Connecticut and Ursinus to take
the top spot and even their record to 3-3.And on top of all the firsts the Knights acquired during the meet
stands head coach Louis Levine, who notched his first wins as head