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Senior Kiah Banfield, above, and freshman Alyssa Straub tied for
a sixth-place finish in the vault with scores of 9.725. Freshman
teammate Luisa Leal-Restrepo won the event with a 9.800, part of an
impressive day for the Cali, Colombia, native, who also won the
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
Freshman Luisa Maria Leal-Restrepo and transfer Danielle D'Elia
are two newcomers to the Knights that made immediate impacts.
In front of a raucous crowd at the Livingston Recreation Center,
the Rutgers gymnastics team earned its first big upset of the
Sophomore Jenna Zito had her best finish in the floor exercise
with a score of 9.800, which was good for fifth place in the
Senior Kiah'Banfield finished third place in the floor exercise
with a score of 9.825. The Rutgers gymnastics team took four of the
top five places in the floor exercise, as Banfield trailed freshmen
Danielle D'Elia and'Luisa Leal-Restrepo and finished ahead of Jenna
Prior to the start of the gymnastics season, head coach Chrystal
Chollet-Norton announced her retirement at the conclusion of the
Rutgers head gymnastics coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton compiled a
233-235-1 record during her tenure with the Scarlet Knights prior
to announcing she would retire following the end of the 2010-11
season. Chollet-Norton already earned three commitments for the
Class of 2011.
Senior Leigh Heinbaugh is one of many gymnasts Chrystal
Chollet-Norton coached during her tenure at Rutgers and averages a
9.213 on the balance beam through the Knights' first two meets.
As is traditionally the case, the New Year ushered in the
gymnastics season. The Rutgers gymnastics team competed twice
during winter break to kick off the 2011 campaign.
Sophomore Emma-Rose Trentacosti scored a team-high 9.725 on the
balance beam for the Scarlet Knights in the Lindsey Ferris
Invitational in Washington, D.C.
Coming off of a banner year in which the Rutgers gymnastics team
earned a spot at USA Nationals, the Scarlet Knights will once again
look to exceed expectations.
The Rutgers gymnastics team announced its 2011 season schedule
yesterday, revealing an opening meet Jan. 8 against New Hampshire
in Durham, N.H.
Sophomore Jenna Zito competes in the all-around for the Scarlet
Knights, averaging a score of 37.743 and topping 38 five times with
a season-high 38.475.
When the Rutgers gymnastics team's season began in January, head
coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton was content to declare her team's
goal of merely getting to USA Nationals. As the season went on, it
became clear that her goal was less aggressive than the Scarlet
Knights' skill level allowed for.
Laura Sevarino earned Senor Athlete of the Year and All-American
honors as the Knights placed fourth at USA'Nationals this past
weekend, participating in all four events.
Junior Erica Gerlach earned All-American accolades after
finishing third overall following a 9.625 performance on the
This season has been a struggle for a single goal for the
Rutgers gymnastics team. From the start of the season, head coach
Chrystal Chollet-Norton and her team had their sights set on one
objective, getting to nationals as a team. On Wednesday, that goal
will be realized.