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The Rutgers gymnastics team continues a stretch of difficult
meets on Saturday when it travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to face Cornell.
Following a razor-thin second-place finish to Bridgeport in a home
quad-meet, the level of competition does not get any easier.
Cornell, like Bridgeport, is in the hunt to go to USA
Freshman Jennifer Zito averages 9.328 on the bars and 9.397 on
the beam, an area she believes the team must improve.
When watching senior gymnast Alyssa Lewandowski compete there
is only one word that describes her attitude — ecstatic. Even in
the tense situations, Lewandowski's smile never wavers. She is just
happy to be able to show her skills.
Senior Alyssa Lewandowski averages a 9.558 on the floor
exercise, good for the third best average on the team.
Senior Alyssa Lewandowski averages a 9.611 on the vault, the
second best average on the team. Her high last weekend was a
Senior Alyssa Lewandowski's energetic nature caused her
grandparents to encourage her to compete in gymnastics.
In front of an Alumni Day crowd of 821 fans, the Rutgers
gymnastics team came up just short of victory in its first
nighttime home meet of the year. The Scarlet Knights placed second
in a highly competitive quad-meet Saturday, .125 shy of first place
Bridgeport. While ultimately falling short, the Knights put up an
impressive score of 190.87.
Junior Kiah Banfield's career-high 9.900 led all performers in
the floor exercise, but was not enough in the close loss to
After a first place finish at home, the Rutgers gymnastics team
traveled to Ohio to face off against Kent State and Northern
Illinois in a tri-meet and finished third with a disappointing
score of 187.925—nearly seven points behind first place Kent
A trip to Ohio in the dead of winter under any circumstances is
hardly a cause for celebration. For the Rutgers gymnastics team,
the long journey to Ohio will be unfavorable because of the level
of competition they will face upon arrival.
Senior Alyssa Lewandowski averages 9.583 in the vault entering
the Knights' last home quad-meet. Lewandowski's season-high score
was 9.675 on Jan. 30 in Maryland.
When a spectator arrives at a Rutgers gymnastics meet, he or she
sees a crowd filled with families. At its core, gymnastics is truly
a family sport.
Junior Kiah Banfield averages 9.538 on the vault and 9.579 in
the floor exercise for the Rutgers gymnastics team.
In others sports, enthusiasm is a rare trait to be
Nicole Romano finished third Saturday in the all-around
competition. Romano is part of a freshmen class that contributes
After a stretch of three meets in seven days and a trip to
Pittsburgh that became an odyssey due to snow, the Rutgers
gymnastics team finally has a chance to recharge its batteries and
prepare for tomorrow's home quad-meet.
Emma-Rose Trentacosti posted 9.200 on the bars and 9.400 on the
balance beam in the Knights' last quad-meet involving Brockport.
RU'also hosts Cortland and Ursinus this weekend at the Livingston
The Rutgers Gymnastics team travelled to Pittsburgh to
participate in a competitive quad-meet against host school
Pittsburgh, powerhouse Iowa State and Brockport as the Scarlet
Knights finished third with a score of 189.300, almost six points
behind first place Pittsburgh.
Senior Laura Sevarino posted a season-high 9.725 on vault for
the Scarlet Knights, who finished third ahead of Brockport.
Freshman Jenna Zito continued to impress in numerous events,
leading RU on beam with a score of 9.650.