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RU Olympic sports: Tennis, Golf, and Gymnastics close out the week in review

Gymnastics closed out its home schedule at the RAC and went out with a roar.


Concluding a three-match road swing, the Rutgers women's tennis team fell to Iowa, 6-1, on Saturday  at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.  Rutgers move to an overall record of 5-4 and 0-2 in the Big Ten. Iowa snapped a four-match losing streak with today's win, improving to a mark of 5-4 and 1-1 in conference play.


Competing in front of 1,477 fans at the RAC, Rutgers gymnastics secured a 195.200 to finish first in a tri-meet Saturday during Senior Night. The Scarlet Knights scored a program-best 49.375 team total on floor exercise in the victory.

RU also tied a season-high 48.950 on balance beam during competition. Bridgeport (194.750) finished second in the meet while West Chester (190.825) rounded out the scoring.

"Tonight was a strong step," said head coach Louis Levine. "It was a strong beginning and a really strong finish with a little stumble in the middle. They didn't give up, they continued to push hard and were aggressive all the way through the end. It was a 195 score we really needed."

Following the meet, the program recognized its four senior gymnasts - Anastasia Halbig, Emma Hoffman, Luisa Leal and Sara Skammer - in a ceremony that included a video tribute to the group.

"They are a great group of girls," Levine said. "The four of them work hard and love gymnastics. We all struggled a bit with the emotions tonight, but they all had their bright spots. Overall, to end a meet breaking a program record on floor, you really can't ask for much more from them."

RU will return to action March 14, when the Scarlet Knights travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete in the B1G Five Meet with Minnesota, Michigan, Penn State and Iowa.

Big Ten Gymnastics

Co-Gymnasts of the Week

Nicole Artz, Michigan, So. - Holland, Mich.

  • Tallied a score of 39.550 in the all-around in No. 6 Michigan's dual meet with No. 4 Utah
  • Scored a 9.950 on the bars, 9.900 on the beam and a 9.850 on the vault and floor exercise

Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska, Sr. - Rogers, Minn.

  • Won the all-around with a score of 39.550 in No. 9 Nebraska's dual meet win over No. 14 Oregon State
  • Won the vault (9.975) and bars (9.900) and scored a 9.875 on the floor
  • Tied a career high on the vault

Event Specialist of the Week

Talia Chiarelli, Michigan, So. - Boston, Mass.

  • Tied for first place on the beam with a score of 9.975 in No. 6 Michigan's dual meet versus No. 4 Utah
  • Also scored a 9.900 on the floor and 9.825 on the vault
  • Set a career-high mark on the beam

Freshman of the Week

Brianna Brown, Michigan, West Chester, Ohio

  • Set a career-high mark with an all-around score of 39.550 in No. 6 Michigan's dual meet with No. 4 Utah
  • Tallied a career-best mark of 9.925 on the balance beam and tied a personal-high score on the bars (9.950)


Rutgers men's golf is in 13th place with a 619 (311-308) total after the opening two rounds of the 14-team Colleton River Collegiate, played Monday at the Colleton River Plantation Club. Freshman Toks Pedro paced the Scarlet Knights on day one, carding a seven-over 151 (78-73) to enter Tuesday's final round tied for 36th in 89-player event.

Sophomore Michael Howe and senior Jacob Stockl also had solid showings in the competitive field. Howe is tied for 52nd with a 155 (77-78), while Stockl is tied for 66th with a158 (75-83).

Tennessee holds the lead after two rounds with a one-under 575 (286-289), while Miami (Ohio) is in second with a seven-over 583 (293-290). Host Michigan State is third with a nine-over 585 (290-295).