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Rutgers Olympic Sports: B1G Championships, an All American....we got stuff to talk about

You name the sport, we've got it here. Winter into spring, indoors and out. I'm exhausted!

Women's Track & Field - NCAA Championships

The biggest and best news of the past week was the All American honor earned by senior Gabrielle Farquharson. She earned Second Team All-American status in the long jump at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  It is Farquharson's third All-America distinction having earned Second Team All-American with the 4x100m relay team and Honorable Mention All-American with the 4x400m relay team at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Farquharson finished in 16th place, suffering a hamstring injury on her second jump. The senior Scarlet Knight reached 5.54m (18' 2 ¼") on her first jump before being hampered by the injury on her next two attempts.  The injury also forced Farquharson to scratch from the 200m semifinals.

"Unfortunately injuries happen in sport. Despite the ending to the season, Gabrielle had a wonderful indoor season highlighted by her remarkable accomplishments," said head coach James Robinson. "It was an honor for Coach Lou (Tomlinson) and myself to coach Gabrielle this season and we look forward to her return to competition in 2015-16."

Farquharson wraps up a memorable indoor season which saw her capture the first ever Rutgers Big Ten title by winning gold in the 200m. She reset the indoor record three times in the event during the course of the 2015 indoor season, which included her Big Ten title time of 23.50.


Returning home following a three-match road stand, the Rutgers women's tennis team was edged by No. 73 Michigan State in its Big Ten home opener. The loss snapped a three-game home winning streak.

"Today was a great collegiate tennis match. It was very close and exciting," said head coach Ben Bucca. "Both teams played strong aggressive tennis. I am proud of our team as they fought nationally ranked Michigan State from the first point right through to the last point."

Freshman Chloe Lee claimed her first Big Ten victory over Aslina Chua by the scores of 6-4, 7-5. Senior Lindsey Balsamo topped Catherine Parenteau by the decisive result of 6-0, 6-3.

The team defeated Buffalo, 4-3, in nonconference play on Monday afternoon.  RU swept the doubles matchups with three dominant victories. Junior duo  Gina Li and Mariam Zein topped their opponents, 6-3. The pair of senior Lindsay Balsamo and freshman Chloe Lee and the duo of sophomore Farris Cunningham and freshman Lee Levy bested their opponents by identical marks of 6-4.

With an advantage from the team doubles point, the Scarlet Knights secured the win with three victories in singles action. Balsamo extended her win streak to three straight matches with a come from behind victory at the No. 3 singles spot. After falling 6-1 in the first set, Balsamo dominated her opponent by scores of 6-2 and 6-3 to take the win.

Li grabbed a 6-2, 6-3 win in the No. 1 singles spot, while Zein contributed a 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 4 spot.

In its final nonconference matchup of the season, the Rutgers women's tennis team fell to College of Charleston, 6-1, on the road Tuesday afternoon.

"Today's match was a tough loss after a strong victory yesterday," said Bucca. "We played as hard as we could, but today Charleston was the better team. It has been a great spring break trip and we are well prepared to return home and, hopefully, play some matches outside."

Rutgers moves to an overall record of 6-6 (0-3 B1G), while Charleston moves to a mark of 4-11.

In singles action, junior Gina Li recorded a win over Brooke McAmis as the match was retired in the thirdset.

Up next, the Scarlet Knights return home for two Big Ten weekend matches at the Rutgers Tennis Complex. Rutgers hosts Ohio State on Friday, March 20 for its first true home match (on campus) of the season, followed by Penn State on Sunday, March 22. Both matches are set for noon starts.


vs. Michigan State *

EBRC, East Brunswick, NJ

L, 5-2


at Buffalo

College of Charlestown, Charlestown, SC

W, 4-3


at College of Charleston

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

W, 6-1


vs. Ohio State *

Piscataway, N.J.

12:00 p.m. ET


vs. Penn State *

Piscataway, N.J.

12:00 p.m. ET

Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week

Alexandra Stanova, Maryland, So. - Zilina, Slovakia

  • At No. 1 singles, defeated No. 19 Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan (6-2, 6-2), marking the highest-ranked victory of her career
  • Posted wins over Nebraska's Maggy Lehmicke (6-2, 6-2) and Morgan State's Chelsi Russell (6-1, 6-0) at the No. 1 singles position
  • Alongside Welma Luus, defeated No. 47 Mary Hanna and Izabella Zgierska of Nebraska (8-5) in doubles play


I'm not a gymnastics expert.  Okay, I know virtually nothing about the sport.  Except it is very impressive and the women are excellent athletes.  And while the Knights have won very little against Big Ten competition, they've scored well.  And that seems to be the key: how well do they score on individual events.  Ultimately, that leads to qualifying at higher levels.

Competing in a highly competitive Big Five qualifier meet Saturday at the Sports Pavilion on the campus of Minnesota, Rutgers gymnastics scored a 194.150. It was the fourth consecutive meet the Scarlet Knights went for at least a 194.000 team mark.

No. 6 Michigan won the meet with a 197.000, with No. 12 Penn State (196.650), No. 20 Minnesota (196.450), No. 25 Iowa (196.425) and RU following. Rutgers will compete in the first session at next week's Big Ten Championships based on the results. The meet will be replayed on Big Ten Network Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

"It was a very competitive meet and a big-time championship atmosphere," head coach Louis Levine said. "We had some strong individual performances, but could not afford to have the slow start we had. We look forward to heading to the Big Ten Championships next weekend and putting together our best meet of the season."

Rutgers will next make its first trip to the Big Ten Championships in the first session next Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The meet will be televised on Big Ten Network.

The Big Ten Conference announced its women's gymnastics All-Big Ten teams and Big Ten Championships schedule on Tuesday. The All-Conference teams are determined by regional qualifying scores, while each team's finish at last weekend's Big Five meets determined the order of appearance at this weekend's Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships.

At Saturday's championships, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State and Rutgers will compete in the morning session at 11:30 a.m. ET, while the evening session will feature Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The 2015 Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships will be held at Crisler Center on the campus of the University of Michigan. BTN will provide live coverage of both sessions.


Mary Jane Horth, Illinois

Sunny Kato, Illinois

Giana O'Connor, Illinois

Nicole Artz, Michigan

Brianna Brown, Michigan

Talia Chiarelli, Michigan

Sachi Sugiyama, Michigan

Lisa Burt, Michigan State

Elena Lagoski, Michigan State

Lindsay Mable, Minnesota

Hollie Blanske, Nebraska

Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska

Big Ten Gymnast of the Week

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

  • Won the all-around title with a score of 39.550 at Michigan's Big Five meet, guiding the Wolverines to the regular-season Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championship

Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week

Mollie Drenth, Iowa, So. - Riverview, Fla.

  • Won the bars with a score of 9.925 in Iowa's Big Five meet
  • Placed first on the beam with a tally of 9.900

Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Briannah Tsang, Penn State, Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Tallied a score of 39.300 in the all-around in Penn State's Big Five meet

Men's Golf

Shootout at Shingle Creek


Shootout at Shingle Creek

Orlando, Fla.

All Day


Shootout at Shingle Creek

Orlando, Fla.

All Day


Shootout at Shingle Creek

Orlando, Fla.

All Day


Rutgers opens its season this weekend on the Raritan.

3/21/15 URI/Princeton/Villanova New Brunswick, N.J. All Day

Big Ten Boat of the Week

Minnesota First Varsity Eight

  • Posted two first-place finishes and a third-place tally at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational
  • Boat bested Central Florida, Oklahoma and Michigan State with a time of 6:00.089, more than three seconds faster than the next finisher; Added a third-place tally behind nationally ranked Yale and Notre Dame
  • Improved its time to 5:59.780 in the afternoon session to defeat Oklahoma, Tennessee and Alabama