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Rutgers Olympic Sports Recap

The last of the winter sports wrapped up its competition as the spring season continued with mixed results.

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Gymnastics

The Gymnastics team wrapped up their season as three competitors performed at the NCAA Morgantown Regional.  Freshman Elizabeth Groden, senior Luisa Leal and junior Jenna Williams each posted 9.800 totals in their respective events representing Rutgers gymnastics at the NCAA Regionals Saturday at the University of West Virginia.

"I'm really proud of the way the girls performed today," said head coach Louis Levine. "We were in some very difficult situations today competing as individuals. It's not the best situation, but I thought all three did a great job hitting their routines. You can't ask for much more from them and how they competed at Regionals."

Competing at the NCAA level for the first time in her career, Groden finished in a tie for 10th among all-arounders. Groden scored best on balance beam with a 9.800, tying a personal best in the event. She also posted an impressive score on floor exercise with a 9.750, while finishing with a 9.675 on uneven bars and a 9.625 on vault to round out the total of 38.850. For Groden, it marked the second-highest all-around score of her young career.

Leal competed for the fourth time at the NCAA Regionals, concluding her collegiate gymnastics career with a 9.800 on vault. For Leal, it was the 10th time she eclipsed the 9.800 mark in the event this season.

Williams ended her junior campaign with a 9.800 on uneven bars, representing the Scarlet Knights for the third time in her career. Her individual mark tied for 10th amongst 42 uneven bar competitors and was the ninth time she went above 9.8 in the event in 2015.

Tennis

The Rutgers women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 21 Northwestern on Saturday afternoon at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center.

"We displayed our strong aggressive play in doubles and singles," said head coach Ben Bucca. "With each match, we continue to improve as we compete against the top teams in the country. Congratulations to Chloe (Lee) as she won a great match at the two singles spot."

The  tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss to Illinois on Sunday afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center on the UI campus.

Men's Track

Joseph Velez reset the school record in the hammer throw for a second time this season and Thomas Carr claimed his third straight javelin title with a new PR to highlight the Rutgers men's outdoor track & field results at the Colonial Relays.

The Scarlet Knights took fourth out of 42 teams with 67 points. UNC-Wilmington captured the Colonial Relay title with 122.50 points followed by host William & Mary in second with 105 points and Bucknell in third with 76.25 points.

"We had some good early season marks. It was great to start getting some of our injured athletes back competing, like (Kadeem) Douse, (Jermaine) Griffith and (Morgan) Murray," said head coach Mike Mulqueen. "Hopefully, we can keep getting better each week."

Velez, who originally set a new Rutgers benchmark in the hammer at the outdoor season opening meet at the USF Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Florida, bettered his mark by .17m (6") at the Colonial Relays. He took first at a distance of 63.82m (209' 4"), a mark that places his name 11th in the East Region and 14th nationally.

On the track, the Scarlet Knights were led by Alexander Livernois with a first place result in the 3000m. Running in the university division, Livernois was the top finisher in a time of 8:59.74.

Upcoming Schedule

Princeton Invitational

4/11/15

Princeton Invitational

Princeton, N.J.

All Day

Women's Track

Bria Saunders in 200m and the 4x200m relay team were runner-ups and while ECAC qualifying marks were captured by Drew Andrews in the 100m hurdles and the 4x100m relay team to highlight the Rutgers women's outdoor track & field team's performance at the 50th running of the Colonial Relays.

The Scarlet Knights finished in eighth place with 51 points. Villanova won the 2015 Colonial Relays title with 148 points followed by Bucknell and UNC-Wilmington tied for second with 70 points.

Saunders finished in second place in the 200m, a mere .01 second off her personal best and .2 seconds behind the champion, with an ECAC qualifying time of 24.41.

Men's Golf

Upcoming Schedule

Redhawk Invitational

4/6-7/15

Redhawk Invitational

University Place, Wash.

All Day

Princeton Invitational

4/11-12/15

Princeton Invitational

Princeton, N.J.

All Day

Women's Golf

Rutgers women's golf placed 11th, out of 12 teams, with a 638 (322-316) at the two-round Pirate Invitational on Friday, April 3 at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. 

Junior Jacquelyn Mullens turned in the best finish for the Scarlet Knights as she shot a 157 (77-80) over the two days to place 22nd in a field of 70 golfers.

Freshman Emily Mills tied for 35th with a 160 (81-79), while classmate Tatum Jackson shaved six strokes off her first round score to finish tied for 39th with a 162 (84-78). Junior Christina Paulsen placed in a tie for 44th with a 164 (80-84), followed by Racquel Zurick who tied for 53rd with a 167 (88-79).

Upcoming Schedule

River Landing Classic

4/11-12/15

River Landing Classic

Wilmington, N.C.

All Day

Rowing

Upcoming Schedule

4/11/15

Minnesota/Wisconsin

Columbus, Ohio

All Day