As mentioned in the mid season review, Rutgers will host the Big Ten gymnastics championships at the RAC this weekend.
The second half of the season saw the Knights as a team struggle in league meets, finishing tied with Maryland and Michigan State for 7th in the B1G. Overall the team finished 10-15 with Knights balance beam group owning the highest ranking at No. 42 with a 48.710 RQS., but RU’s floor exercise contingent leads the team in RQS at 48.865.
A strong team result on the shoulders of solid individual efforts will build some great momentum going into the offseason.
Rutgers individually was led by second team All-Big Ten performer Libby Groden who edged Michelle Amoresano and Chloe DeVries in both average All-Around score and highest All-Around in a single meet this season.
2016-2017 individual bests by event:
Vault: RQS: Amoresano 9.765, Best day: Amoresano 9.875 (Mar 3)
Beam: RQS: Shank 9.840, Best day: Claire Jones 9.990 (Feb. 24)
Floor: Jenna Rizkalla 9.825 RQS, Best day: Jones 9.990 (Feb. 24)
The event is broken into two sessions (more information on rotation order, etc can be found here). The first begins at noon with Rutgers, Maryland, Michigan State and Minnesota. The second at 5 pm features Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State. Defending champion Michigan is the favorite, as they tied for first place in the regular season with Nebraska (both 8-1 in the B1G).
So if you are in the area, stop by. (Ticket information here) For most of our readers, the venue is a little closer than last year’s event held at Nebraska. You’ll even get to show the rest of the conference some New Jersey grub, too!