Rutgers gymnastics was in Philadelphia this past weekend and battled shorthanded for a tough finish. Hopefully the team regroups quickly because the biggest meet of the season up to this point is at the RAC Saturday. Rutgers hosts No. 7 Michigan, No. 22 Minnesota, No. 25 Penn State, and Iowa at approximately 5:30 pm. The rest of the conference squads are at Michigan State.
The top three marks will be placed in the night session and the lower two taking part in the earlier portion at the 2018 Big Ten Championships next weekend in Illinois. Rutgers will open Saturday with a bye before taking to the apparatus in the following order: floor exercise, vault, uneven bars, and balance beam.
Last week at Temple Belle Huang and junior Jenna Rizkalla scored a 9.875 to tie for second in on the floor exercise. Sophia Atienza had the team high on vault with 9.800. Shannon Farrell led the team with a 9.825 on uneven bars.
Huang finished 2nd in the all-around. Libby Groden returned, but it’s uncertain if she will be ready for the all-around at the Big Ten championships next weekend. We’ll know more after the meet this week. Groden did lead the balance beam group with a 9.850 to match her career high.
Come see the seniors in their last home meet or else you better make it to Champaign, Illinois net week for the Big Ten championships!