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Rutgers Gymnastics heads to Philly this weekend

Temple hosts quad meet also featuring Lindenwood and EMU.

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Rutgers gymnasts compete in busiest stretch of the year.
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Rutgers Gymnastics continues their season in Philadelphia this weekend, but before that, let’s review a lot that happened recently.

Rutgers stayed busy, with two meets near the Mason-Dixon line. The Scarlet Knights faced off with Towson and George Washington twice each this past weekend. Friday brought all three squads to Towson and the Maryland Terrapins joined the party Sunday in D.C.

Friday night the Scarlet Knights limped to their worst team performance since the second meet of the year as the team continues to miss Libby Groden. The team’s focus in preparation on the floor exercise paid off though as they narrowly missed their best score of the season in that event. Four marks of 9.800 (Jenna Rizkalla, Belle Huang, Makenzey Shank, and Toni Williams) plus Hannah Prieto’s career high added up to a score that tied for the 11th best in team history.

Sunday was similar unfortunately as even the competitive fire brought about by seeing a Terrapin added to the mix could not vault the Knights to a better finish. The team was unable to replicate Friday’s success on the floor exercise, but returned to their normal perch atop the balance beam leaderboard. Erin McLachlan posted a career-high 9.875 edging Belle Huang (9.825) Makenzey Shank (9.800) and Michelle Amoresano (9.700).

Amoresano also had a career high on bars and discusses in the clip below:

Up Next: Rutgers travels to Philadelphia, PA to take on Temple, Eastern Michigan, and Lindenwood.

Then on March 17, four Big Ten teams join RU at the RAC (Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Penn State).