It has been an historic season for Rutgers gymnastics as third year head coach Umme Salim-Beasley continues to lead the program to new heights.
After winning Session I of the Big Ten Championships a week and a half ago in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Scarlet Knights finished the event with a program best score of 195.675. It was the eighth highest score in program history and fifth highest ever on the road.
The Scarlet Knights claimed fifth place overall at the Big Ten Championships, which was the program’s best ever showing since joining the conference in 2014. Rutgers finished ahead of Maryland, Penn State, Nebraska and Ohio State.
It capped a season in which RU produced three of the top ten team scores in program history. That includes the highest ever road score at Minnesota last month.
With the team season complete, two standout gymnasts for Rutgers are set to compete in the NCAA Regionals this coming weekend.
The Scarlet Knights will feature sophomore Hannah Joyner and senior Belle Huang, who finished third and fourth respectively in the all-around at the Big Ten Championships. Both were named to the Big Ten All-Championship Team after previously earning First Team All-Big Ten honors this season.
Now the pair head to West Virginia University to compete in the all-around in the NCAA Morgantown Regional set for April 1-3.
This will be Huang’s third NCAA Regional and second as an all-arounder. Her all-around score of 39.350 at the Big Ten Championships was a career high. She is the team leader on floor and her career best of 9.925 is top ten all-time in program history.
Joyner will compete in the NCAA Regionals for the first time and has career bests in the vault, bars, beam and floor of 9.9 or greater, becoming the first in program history to ever accomplish that feat. She is also the career leader with 15 total marks of 9.9 or higher throughout all events.