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RU Gymnastics Tumbled Their Way to Regionals

by Brielle Buis | Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014

via Rutgers Athletics

via Rutgers Athletics

The Rutgers Women’s Gymnastics team tumbled their way into school history by qualifying for the NCAA Regionals as a team.

The Scarlet Knights will head down to Athens, GA for the meet on April 5.  No. 32 Rutgers will complete against No. 6 Georgia, NO.7 Michigan, No. 18 Central Michigan, No. 22 Ohio State, and No. 28 North Carolina State.

The team feels that their team as a whole is something special this year, and that all of the hard work and dedication has finally paid off and is showing in their scores.   Top individual and team scores recorded this season speak for themselves.

This season Rutgers has recorded six of its top ten meet scores in program history.  The top scores in the school’s history are as followed:

196.225 – March 8, 2014
195.975 – March 2, 2013
195.825 – March 1, 2014*
195.500 – March 8, 2013*
195.400 – Feb. 26, 2000
195.275 – March 22, 2014*
195.275 – Jan. 19, 2014*
195.250 – Jan. 17, 2014*
195.125 – March 1, 2000
195.075 – Jan. 11, 2014
195.050 – Feb. 17, 2013*
195.000 – Feb. 2, 2013

These top scores is what propelled the Scarlet Knights into receiving a regional spot.

With regionals a week away, the team is doing everything they can in order to prepare to face some of their toughest competition all year.

“Preparing for regionals is all about resting our bodies and focusing on the minor details. That’s the only thing setting us apart from the top teams in the country,” said junior Emma Hoffman.

The team is eager to go down to Georgia and perform at the highest level in order to prove to everyone that all of the hard work they have been putting in all season is paying off.

Competing against a large number of SEC teams will be a challenge.  This pressure is only added to by the crowd that is said to show up at the competition.

“GA always has a huge crowd,” said Hoffman.   “It’s going be a great experience to compete in a SEC school environment with all the fans.”

The team will head down to Georgia in the coming week, the top two scoring teams from the region will then move on to the NCAA Nationals in Birmingham, Ala, April 18-20.

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