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Rutgers honors retiring head coach, picks up win.

by David F.P. [My contribution to Gymnastike video coverage.] [Modest image gallery.]

PISCATAWAY, NJ-Chrystal Chollet-Norton closed out her last home meet as head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with a win before a full house at Livingston Gym this Saturday. She is closing out a 25 year career which was documented by speakers and a comprehensive video following the meet.

Rutgers once again posted a 3rd highest score of team history with a 194.350, Cornell scored a 191.550, SCSU had a 187.825, Yale a 186, and West Chester a 181.325.

On the Vault, a trio of Rutgers Gymnasts took the top 3 spots with Luisa Leal’s 9.850, Alexis Gunzelman’s 9.750, and Alyssa Straub’s 9.725

Over on the Uneven Bars, Leal and Gunzelman’s 9.825 placed 1st, teammate Danielle D’Elia had a 9.775 and Sunny Gerlach, Melanie Jorgensen of Cornell, and Justine Basley of SCSU had the 3rd highest scores of 9.700.

Melanie Standridge of Cornell took the beam with her 9.8. Emma-Rose Trentacosti and Jenna Zito of RU and Danielle Scott of Cornell had 9.750s. Leal’s 9.725 was the third highest score of the afternoon.

Leal had a 9.9 on the Floor, D’Elia’s 9.875 was 2nd, and Banfield added a 9.775 for the 3rd highest score. All six Rutgers gymnasts scored in the top 5.

In the All Around Leal posted a 39.3, Gunzelman a 38.9, and Zito a 38.650.