Gymnastics Ventures to Rutgers for Quad Meet

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Kent State gymnastics team prepares to travel to New Jersey to take on Rutgers, Iowa, and Ursinus Friday night at 7 pm

About the Flashes
Coming off a meet Sunday in which they posted a score of 195,600, their highest of the season, the Golden Flashes are hungry for more. In that meet, in which they faced off with George Washington, Eastern Michigan, and LIU, Kent State saw multiple gymnasts show up big time. One such athlete is junior Rachel DeCavitch, who put up her best all-around score of the season at 39.125. This came in part due to her scoring a 9,875 on bars, her highest score on that event of the season. That also tied her for second place in the meet for the event. Senior Madison Iannuzzo also posted her highest mark of the campaign on bars at 9,775.

The Flashes posted a 49,075 on bars as a team, an identical mark to what they got on floor. Freshman Alyssa Guns tied for first place on floor with a 9,875, her second week in a row coming in first on the event. Guns also registered the Flashes’ highest score on vault at 9,875.

Kent State currently holds an NQS of 195,331 and is ranked 29th in the country (second in the MAC behind Western Michigan).

About the Opposition
Rutgers, the team hosting this quad meet, is an opponent that Kent State is familiar with, having just faced off with them at home January 28. The Flashes got the best of them in that one, 195.550-195.175. Since that meet, the Scarlet Knights have gone on to post a 195,750 against Ohio State January 30, before registering a 195,675 against Michigan and Alaska on Friday. Rutgers will be relying on Belle Huang to propel them to victory, as the grad student from Gaithersburg, Maryland is averaging 9,917 on floor and 9,792 on beam.

Iowa comes into the meet ranked 17th in the nation. The Hawkeyes, of the Big 10, currently possess an NQS of 196,242 and a high of 196,825. That came on January 29, when Iowa defeated Nebraska. Through that meet, Iowa’s season high team scores were as follows: 49.250 on vault, 49.175 on bars, 48.975 on beam, and 49.425 on floor (all of those scores came in the Nebraska meet). Junior JerQuavia Henderson is a name to watch out for, as she has high scores of 9.925 on vault, 9.800 on bars, 9.850 on beam, 9.975 on floor, and 39.475 for all-around.

Ursinus enters the meet following their worst performance of the year Sunday, when the Grizzly Bears posted a mere 171,926 in a tri-meet with Springfield and Ithaca. Ursinus, of the NCGA East, possesses an NQS of 179,358 and is ranked 80th out of 81 schools in the country. Their season high score is 185,825.

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