Joyner places third on balance beam and all-around at Big Five Meet


TOLEDO, OHIO- Rutgers Gymnastics participated in Saturday night’s Big Five Meet held at Elevate the Stage in Toledo. The Scarlet Knights posted their highest team total at a Big Five Meet with a 195.475, led by junior Hannah Joyner with a third place on beam and all-around.

The encounter also featured No. 14 Michigan State, No. 6 Minnesota, Nebraska and Penn State, marking the weekend’s second Big Five meeting. The results of the Big Five Meets on Friday and Saturday will determine the standings for the Big Ten Championships in March.

Joyner earned a third-place finish on beam with a score of 9.900, hitting the mark for the fifth time this season. The school record holder for the event has achieved a beam score of 9.9 or more 18 times in her career, the most of any Scarlet Knight gymnast.

The Waldorf, Maryland native also finished third in the all-around, recording a 39.250. Joyner, the first in school history to eclipse a 9.9 on all four tests, holds the most scores of 9.9 or higher with a career total of 23.

The Scarlet Knights put up a solid outing on the floor, posting a team total of 49.175 for their best event of the night. Senior Beautiful Huangsecond Emily Wood, and Joyner all recorded a score of 9.875 to lead RU. Second year Calah Newman and Avery Balser added grades of 9,775, while freshman Anna Pagliaro posted a 9.725.

TO JUMP: Beautiful Huang9,800
BARS: Avery Balser9.825
BEAM: Hannah Joyner9.900 – Third place
GROUND: Beautiful Huang, Hannah Joyner & Emily Wood9.875
ALL AROUND: Hannah Joyner39.250 – Third Place & Calah Newman38.975 – Fourth place

Rutgers travel to Illinois for a Big Ten game on Friday, Feb. 25.

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