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Scrumming With the Best
The women’s rugby club team at Rutgers University–New Brunswick competed for the first time in the USA College Rugby Big Ten Conference, going 3-3 against division rivals Penn State, the University of Michigan, and Ohio State while finishing second in the East Division. The team then appeared in 2016 USA Rugby Women’s Division I Fall Championship, beating Michigan State before losing in the quarterfinals to the University of Minnesota. Along the way, the coaches in the conference selected Tashai Hodges, left, as the Forward of the Year.
On the biggest of stages, the 10th-ranked Rutgers wrestling team beat Princeton, 19–16, in front of the second-largest crowd in NCAA dual history—more than 16,000 spectators—on November 19 at High Point Solutions Stadium in what was billed as the Battle at the Birthplace. The Scarlet Knights victory was the 21st straight win in the series, which began in 1993. “It was an awesome atmosphere,” said head coach Scott Goodale.
Who needs to witness death-defying trapeze acts when you can watch the best gymnasts in the nation perform at Rutgers? On March 18, top athletes from the Big Ten will tumble and vault and dance during competition at the Rutgers Athletic Center when Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts the 2017 Big Ten Gymnastics Championships. “I can’t wait to have such a prestigious event on our campus and for fans to experience a competition with so much great gymnastics in one place,” says head coach Louis Levine. For more information and a schedule of events, visit scarletknights.com.