No. 4 Men's Gymnastics Earns Three Individual Titles
Jan. 18, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The No. 4 Penn State men's gymnastics team closed out the final day of competition at the 2014 West Point Open with three individual titles, as juniors Ismael Sanabria (Caguas, Puerto Rico), Matt Felleman (Medway, Mass.) and Tristan Duverglas (West Orange, N.J.) all recorded a trio of top performances.
On Friday, the Nittany Lions captured their 15th consecutive West Point Open team title, outscoring Army, Navy, Springfield College, Temple and William & Mary with a total team score of 428.100.
"We had some individual champions tonight which was nice, but we still have a lot of work to do," head coach Randy Jepson said. "Looking at the teams across the country, we'll need to get better in order to be competitive with those teams," Jepson added.
Improving upon his day one score, Sanabria secured his first title of the season in the floor exercise with a season-high score of 15.100, which is a career high mark. Felleman also increased his score from the first day of competition, swinging to a 14.950 on the high bar to claim the title. Felleman notched his second top five finish of the night with a third-place finish on the vault (14.550). Duverglas recorded a season-high performance on the vault, winning his first individual title of the season by a score of 15.200.
Competing in two events, sophomore Alexis Torres (Catano, Puerto Rico) finished third on the rings (15.200), while also tying for fourth in the floor exercise with a score of 14.200. Redshirt freshman Leroy Clarke (Maplewood, N.J.) also posted a pair of top five performances, finishing third on the parallel bars (14.200) and fifth on the high bar (13.800).
Sophomore Trevor Howard (Columbus, Ohio), who finished third on the rings on the first day of competition, concluded the weekend with a second-place finish on the rings (15.250), while senior Preston Gall (Columbus, Ohio) also finished within the top five on the parallel bars with a score of 13.900, which was good for fourth place. Next up, Penn State will travel to Annapolis to compete in the Navy Open Saturday, Jan. 25th.
The Nittany Lions return to action Saturday, Jan. 25th, traveling to compete in the Navy Open in Annapolis, Md. The Nittany Lions will begin competition at 1 p.m. in Macdonough Hall.