Vargas Takes High Bar, Parallel Bars Titles at West Point Open
WEST POINT, N.Y.; January 29, 2005- Junior Luis Vargas (Rio Pedros, P.R.) captured two West Point Open titles and freshman Derek Helsby (Orlando, Fla.) took home the pommel horse crown, while senior Steve Tobin (Cherry Hill, N.J.) finished in the top 3 in three events to lead the Lions in the event finals Saturday night. In opening night action Friday, Penn State won its eighth-straight team title at the open.
Vargas set a new career-high on the high bar when he nailed a 9.750 on the apparatus to take first place. The defending NCAA all-around champion, Vargas was joined by freshman Tommy Ramos (Guaynabo, P.R.) on the winner's platform after he tallied a 9.450 to take third on the high bar. Vargas scored a 9.200 to win the parallel bars title and was followed by Tobin, who posted a 9.100 to finish as the runner-up.
Tobin also earned the runner-up spot on the vault, finishing with a 9.400. He rounded-out his trips to the winner's podium with a third-place finish on the floor exercise with a 9.250.
Helsby was the Lions' only winner on the night beyond Vargas' two titles, taking the pommel horse crown with a career-high 9.625. Penn State alumni Kevin Tan finished first on the still rings with a 9.825 at the competition.
Penn State travels to the Winter Cup this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, in Las Vegas, Nev.