No. 5 Penn State Men's Gymnastics Travels to Winter Cup (Meet Notes)
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No. 5 Penn State Travels to Winter Cup: The Nittany Lions travel to the 2004 Winter Cup Challenge at Las Vegas, Nev., for a National Team qualifying event. The competition will host approximately 84 athletes in two sessions. Penn State athletes will compete in both divisions.
Who's Got Next?: Penn State will host Temple on Feb. 14 in a double dual meet with the women's team starting at 7 p.m.
On The Air: The meet on Feb. 14 will be broadcast live on WPSX-TV. Stay tuned for availability on other networks and a web address to watch live and access an archive of the broadcast if you can't tune in.
PSU No. 5 in the Nation: Penn State sits at No. 5 in the nation coming into this weekend's meet. Penn State has been led by senior Kevin Tan (Fremont, Calif.), who is ranked No. 1 in the nation on the still rings and No. 4 on the parallel bars. Fellow Nittany Lion Zach Roeder (Montrose, Pa.) is ranked No. 5 on the pommel horse with an average of 9.250.
Just the Facts: No. 5 Penn State captured its seventh-straight West Point Open with a team score of 214.625. The Lions were paced by first-place showings from Kevin Tan on the rings with a 9.725 and Chad Buzcek (Bridgewater, Mass.) on floor, who took first with a 9.400. Penn State won three events outright, the floor exercise, pommel horse, and rings, and tied for first on the vault. The Lions finished no lower than the runner-up spot on any apparatus, taking second in both parallel bars and on high bar. With Penn State's total score of 214.625, No. 7 Nebraska finished second by almost four points in the team competition with a 210.900. Host school No. 11 Army was third with a 208.700.
Last Time Out: Just a night after the No. 2 Penn State men's gymnastics team took home its seventh-straight West Point Open title with a 214.625, three Lions were crowned as individual champions at the meet. The No. 1 ring man in the country, Lion Kevin Tan had to settle for a first-place tie on the apparatus with the nation's No. 2 ringman, Army's Brian Lee. Both scored 9.825s en route to a shared title. Senior Zach Roeder and junior Nat Eng (Cohoes, N.Y.) finished one-two on the pommel horse, posting scores of 9.600 and 9.400, respectively. Roeder also took home the floor exercise title with a 9.250.
Sophomore Luis Vargas' (Rio Piedros, P.R.) 9.600 on the high bar was good enough to tie Nebraska's Mark Patterson for first on the apparatus. With all age divisions competing, former Lion Kevin Donohue also took home a second-place finish and a pair of third-place finishes. Donohue earned second on the parallel bars and third on the vault and floor exercise.
TEAM SCORE FLOOR POMMEL RINGS VAULT P BARS H BARS 1. PENN STATE 214.625 35.700 36.400 36.525 37.200 33.850 34.950 2. Nebraska 210.900 35.350 35.050 35.700 36.650 33.150 35.000 3. Army 208.700 34.850 34.150 35.400 36.350 34.050 33.900
Nittany Lion Team Tops on Still Rings: Ranked fifth in the nation, Penn State leads the country on the still rings as a team with a 37.012 average. The Lions are also fourth on the vault with a 36.625 average.