Penn State Men's Gymnastics Defeats Temple at Home
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., February 16, 2002 - The third-ranked Penn State men's gymnastics team (11-0) added another win to their perfect record as they defeated Temple Saturday night by a score of 213.550 to 207.750.
Penn State scored a 36.600 on the floor, 35.350 on the pommel horse, 34.800 on rings and 35.850 on the high bar. In addition, the Lions are currently ranked ninth nationally on the vault and scored a season-high 36.650. They also scored a season-high 34.900 on the parallel bars, on which they are currently ranked third in the nation. Their total of 213.500 is their second-highest team score this season.
Junior and three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week Kevin Donahue (Saddle River, N.J.) finished first in the individual all-around competition with a career-high score of 54.250. He set season-high marks on vault (9.300), parallel bars (9.000) and also broke a career-high record on rings with a mark of 8.500. He was the top scorer in the meet on the floor, vault, parallel bars and high bar.
Senior captain Adam Benes (Latham, N.Y.) competed in the individual all-around, finishing with a season-high score of 51.150. He turned in his best performance of the season as he recorded season-high scores on five of the six events.
Junior Matt Abboud (Dayton, Maine) set a career-high of 9.350 on the pommel horse.
The Lions return to action next Saturday on the road as they take on Big Ten rival Ohio State at noon in Columbus, Ohio. They return to Rec Hall for their final meet of the season on Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. against Army. The meet is a double-dual with the Penn State women's gymnastics team, who take on West Virginia.