No. 5 Penn State to Host No. 14 William & Mary (Meet Notes)
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NO. 5 PENN STATE TO HOST NO. 14 WILLIAM & MARY ON FEB. 28 AT 3 P.M. AT REC HALL.
WHO'S GOT NEXT?: Penn State will travel to Stanford on March 6, at 7 p.m. PSU will host No. 11 Army in a double dual meet with the women's team at 7:00 p.m. in Rec Hall. The meet will be senior night for both the men and women. Earlier this season, Penn State defeated Army at the West Point Open 214.625-208.700.
PSU NO. 5 IN NATION: Penn State sits at No. 5 in the nation coming into this weekend's meet. Showing the way all season is senior Kevin Tan (Fremont, Calif.), who is ranked No. 1 in the nation on the still rings (9.796) and No. 4 on the parallel bars (9.004). Fellow Nittany Lion Zach Roeder (Montrose, Pa.) is ranked No. 3 on the pommel horse with an average of 9.375. Tan is also ranked seventh in the all-around with a 53.529.
THE SERIES: Penn State leads William & Mary 7-0.
LAST TIME OUT: The fifth-ranked Penn State men's gymnastics team defeated fourth-ranked Ohio State, 218.800 to 218.750, February 21, in Columbus, Ohio. The Nittany Lions posted scores of 36.050 on the floor, 35.000 on the horse, 37.200 on the rings, a season-high 37.500 on the vault, 36.050 on the parallel bars and a season-high 37.000 on the high bar. Ohio State recorded scores of 36.900 on the floor, 35.750 on the horse, 36.100 on the rings, 37.000 on the vault, 36.100 on the parallel bars and 36.900 on the high bar. Sophomore Chad Buczek (Bridgewater, Mass.) placed second in the all-around with a career-high score of 54.250. Buczek also claimed the individual parallel bars title with a career-high 9.300. Senior Kevin Tan claimed the individual rings title with a 9.750 and placed first on the high bar with a 9.550. Fellow senior Zach Roeder notched a 9.550 to earn top honors on the horse and a season-high 9.450 to take home the vault crown.
VARGAS TO COMPETE IN AMERICAN CUP: Sophomore Luis Vargas (Rio Piedros, Puerto Rico) will compete in this weekends VISA American Cup. Vargas, who will be one of eight competitors, will take center stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A portion of the competition will air live on NBC starting at 4 p.m. on February 28th.
BUCZEK HONORED AS CO-BIG TEN GYMNASTS OF THE WEEK: Chad Buczek shares Conference weekly accolades after placing among the top three in four of six events to lead the fifth-ranked Nittany Lions to an upset of No. 4 Ohio State. The PSU sophomore tied for first on the parallel bars with a career-high score of 9.300 and also tallied career-bests to place second in the all-around (54.250) and seventh on the high bar (9.050). In addition, he finished second on the still rings (9.550) and floor exercise (9.350) and tied for third on the vault (9.350). Buczek collects his first weekly Big Ten honor and is the second Nittany Lion to be chosen in the last three weeks along with teammate Kevin Tan (February 11).
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 37.065 average. The Lions are also third on the pommel horse (35.880), fourth on the vault (36.690), and fifth on the parallel bars (34.775).