No. 2 Men's Gymnastics to Host Final Home Meet
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 13, 2003 - The No. 2-ranked Penn State men's gymnastics team will be hosting its final meet of the regular when 10th-ranked Army visits Rec Hall on Sat., Mar. 15 at 7 p.m. Four Nittany Lions will also be competing in Rec Hall for the last time in their careers.
Seniors Matt Abboud (Dayton, Maine), Kevin Donohue (Saddle River, N.J.), Jay Kim (Burke, Va.) and captain Jose Palacios (Gijon, Spain) will be competing in their final home meet of their careers at Penn State and will be honored at the finale of the meet.
This meet represents the team's final regular season competition before heading out to the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio, Mar. 28-29. The Lions were supposed to host the Spanish National team on Mar. 22, but the meet was cancelled.
Ranked no lower than second in the nation all season, the Lions are looking to post a prefect season, having not lost to one opponent all year. The Nittany Lions have not had a perfect season since going 12-0 in 1987 under head coach Karl Schier. PSU has never had an undefeated regular season under current head coach Randy Jepson.
Penn State is led by Donohue who is the second-ranked all-arounder in the nation and is No. 1 on high bar. Freshman Luis Vargas (San Piedras, P.R.) is ranked fourth in the all-around while Palacios in ninth.
Junior Kevin Tan (Fremont, Calif.) is also looking for a perfect season. He has not been defeated on rings this year and is the top ringsman in the country, earning a No. 1 ranking on the apparatus this week for the first time all season. He was ranked second previous to this week.
The Lions have already faced the Black Knights. Penn State won its sixth-consecutive West Point Open title to open the 2003 campaign and host Army placed third.