Penn State Men¡¯s Gymnastics Defeats Army, 221.525 to 210.575
University Park, Pa., March 15, 2003 The Penn State men¡¯s gymnastics team defeated Army, 221.525 to 210.575, as the Nittany Lions captured every individual and team event title.
Senior Kevin Donohue (Saddle River, N.J.) ran away with the all-around title, scoring a 55.375 while freshman Luis Vargas (Rio Piedros, Puerto Rico) captured second with a 55.150. Army junior Nate Whitten placed third in the all-around (51.500) with teammate Dustin Greenhill taking fourth (51.275).
As a team, Penn State recorded scores of 36.500 on the floor, 37.525 on the pommel horse, 37.300 on the rings, 36.800 on the vault, 36.250 on the parallel bars and 37.150 on the high bar. In comparison, the Black Knights posted marks of 35.650 on the floor, 34.750 on the pommel horse, 35.925 on the rings, 36.125 on the vault, 34.150 on the parallel bars and 33.975 on the high bar.
Senior Jose Palacios (Gijon, Spain) posted a 9.400 on the floor to lead the Nittany Lions to a team score of 36.500 in the event. Donohue and Army¡¯s John Robella both scored a 9.150 for second place. Sophomore Steve Tobin (Cherry Hill, N.J.) recorded a 9.050 while Vargas posted an 8.900.
Junior Kevin Tan (Freemont, Calif.) captured the pommel horse title, posting a meet-best 9.500. Donohue fell just .025 shy of Tan¡¯s mark, recording a 9.475 while Vargas scored a 9.450 to place third. Palacios and senior Matt Abboud (Dayton, Maine) recorded a 9.200 and 9.100, respectively.
Tan scored a meet-high 9.700 on the rings to take home that title while five other Nittany Lions scored above a 9.000. Freshman Chad Buczek (Bridgewater, Mass.) recorded a 9.300 and sophomore Kyle Fernandez (Stratford, Conn.) scored a 9.200. Both Vargas and Tobin tallied marks of 9.100 with Palacios posting a 9.000 and Donohue recording an 8.900. Army¡¯s Brian Lee scored a 9.525 to place second in the event.
On the vault, Donohue recorded a high score of 9.550 with Abboud and senior Jay Kim (Burke, Va.) posting marks of 9.200 and 9.050, respectively. Army¡¯s John Robella scored a 9.300 to take second place.
Palacios posted a 9.350 to take home the parallel bars title with Vargas placing second (9.200) and Tan placing third (9.000). Donohue, Abboud and sophomore Jerker Taudien (Eskilstuna, Sweden) posted scores of 8.700, 8.500 and 8.250, respectively.
Donohue captured the high bar title, scoring a 9.600. Vargas and Tan placed second and third, posting marks of 9.400 and 9.150, respectively.
Due to the cancellation of the meet against Spain on Saturday, March 22 at Penn State, the Nittany Lions¡¯ next competition will be at the Big Ten Championships, held Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.