Field Set for 2007 National Collegiate Men¡¯s Gymnastics Championships
Competition at the 2007 championships begins on Thurs., April 12 with two qualifying sessions, scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m. Army, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, and Stanford will comprise the Session I field while Penn State, along with California, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Temple, will compete in Session II.
The top three teams from each qualifier will then advance to contend for the national championship at 7 p.m. on Fri., April 13. The individual all-around champion will also be crowned that evening. The following evening, on Sat., April 14, the individual event finals will be held at 7 p.m., with six national titles and All-American honors at stake.
Penn State will be hosting its first National Collegiate Men¡¯s Gymnastics Championships since 1998, when the event was held in the Bryce Jordan Center. The 2007 meet will mark the overall seventh time Penn State has hosted and the sixth time Rec Hall has housed the NCAA Men¡¯s Gymnastics Championships. Penn State previously hosted the championship event in Rec Hall in 1960, 1966, 1974, 1983, and 1991, winning its sixth national title on its home floor in 1960.
Under the guidance of 16-year head coach Randy Jepson, Penn State will be seeking the program¡¯s NCAA-record 12th team title. Led by senior captain and Nissen-Emery Award finalist Matt Cohen (Agoura Hills, Calif.), the Nittany Lions appear to be in prime position to accomplish that feat in 2007. Junior Tommy Ramos (Guaynabo, P.R.) and sophomore Casey Sandy (Brampton, Ont.) will also be key to those title aspirations. Ramos is the No. 1-ranked still rings performer in the nation and will be a factor on the parallel bars and high bar. Sandy has made a triumphant return from last year¡¯s arm injury, developing into the nation¡¯s top-ranked pommel horse competitor and a serious threat to take the all-around crown. Junior Derek Helsby (Orlando, Fla.), a four-time All-American in 2006, is ranked nationally in four events while classmate Santiago Lopez (Cibola del Mar, Mex.) will be crucial in the floor exercise and vault.
Tickets are $28.00 for all-session adult passes and $16.00 for youth, senior citizen and student all-session passes. Single day passes for the Thurs., April 12 session are $8.00 (adult) and $5.00 (student/youth/senior citizen) while single day passes for the Fri., April 13 and Sat., April 14 sessions are $12.00 (adult) and $6.00 (student/youth/senior citizen). Single session tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Mon., April 9.
Groups of 10 or more of any age will be eligible for a single session discount of $3.00. All tickets orders will carry a $2.00 handling fee. Tickets can be purchased at the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office or by calling 1-814-865-5555 or 1-800-833-5533. Also, ticket applications can be found online at www.GoPSUsports.com.