No. 15 Lions Set School Record with 20th Regular Season Win
March 15, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 15, 2014 -Heading into their Big Ten quad meet at Michigan, the No. 15 Penn State women's gymnastics squad knew they would have to upset someone to earn a spot in the evening session of next weekend's Big Ten Championship. A steady performance from the Nittany Lions helped them finish second in the meet behind No. 13 Minnesota and in front of No. 8 Michigan and Iowa with a team score of 196.475 to accomplish that goal.
"It was a very exciting meet and we are very proud of the way the girls competed," said head coach Jeff Thompson. "We came out and stuck all six of our balance beam routines and sat in first place after the first rotation. We did what we needed to do on the floor exercise, but didn't really stick anything on the vault and we entered the last rotation just behind Minnesota.
"We knew Michigan had counted a couple of falls on beam, so we knew we needed to hit all of our uneven bar routines [to finish second in the meet]. We did well on the uneven bars, but Minnesota was able to pull away a little bit and we were just shy of winning our first Big Ten regular season championship. However, we accomplished two of our goals today: earning a spot in the evening session of the Big Ten Championships and posting the first 20-win season in school history."
A pair of top-five finishes helped junior Krystal Welsh (Bowie, Md.) equal Stauder's effort in the all-around at 39.275 and tie her second best all-around score of the season. She notched a 9.875 to tie for fifth on the uneven bars and scored 9.825 on the vault to finish in a four-way tie for fifth. Her 9.850 was good enough for a sixth place finish on the floor exercise and she also scored 9.725 on the balance beam.
On the floor exercise, senior Lindsay Musgrove (League City, Texas) tied for sixth with a 9.850 and freshman Emma Sibson (Allen, Texas) finished her regular season with a 9.825 on the vault to finish tied for fifth on the event.
Penn State will begin the postseason on their home floor, hosting the 2014 Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships on March 22. The Nittany Lions will join Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska in the 5 p.m. session of the championships, while Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State will all compete at Noon inside Rec Hall. Both sessions will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
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