No. 14 Women¡¯s Gymnastics Falls To No. 15 Arkansas, 194.850-193.600
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 13, 2007 ¨C The 14th-ranked Penn State women¡¯s gymnastics team fell to No. 15 Arkansas, 194.650-193.600, Saturday night at Rec Hall in front of 3,158 fans.
Penn State freshman Brandi Personett (Katy, Texas) was named the Ann Carr Award winner after claiming the all-around title (30.900) and earning the crown on beam (9.775). Senior Corissa Pirkl (West Islip, N.Y.) finished second in the all-around with a season-best 38.900 while also posting top honors on the floor with a career-high 9.875. Sophomore Katie Perret (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took home the uneven bars crown with a 9.875.
As a team, Penn State recorded scores of 48.675 on vault, 49.050 on bars, 48.450 on beam and 48.675 on floor. Arkansas posted team marks of 48.450 on vault, 48.925 on bars, 48.175 on beam and 48.050 on floor.
The Nittany Lions opened up the meet on vault as Perret and freshman Rosie Smith (Waterford, Pa.) took top honors for Penn State, each finishing with a third-place 9.750. Personett placed sixth with a career-best 9.700 as freshman Alexandra Brockway (Macungie, Pa.) tallied a seventh-place 9.675. Pirkl posted a 9.575, good for 10th, as senior Amie Olaes (Inverness, Ill.) tallied an 11th-place 9.400. Arkansas¡¯ Samantha Cortez and Michelle Stout each recorded a 9.800 to tie for first place. Nittany Lion freshman Allie Southard (Nanuet, N.Y.) competed in exhibition for Penn State, scoring a 9.600, while senior Ashley Mehrer (Midlothian, Va.) posted a 9.450 exhibition mark.
On bars, Perret top home top honors with a 9.875 as Pirkl placed fifth with a 9.800 and Brockway scored a 9.775 for seventh. Olaes, Personett and freshman Lindsey Montross (Roseville, Calif.) rounded out the Penn State line up with scores of 9.750, 9.725 and 9.350. Senior Stephanie Sullivan (Gaithersburg, Md.) scored a 9.600 in exhibition for the Nittany Lions.
Personett and Arkansas¡¯ Casey Jo Magee shared the beam crown with a score of 9.775 as Sullivan and freshman Casey Rohrbaugh (Spring Grove, Pa.) both recorded a 9.750 to tie for third. Pirkl posted a 9.650 for seventh as Perret and Mehrer placed 10th and 11th, respectively, with scores of 9.250 and 8.900. Montross scored an exhibition mark of 9.675 as Southard notched a 9.625 in exhibition.
Penn State rounded out the meet on floor, with Pirkl recorded a career-best 9.875 to tie for first with Arkansas¡¯ Emily Peacock. Personett claimed third place with a career-best 9.850 as Mehrer placed fourth with a season-high 9.825. Brockway tallied a 9.475 for ninth, Southard posted an 11th-place 9.025 and Rohrbaugh notched an 8.400 for 12th. Rosie Smith competed in exhibition for the Nittany Lions, scoring a 9.500.
Penn State remains at home, hosting No. 21 Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Rec Hall at 7:00 p.m.
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