No. 10 Women's Gymnastics Team Takes Second Place in Quad Meet
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., January 21, 2006 - The No. 10 Nittany Lion women's gymnastics team took second in the quad meet held Saturday night at Rec Hall, scoring a 194.400. Senior Jennifer Orlando (Herndon, Va.) led the Lions with a 38.850, taking second place in the all-around competition. Orlando and teammate Aslynn Saterfield (Boalsburg, Pa.) also tied for first place honors in the floor exercise competition. Senior Meredith Hoover (Dublin, Ohio) received the Ann Carr Award, given to the gymnast whose routine is deemed most inspirational at each home meet.
Following the first rotation, Michigan led the field of four with a 48.550 floor exercise and overall score. Penn State was a close second after vault competition with a score of 48.025. Senior Michelle Ilg (Colonia, N.J.) led the Nittany Lions, posting a 9.725 on the vault.
The Wolverines held their lead through vault competition in the second rotation, posting a vault score of 48.500 to boost their overall score to 97.050. Penn State remained in second place with an overall score of 96.800 following uneven bar competition. The Nittany Lions posted a season-best bar score of 48.775, as Katie Perret (Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted a 9.825 team-high for the event. In addition, three Lions recorded scores of 9.750 or better.
West Virginia posted an overall score of 95.100 after balance beam and floor competition, going into the third rotation in third place. Cornell's overall score after bar and beam competition was 88.975.
Going into the fourth and final rotation, Michigan held their lead over the Nittany Lions after posting a balance beam score of 48.550, putting the Wolverines' total score at 146.125. Penn State posted a beam score of 48.675 in the third rotation, to remain in second place with an overall score of 145.475. Stephanie Sullivan (Gaithersburg, Md.) posted a team-high 9.800 for the event.
The final rotation saw the Wolverines continue to hold first place, as Penn State's Saterfield and Orlando each posted a floor score of 9.800. Penn State posted a season-best 48.925 on the floor.
Michigan's Lindsey Bruck won the all-around competition with an overall score of 39.175, winning the vault with a score of 9.750 over Penn State's Ilg (9.725). Bruck also took home first place honors in balance beam competition, with a score of 9.900. Lauren Mirkovich, also of Michigan, tallied a score of 9.900 to win the uneven bar competition.
The Nittany Lions will be back in action Saturday, January 28 when they travel to Minnesota to face the Gophers at 6 p.m. Penn State will return to Rec Hall for their final home meet Friday, February 10 as they host Rutgers, Nebraska and Yale on Senior Night at 7 p.m.
TEAM RESULTS 1. Michigan (194.825) 2. Penn State (194.400) 3. West Virginia (190.675) 4. Cornell (181.175)