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University Park, Pa., Jan. 25, 2006 ¨C The seventh-ranked Penn State women¡¯s gymnastics team takes to the road for the first of its six regular-season away competitions, facing Big Ten foe Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6:00 p.m. CT in Minneapolis at the Sports Pavilion. Live scoring for the event can be found at www.GoPSUsports.com.
Penn State leads Minnesota, 12-3, in a series that began in 1991. The last meeting was a 196.125 to 195.375 Nittany Lion win at the Big Ten Championships on March 26, 2005. The last regular-season meeting was a 195.100 to 195.075 Penn State victory on Feb. 14, 2004, in State College. The last regular-season meeting in Minneapolis was a 195.775 to 195.475 Golden Gopher win on March 8, 2003.
Last Time Out
Penn State again finished second in as many meets last weekend, scoring a 194.400. Michigan claimed the team title with a 194.825 as West Virginia placed third with a 190.675 and Cornell came in fourth with a 181.175. The Nittany Lions posted team scores of 48.025 on vault, a 48.775 on bars, a 48.675 on beam and a 48.925 on floor. Senior Meredith Hoover was named the Ann Carr Award winner for the most inspirational performance of the meet, placing third in the all-around with a 28.750. Teammate senior Jen Orlando finished second in the all-around with a 38.850, including a first-place 9.850 on the floor exercise.
Next weekend Penn State remains on the road, traveling to Arkansas for a Feb. 4 meet with the Razorbacks. The Nittany Lions return home for their final contest at Rec Hall on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:00 p.m., against Rutgers, Nebraska and Yale. The meet will be Senior Night, honoring Lisa Clark, Meredith Hoover, Michelle Ilg and Jennifer Orlando.
For more information on the Penn State women¡¯s gymnastics team, please visit www.GoPSUsports.com.