Women¡¯s Gymnastics Places First In Quad Meet
University Park, Pa., Feb. 5, 2005 -- The 14th-ranked Penn State women¡¯s gymnastics team scored a 193.575 to defeat New Hampshire (192.275), Missouri (191.925) and Cornell (187.100) Saturday night at Rec Hall in front of 1,727 fans.
The Nittany Lions posted team scores of 48.625 on vault, 48.400 on bars, 47.525 on beam and 49.025 on floor.
Freshman Lindsay Borkan (Long Grove, Ill.) placed first in the all-around with a 38.775 while junior Meredith Hoover (Dublin, Ohio) claimed fourth place with a 38.325.
Penn State opened the evening on the vault, with sophomore Amie Olaes (Inverness, Ill.) recording a team-high and second-place 9.775. Borkan tied for fourth (9.750) while Hoover (9.725) and junior Lisa Clark (Philadelphia, Pa. 9.700) claimed seventh and eighth, respectively. Junior Jennifer Orlando (Herndon, Va.) scored a 9.675 to tie for 10th place and senior Kate Stopper (Reinholds, Pa.) posted a 9.625 for 13th place.
Borkan took home the title on the uneven bars with a 9.750 while Clark and Hoover tied for second with a 9.725. Junior Michelle Ilg (Colonia, N.J.) posted a 9.650 for eighth place, sophomore Corissa Pirkl (West Islip, N.Y.) scored a 9.550 for 13th and senior Cecile Allen (State College, Pa.) notched a 9.125 to tie for 20th.
Stopper claimed second place on the beam with a 9.750 and Pirkl placed third with a 9.675. Sophomore Genavieve Shingle (Langhorne, Pa.) scored a 9.550 for 10th and Borkan recorded a 9.475 for 12th while Hoover recorded a 9.075 for 19th and sophomore Ashley Mehrer (Midlothian, Va.) placed 21st with an 8.950.
Penn State recorded the top five scores on the floor as Clark claimed the crown with a season-high 9.900. Borkan and Hoover both tied for second with a 9.800 and Stopper placed fourth with a 9.775. Orlando scored a 9.750 for fifth and Mehrer rounded out the Nittany Lion competitors, scoring a 9.675 for eighth place.
Senior Kate Stopper (Reinholds, Pa.) earned the Ann Carr Award, given to the gymnast with the most inspirational performance of the meet.
The Nittany Lions head to West Virginia on Feb. 13 before returning home on Feb. 19 to take on George Washington in a meet that will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center.
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