Penn State Gymnastics Hosts Minnesota, Temple
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The meet will be televised live on WPSX-TV in the State College area with College Sports Television picking up the broadcast at a date and time to be determined. The meet will also be available for viewing on the internet at www.GoPSUsports.com.
The Nittany Lion women are 10-3 against the Golden Gophers. The last meeting was at last season¡¯s Big Ten Championships hosted by the University of Illinois where the Nittany Lions defeated Minnesota, 196.650 to 195.425 on March 29. The last regular-season meeting was on March 8, 2003 in Minneapolis where the Nittany Lions fell, 195.475 to 195.775.
Penn State claimed third place at the State Farm Cat Classic hosted by the University of Missouri last weekend. The Nittany Lions posted a team score of 195.575 while the host Tigers (197.350) grabbed the top spot, Brigham Young (196.125) placed second and Kentucky (194.125) finished fourth. As a team, Penn State scored a season-high 49.075 on the vault, a 48.400 on the bars, a 49.125 on the beam and a 48.975 on the floor.
Individually, junior Lisa Clark (Pittsburgh, Pa.) posted a career-high 9.875 on the bars during the individual event competition on Saturday while junior Kate Stopper (Reinholds, Pa.) posted a career-best 9.950 on the floor during the team competition on Friday. Sophomore Jennifer Orlando (Herndon, Va.) recorded career-highs on the bars (9.725) and beam (9.800) while competing in the all-around (38.975) for the first time in her collegiate career. Freshman Gena Shingle (Langhorne, Pa.) also recorded career marks, posting a 9.850 on the vault and a 9.850 on the beam.
During the individual event finals on the second day of the meet where the top 10 individuals from the night before competed, Clark finished second on the bars (9.875) and sixth on the vault (9.800). Shingle placed seventh on the vault (9.750) and third on the beam (9.850). Sophomore Meredith Hoover (Dublin, Ohio) grabbed the sixth spot on the beam (9.725) with Orlando placing ninth (9.275) and Stopper 10th (8.675). Stopper also posted a third-place 9.850 on the floor.
The Nittany Lion men lead the series with Temple, 64-11. The last meeting was on Jan. 30, 2004 at the West Point open where Penn State defeated the Owls, 214.625 to 206.150.
Defending national champion and reigning Big Ten Gymnast of the Week Kevin Tan (Fremont, Calif.) leads the Lions into the meet with Temple. Last weekend, Tan scored a 9.875 en route to his second-straight title at the Winter Cup, a qualifying event for the U.S. National Team. Tan won the event after tying Ohio State's Blaine Wilson and winning the tie-breaker because of a higher start value. Tan is the 2003 NCAA rings champion and has won the last two Big Ten titles.
The previous night, Tan scored a career-high 9.925 on the still rings to advance to the individual event finals at the Winter Cup. Fellow senior Zack Roeder (Montrose, Pa.) finished fifth on the pommel horse with a 9.450 and also advanced to the individual event finals, where he scored a 7.350.
Tan finished 17th overall in the all-around on the first day of competition with a 52.875, but finished no higher then tied for 19th in any other event. Sophomore Luis Vargas (Rio Pedros, P.R.) ended the day at 21st in the all-around. Sophomore Chad Buzcek (Bridgewater, Mass.) finished 50th with a 48.275 in the all-around, with Roeder placing 77th with a 27.150.
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