Women¡¯s Gymnastics Shells Buckeyes, 196.625-193.675
Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2006 -- The Penn State women¡¯s gymnastics team used a season-high score of 196.625 to down Ohio State (193.675) Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, improving to 8-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. Senior Meredith Hoover (Dublin, Ohio) claimed her second all-around title of the year with a season-high 39.325 as senior Jennifer Orlando (Herndon, Va.) set a new career high with a 39.275 to place second.
As a team, Penn State recorded a 49.250 on vault, a season-high 49.125 on bars, a season-high 49.225 on beam and a 49.025 on floor.
Orlando claimed her second vault title of the season with a career-high 9.950, marking only the 16th time in Penn State history that an athlete has scored a 9.950 or higher in the event. Senior Michelle Ilg (Colonia, N.J.) placed third with a 9.850 and Hoover and sophomore Aslynn Satterfield (Boalsburg, Pa.) each scored a 9.825 to tie for fourth, a career-high-tying mark for Satterfield. Freshman Katie Perret set a new career high with a sixth-place 9.800 and sophomore Lindsay Borkan posted a season-high 9.775 for seventh.
On bars, Perret captured her second career event title with a career-high 9.900 and junior Corissa Pirkl (West Islip, N.Y.) tied her career high with a second-place 9.850. Ilg placed fourth with a 9.825 and Orlando set a new season high with a fifth-place 9.800. Hoover also tied her season high with a seventh-place 9.750 and Borkan claimed ninth with a 9.500.
Hoover picked up her second beam crown of the year with a career-high 9.975, the highest mark of any Penn State gymnast on any event this season and just shy of the school-record 10.00, earned only four times in school history. Hoover becomes just one of five athletes to score a 9.975 or higher on the beam and the first since the 2003 season. Perret placed second with a career-high 9.900 and Pirkl picked up third with a 9.800. Orlando tied her season high and Borkan set a new season high with each scoring a 9.775 to tie for 5th as junior Stephanie Sullivan (Gaithersburg, Md.) posted a 9.300 for 10th.
Satterfield earned her second floor title of the year with a season-high 9.900 as Pirkl and Ilg tied for fifth with a 9.800, a season high for Ilg. Hoover finished eighth with a 9.775 and Orlando scored a 9.750 for ninth as Mehrer placed 10th with a 9.725.
Penn State travels to New Hampshire for a meet with the Wildcats on March 4 at 1:00 p.m.
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