Penn State Spring Sports Roundup
Breaking records is nothing new for the second-ranked Penn State Men’s Gymnastic team, but this weekend’s 360.600 team score, a new university record, was a little more special then usual, as it came on Senior Night. The Nittany Lions won all six events, cruising past No. 10 Temple 360.600 to 342.200 Saturday night at Rec Hall.
In other gymnastic news, women’s junior Sharaya Musser was named the Big Ten Women’s Gymnast of the Year, becoming the second Nittany Lion in four years to win the award. Penn State finished the Big Ten tournament in sixth place this weekend.
It was a busy weekend for Penn State athletics, with men’s lacrosse, swimming and diving, volleyball, fencing, and tennis, and baseball all in action. Here’s the round-up:
Penn State dropped two of three in their weekend set with Indiana, picking up their lone win on Saturday. Elliot Searer drove in the winning run in Saturday’s 4-3 victory in the bottom of the tenth, giving Neal Herring the victory.
The 2012 Fencing season came to a conclusion for the Nittany Lions on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, where they finished fifth in the NCAA tournament. Aleksander Ochocki was the lone gold medalist for Penn State, as he won his second Men’s Saber title with a 15-11 victory over Harvard’s Valentin Staller. In total, the Nittany Lions finished with one national champion, four medalist, five All-Americans, and three honorable mention award winners.
Men’s volleyball improved to 16-3 with a pair of victories in the Garden State, as the Nittany Lions knocked off NJIT 3-1 Friday night before sweeping Rutgers-Newark 3-0 on Saturday. Joe Sunder was strong in both outings, leading the No.8 Nittany Lions in kills in both contests.
Penn State dropped both contests over the weekend, losing on Friday to Indiana 7-0 before dropping a 5-0 contest at Purdue on Sunday. Russell Bader and Taylor Cohen each picked up singles victories in Sunday’s loss. The women split their two weekend matches, also dropping to Indiana on Friday, but beating Purdue 5-4 on Sunday.
Swimming and Diving
With the weekend coming and going, so has this year’s Swimming and Diving Big Ten Championships, which saw the Men finish sixth, and Women fifth. The lone gold medal came home with the women, as Samantha Palser, Erin Thomas, Katie Pulos , and Paige Whitmire posted a time 3:16.12 in the 400 meter relay to tie Wisconsin for first place. Nick Anskosko has the individual performance of the weekend for the Men, breaking the school record in the 1,000 freestyle in the prelims, but ultimately finished seventh.
Jack Forster recorded the first hat trick for Penn State of the season as the 17th-ranked Lions downed Saint Joseph’s 7-3 to snap a three-game losing skid. On the Women’s side, Molly Fernandez score three times and Maggie McCormick notched four points as the No.9 women’s team ran their winning streak to four with a 9-7 win over William&Mary.
A tough year continued over the weekend for the Lady Lions, as they dropped three games at Michigan. Lisa Akamine and Kasie Hatfield each had four RBIs over the weekend.