Women's Gymnastics

Gymnastics Set for Two-Meet Weekend

PHILADELPHIA – With only four meets remaining before the ECAC championships, Temple women's gymnastics is set for a two-meet weekend where the Owls will face a total of eight opponents. First up, the Owls will participate in the Pink Invitational at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 26. The five-team meet will feature #23 West Virginia, Penn State, West Chester and Southern Connecticut and is set to start at 5:00 p.m.

The Owls will return to the floor just two days later at the Harriet Marranca Invitational hosted by Ithaca College starting at 1:00 p.m. The competition will include Cortland, Brockport and Rhode Island College, as well as the hosting Bombers of Ithaca.

The Owls are coming off their second-best meet of the season at Rutgers. After logging three season-high event totals on vault, floor and beam, the team totaled a score of 191.625 to take third behind Penn and Rutgers.
Sophomore Alexa Phillip earned the highest event finish with a 9.725 on bars that ranked second overall. Phillip also added an impressive 9.75 on bars and now ranks ninth in the conference with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 9.66.

Also sitting in the conference's top 10 rankings are junior Briana Odom and sophomore Sahara Gipson. Odom leads the conference on floor with an RQS of 9.76 and sits in fifth on bars. Gipson, who has anchored the Owls' vault lineup this season, ranks second on the event with an RQS of 9.695 and sits in a tie for 10th on floor.

Overall, the Owls have improved to third in the conference with the addition of RQS rankings. Temple's RQS currently stands at 190.78 behind Cornell and Brown. There are also six Owls who rank within the top 10 on an individual event following last weekend.

The Pink Invitational…
Friday's competition will be the third meeting this season between the Golden Rams and the Owls with the record being 1-1 between the two schools. West Chester will be entering the meet following a road win against Springfield College where the Rams posted a 191.825. All-around gymnast Majesta Valentine continues to lead the team having collected four ECAC DII Gymnast of the Week honors.

Southern Connecticut has posted a season-high 190.425 in 2016. The Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational was the last meeting between the two Owl teams. Temple topped Southern Connecticut who posted a 188.85 to take fourth out of the five teams.

Penn State will travel to Philadelphia following a Big Ten victory over Maryland on Monday. The Nittany Lions posted a season-high 196.35 and earned head coach Jeff Thompson his 150th career victory. Kiera Brown has been a strong all-around competitor for the Nittany Lions, earning a top score of 39.4.

No. 23 West Virginia has had a consistent 2016 season with its past six team scores ranging between 195.2 and 195.8. Last weekend, the Mountaineers posted a 195.6 against Kentucky who won the meet by only two-tenths of a point (195.8). The Mountaineers' vault team is ranked #13 in the nation.

The Harriet Marranca Invitational…
Sunday's competition will feature four Division III teams at the Harriet Marranca Invitational. Host team Ithaca College has posted a season-high 185.925 in 2016 and is ranked #9 in the national Division III polls.  Last weekend, the Bombers fell to conference rival Rhode Island College on the road.

The Anchorwomen of Rhode Island College, who earned their first win of the season over Ithaca last weekend, will enter Sunday's meet with a season high of 179.275. Sophomore Courtney Osborn was named the NCGA East All-Around Gymnast of the Week following the team's win.

The Red Dragons of SUNY Cortland are currently ranked fifth in the nation among all Division III programs. The team has logged a season high of 189.3 on Jan. 23 when they hosted Cornell.

The final team to compete on Sunday will be the Brockport State Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles are ranked third in the nation among all Division III programs and hold a team RQS of 188.195. The team's season high stands at a 191.65, the second-highest in the Division.
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