PHILADELPHIA— Temple women's gymnastics continues its 2019 slate at the Little Boston Invitational on Jan. 12 against Towson and No. 20 Penn State. The meet is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass.
> Last time out, Temple opened up the 2019 season with a quad meet hosted by Alabama that also featured NIU and SEMO. The Owls placed third with a 191.925. Alabama took first (194.750), NIU was second (193.325) and SEMO finished fourth (187.800).
> The Owls are captained by senior India Anderson
, junior Daisy Todd
and sophomore Delaney Garin
. Anderson posted a team-high 9.775 on floor in last week's competition, while Garin scored career-best 9.700 on bars.
> In their season opener, the Owls had their best performance on bars, scoring a 48.525.
> The squad features two all-around competitors in sophomore Monica Servidio
and freshman Ariana Castrence
. Both earned spots on the podium last week in Tuscaloosa. Castrence placed second with a 38.225 and Servidio was third with a 37.875.
> Junior transfer Jazmyn Estrella
was strong on bars and vault in her debut in the Cherry and White. Coming to North Broad from Utah State, the Allentown, Pa. native scored a 9.700 on vault and a 9.825 to anchor the Owls' bars lineup.
> Junior Jaylene Everett
was also a force for Temple, tying Estrella for the team-high on vault with a 9.700 and scoring a 9.725 on floor.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
> Penn State is led by head coach Sarah Brown, who is in her second year at the helm of the program.
> The squad opened its season at No. 5 Utah. The Nittany Lions fell to the Utes 197.175-194.450.
> The team posted a 49.000 on beam, which was the ninth-best score in the first week of competition.
> The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series against the Owls 14-0. The squads last met in 2018 in a quad meet at Pittsburgh. Temple posted a 194.250, while Penn State scored 196.650 to win the meet.
Scouting the Tigers
> Towson's head coach is Vicki May, who has led the Tigers for eight seasons.
> The squad will open their season at the Little Boston Invitational.
> Towson went 15-16 in their 2018 campaign, averaging a 194.654.
> The Tigers hold the advantage in the series 53-3. In their most recent meeting in a 2018 quad meet at Pittsburgh, Temple took the victory over Towson, 193.875 to 192.050.