UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — No. 12 Penn State closed out its regular season at home with a 196.500-195.550 victory against Maryland on Saturday night at Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions posted a season-high team score on the uneven bars of 49.350.
Sharaya Musser continued her dominance in the all-around, tying her season-best with a 39.650 for first place. Whitney Bencsko, who competed in her final home meet at Rec Hall, scored a season-high 39.325 for second place, while Madison Merriam posted a 39.225. Krystal Welsh totaled a 39.100.
Penn State opened the meet on the vault with a team score of 49.175 to take an early lead against the Terrapins, who scored a 48.775 on the uneven bars. Starting off for the Nittany Lions was Lexi Carroll who scored a 9.700, followed by Bencsko who posted a 9.775. Third in the lineup on vault for Penn State was Lindsay Musgrove who earned a 9.750, and Welsh posted a score of 9.775.
Leading the team on vault for Penn State were Merriam, who tied her career-high with a score of 9.925, and Musser, who closed out the first event with a strong 9.950 score, tying her season best.
In the second rotation, the Nittany Lions transitioned to the uneven bars to post a season-high team score of 49.350. Maryland scored a 49.200 on the vault, allowing the Nittany Lions to improve their team score to 98.525 and maintain the lead. Maryland had a team score of 97.975. Merriam claimed the title with a season best 9.900, while Kassidy Stauder and Welsh both scored an 9.825. Alex Stine, Bencsko, and Musser all put up a solid 9.875.
In rotation three, Penn State headed to beam and was able to hold on to their lead with a combined team score of 147.425 to Maryland’s 147.075. Maryland was on floor and put up a 49.100, while the Nittany Lions posted a team score of 48.900 on the beam. Musser’s score of 9.875 was a meet-high. Bencsko posted a 9.825, and Daryl Konsevick scored a 9.750.
Penn State closed out their final home meet on floor with a team score of 48.800, while Maryland scored a 48.475 on the beam. Musser tied her career high on floor with a 9.950 to lead Penn State and Bencsko earned a 9.850. Konsevick scored a 9.825, while Welsh rounded out Penn State’s top performers on the event with a 9.775.