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Penn State Athletics | January 18, 2014

Penn State claims 15th consecutive West Point Open title

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Fourth-ranked Penn State stretched its West Point Open winning streak to 15 consecutive after recording a 428.100 team score on Friday evening at host Army's Gross Center.

Up against some of the top teams from around the east coast, the Nittany Lions topped Army (413.050), Navy (400.800), Springfield College (388.950) Temple (398.650) and William & Mary (416.700) on the way to a first place finish.

Penn State captured the top position in four different events including the floor exercise (74.200), still rings (73.150), vault (72.550) and parallel bars (72.500).

PSU also placed second on the pommel horse (68.800) and fourth on the high bar (66.900). Penn State's marks in the floor exercise and on the parallel bars are both season-high team scores for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State advanced 10 gymnasts to the individual finals, with at least one Nittany Lion representing the Blue and White in each event on Saturday evening.

Sophomore Trevor Howard, redshirt junior Nestor Rodriguez, junior Matt Felleman and sophomore Alexis Torres all captured two top-five finishes each.

Howard claimed the top spot in the floor exercise with a season-high score of 15.500, while also finishing third on the rings, swinging to a score of 15.000. Rodriguez secured a second-place finish on the parallel bars (14.700), while also finishing fifth on the rings (14.750).

Felleman was tabbed second on the high bar (14.400) and fifth on the vault (14.650). Torres rounded out the group with second place finish on the rings (15.100) and a third place finish in the floor exercise (15.150).

Howard was not the only Nittany Lion to earn a first-place finish, as Preston Gall registered the number one position on the parallel bars, posting a 14.800 for his first individual event title of the season.

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