HEAD COACH RANDY JEPSON • The Nittany Lions set three new school records during the 2013 regular season, while resetting one record multiple times. On opening weekend, Felix Aronovich and Mathew Felleman topped the school record on the high bar vs. Army, scoring 15.500. The next weekend Felleman matched the mark. Wasef Burbar followed with a new record, notching 15.800 and 16.000 scores in consecutive weeks. Burbar then flew to a 15.800 mark at Temple before recording the fourth highest score in NCAA history with a 16.00 showing against Springfield. Craig Hernandez broke his own record on the pommel horse with a 15.750 mark at the Navy Open and Nestor Rodriguez set the parallel bar record at Temple, scoring 15.800. • Six Nittany Lions earned All-America honors, led by Aronovich, who brought home his third All-America status and second career all-around All-America honor. Adrian Evans earned his second straight All-America distinction on the pommel horse, while Scott Rosenthal and Parker Raque both stood on the podium as All-Americans on the still rings. Along with Howard, Matthew Felleman rounded out the group with his first career All-America honor after a 14.850 showing and a fourthplace finish. • Jepson guided Trevor Howard to an NCAA Championship title in the floor exercise, as the freshman posted a career-best score of 15.800. Howard also earned All-America status. • PSU finished fourth at the 2013 NCAA National Championship, highlighted by six Nitany Lions qualifying for eight individual routines. • Penn State finished third at the Big Ten Championship, led by Hernandez, who claimed his second consecutive pommel horse championship. Trevor Howard also picked up Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors while Aronovich grabbed first team All-Big Ten honors. • Off the court, three Nittany Lions earned 2012-13 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors, including Aronovich, Evans and Rosenthal. Nine more PSU gymnasts earned All-America Scholar Athlete honors by the CGA. 2012 • Penn State boasted its 11th undefeated season inside of historic Rec Hall under Jepson, collecting victories against Army, NCAA Champion Illinois, Minnesota and Temple. The Nittany Lions also claimed victories at Springfield College and at Ohio State. The Lions also won their 14th straight West Point Open title and competed in an international competition with the Puerto Rico National Team. • Penn State set a trio of team records on the season, including a program-best team score of 360.600 in a dual meet victory over Temple. The Blue and White also rocked their way to a schoolrecord score of 60.300 on the pommel horse against Temple and now top the still rings charts after posting a tally of 62.400 vs. Minnesota. • With seven different Nittany Lions earning All-American honors, the 2012 squad tied the 1959 team for the second most All-Americans in a single season. The eight total All-American nods were the most for a PSU squad since 2003 and are tied for the 10th most all-time at Penn State. Felix Aronovich (all-around, parallel bars), Adrian Evans (pommel horse), Craig Hernandez (pommel horse), Nihir Kothari (still rings), Parker Raque (floor exercise), Néstor Rodríguez (high bar) and Scott Rosenthal (still rings) all earned All-American accolades. • Penn State grabbed a third place team finish at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Oklahoma. The Nittany Lions had seven student-athletes qualify for eight total routines during the individual finals at the NCAA Championships. • The Nittany Lions posted a third place showing at the Big Ten Championships and tied the school record for most All-Big Ten selections at a single championship with three. Craig Hernandez (pommel horse) and Scott Rosenthal (still rings) both captured individual championships to earn AllBig Ten honors, while Felix Aronovich was an All-Big Ten pick, as well. The three All-Big Ten picks tie the 2008 and 2004 squads for most in school history. • Junior Felix Aronovich qualified for the all-around at the XXX Olympiad held in London, England. Aronovich represented his home country of Israel and placed 32nd in the individual allaround with an overall score of 83.199. • Junior Scott Rosenthal broke a four-year old school record on the still rings when he swung his way to a score of 16.300 twice during the season. Rosenthal ended the season with 10 of the top 12 scores in school history on the still rings, posting nine of those scores in 2012. • Freshman Craig Hernandez toppled the school record on the pommel horse by tallying a mark of 15.700 twice during the season. The rookie finished the campaign with four of the top five scores on the apparatus. • It was a banner year in the classroom, as well, for Penn State. Miguel Pineda earned his second straight nod to the CoSIDA Academic All-America squad and was one of a school-record five Nittany Lions to earn Big Ten Distinguished Scholar laurels. The Blue and White also set a school standard with 11 Academic All-Big Ten selections and 12 CGA All-America Scholar-Athletes. 2011 • Penn State went undefeated at home in Rec Hall, claiming wins over Army, defending NCAA Champion Michigan, Springfield College, and Ohio State; knocked off two-time reigning Big Ten Champion Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa on the road; and won its 13th consecutive West Point Open crown. The Nittany Lions also traveled to San Juan for an international dual meet with the Puerto Rico National Team. Penn State established a season-high team score of 356.750 in a tri-meet at Oklahoma. • Penn State placed second in its qualifying session at the National Collegiate Championships to advance to the team finals for the first time since 2008. The Nittany Lions used a record-setting performance in the still rings, scoring a 62.300, to qualify. Penn State finished in sixth place at the team finals. • Four Nittany Lions earned All-America recognition at the National Collegiate Championships, the most since 2007. Wasef Burbar (high bar), Miguel Pineda (still rings), Parker Raque (floor exercise, vault), and Scott Rosenthal (still rings) each secured All-America honors for the first time in his career. • Junior Parker Raque came through in the clutch for Penn State at the National Collegiate Championships, setting career highs in three events (floor exercise, still rings, vault) to lead the Nittany Lions. In the individual event finals, he scored a career best 15.400 in the floor exercise and tied a personal high that he set in the national qualifier in the vault (16.050) to earn All-America honors in each event. • Penn State placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships, highlighted by a conference-high team rings score of 60.650. Junior Scott Rosenthal placed second in the still rings in the individual event finals, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. • Jepson was recognized with the 2011 College Gymnastics Association Honor Coach Award at the NCAA/CGA Award Banquet in Columbus, Ohio in April. The Honor Coach Award is bestowed annually to CGA member coaches with 25 years or more of service to the sport of gymnastics.
PENN STATE 2016 • MEN’S GYMNASTICS
• Junior Miguel Pineda not only excelled in the competition arena but also in the classroom in 2011. A science major, he was honored as the NCAA Elite 88 Award winner and was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America and CGA All-America Scholar Athlete First Teams. In addition, Pineda was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year. • A standout competitive season in 2011 was only surpassed by the team’s performance in the classroom. The Nittany Lions earned the Penn State Varsity “S” Award and boasted 11 CGA AllAmerican Scholar Athletes, nine Academic All-Big Ten honorees, and three Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipients. 2010 • With a multitude of injuries of varying degrees to a host of veterans, Penn State was forced to rely heavily on its talented freshman class in 2010. Of the 452 total routines performed by Nittany Lion gymnasts, 237 were contributed by true freshmen or 52 percent. If sophomores (or gymnasts with two years or fewer of competitive collegiate experience) were included, that number jumps to 327, meaning underclassmen accounted for a remarkable 72 percent of Penn State routines. • The Nittany Lions opened the season by winning their 12th consecutive West Point Open. Penn State also gained a home victory over William & Mary and swept a tri-meet versus Minnesota and Temple at Rec Hall. Penn State established a season-high team score of 354.450 in a home loss to Oklahoma. • Felix Aronovich was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Nittany Lion to receive the conference award since Mike Dutka in 1997. Aronovich competed in every meet, earning 13 top three finishes, including seven titles. • At the Big Ten Championships, Penn State overtook two higher ranked teams, including host Ohio State, to place a surprising third. Senior Nick Virbitsky earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors, contributing Penn State’s top showing in the individual event finals by placing second in the floor exercise. • In his final performance as a collegiate athlete, senior Noam Shaham finished sixth in the high bar in the individual finals of the National Collegiate Championships to earn his first career All-America honor. • Twelve Nittany Lions, an impressive 60 percent of the 2010 roster, were honored as CGA AllAmerica Scholar Athletes. Nine received first team accolades, including Miguel Pineda and Logan Wyman, who were two of just four gymnasts nationwide to earn perfect 4.0 GPAs, while three were recognized on the second team. In addition, Pineda, Wyman, Noam Shaham and Philip Harris were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and eight Nittany Lions received Academic All-Big Ten honors. 2009 • The Nittany Lions began the season by winning their 11th consecutive West Point Open. The 2009 home schedule was highlighted by a 348.900-348.350 victory over Big Ten rival Michigan, which would go on to finish second at the National Collegiate Championships. Penn State established a season-high team score of 356.300 in a loss at Oklahoma. • Casey Sandy penned the final chapter of one of the most storied careers in the vaunted history of Penn State men’s gymnastics with a stellar senior year. He captured 29 titles, including seven in the pommel horse and six in the parallel bars. He tied the single-season conference record by earning five Big Ten Gymnast of the Week awards and shattered the career mark for winning a total of 11 league honors. In the midst of his exceptional senior season, Sandy also was able to further his international gymnastics career by winning the all-around on both days at the Elite Canada 2009 thereby securing himself a roster spot on the Canadian National Team. Sandy’s march towards history and assault on the Penn State record book was slowed only by injury, as he suffered a severe toe sprain at the Big Ten Championships. Refusing to be hindered by the injury, he gutted out a win in the all-around in the qualifier at the National Collegiate Championships. Sandy then went on to earn his eighth and ninth All-America honors of his career with top eight finishes in all-around and vault finals. • Sandy’s brilliant season and exceptional career culminated with him being presented with the 2009 Nissen-Emery Award, becoming Penn State’s NCAA-record sixth recipient of the sport’s most prestigious honor. He was also named Penn State Male Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive time. • Five Nittany Lions (four on the first team) were recognized as All-America Scholar Athletes by the College Gymnastics Association while six received Academic All-Big Ten honors. 2008 • For the second consecutive year, historic Rec Hall was the site of a Penn State championship, as the Nittany Lions captured the program’s second Big Ten title in front of their home fans. The competition and the Penn State victory was aired live to a national television audience on the Big Ten Network. • Randy Jepson was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second time in his career and was also honored as the CGA Central Region Coach of the Year. Assistant Coach Slava Boiko was recognized as CGA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year. • Casey Sandy had arguably the greatest individual season in the storied history of Penn State men’s gymnastics. He tied a conference record by earning Big Ten Male Gymnast of the Week accolades four times en route to being unanimously selected as the 2008 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year. In leading Penn State to the Big Ten Championship, Sandy won individual conference titles in the parallel bars and all-around. He then went on to dominate at the NCAA Championships, capturing the NCAA all-around crown to become the first Penn State gymnast to win the Big Ten and NCAA all-around championships in the same year. Sandy secured a total of six All-America honors, the most ever by a Nittany Lion at a single NCAA Championships. • Derek Helsby placed fourth in the all-around at the Big Ten Championships to become just the second Nittany Lion in program history to earn All-Big Ten honors in three consecutive seasons. After an excellent senior season, Helsby was selected as a Nissen-Emery Award finalist. • Tommy Ramos capped off a brilliant career by claiming his second Big Ten still rings championship in addition to earning his sixth All-America honor by placing third in the rings at the National Collegiate Championships. • Seven different Nittany Lions were ranked in the top 20 in the final individual GymInfo national rankings. • Penn State posted a season-high score of 360.550 in a win over Ohio State at St. John Arena in Columbus in a meet broadcast by the Big Ten Network. • Under Randy Jepson’s guidance and tutelage, Penn State assistant coach Kevin Tan earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team and went on to win a bronze medal in the team finals at the Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China.
Published on Jan 9, 2017