Temple Men's Gymnastics Scores Season High In Home Tri-Meet

PHILADELPHIA - The Temple men's gymnastics team looked more than comfortable performing in the friendly confines of McGonigle Hall, as the Owls posted a season-high team score of 341.400 to place second in a home tri-meet with Penn State and Army. Temple, competing in its first home meet of the season, registered a meet-best score as a team on vault.

Penn State led the way with a 351.800, followed by Temple's 341.400 and Army's 259.500.

Temple nearly outdid Penn State on floor to open the meet, besting Army's 53.300 with a score of 55.400. Mooney was again the Owls' top finisher in the event, scoring 14.300. Army's Kip Webber posted the highest floor score of the afternoon with a 14.900.

The Owls moved to pommel horse, with senior Adam Al-Rokh leading the Cherry and White with a score of 14.400. As a unit, the pommel squad scored 55.400. Al-Rokh and Mooney were the lone all-around competitors in the meet, scoring 83.300 and 83.800 respectively.

Next on rings, a three-way tie for team-best honors between Al-Rokh, senior Patrick McLaughlin and junior Taylor Brana with scores of 14.100 led the way for TU. Temple put together a team total of 56.300, ranking second to PSU's score of 61.800.

The vault squad came prepared today scoring 55.400 as a squad. Led by a meet-best tying score of 15.700 from junior Chris Mooney, the vault squad topped a 61.800 from PSU. Mooney tied PSU's Matt Chelberg for top honors on the apparatus. Junior Evan Burke turned in the second highest score for the Owls with a 15.600, followed by a 15.500 from sophomore Brett Statman.

McLaughlin also scored highest for Temple on parallel bars, posting a score of 14.700. Brana came in a close second to McLaughlin with a 14.500, followed by a 13.900 from Al-Rokh. As a whole, the Owls put together a score of 56.900 on parallel bars.

Temple closed the meet on high bar, recording a team total of 55.300. McLaughlin closed the event with a team-best 14.200. Mooney's score of 13.800 came in second for the Owls, followed by sophomore Allan Malone's 13.700. Penn State's Matt Albrecth scored a meet-high 14.500 on the apparatus.

Up next for the Owls is a trip to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Winter Cup Challenge held February 3-5.