Wolfpack Drops No. 10 Penn State with Highest Score Since 2004
Feb. 11, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C.-- NC State sophomore Diahanna Ham tied the school record on vault with a 9.95 to pace the Wolfpack in a win at the Sweetheart Invitational. The 21st-ranked Wolfpack finished the night with a team score of 196.775, the highest score since 2004 which also ties for fifth in school history.
The last time an NC State gymnast scored a 9.95 was the 2010 season when Taylor Seaman accomplished the feat on floor. Ham's vault of 9.95 ties the school record, marks the highest scoring vault since 2004, and takes first at the meet. Ham becomes only the third Wolfpack gymnast to score a 9.95 on vault.
Senior Jess Panza captured a pair of 9.9's to lead the Wolfpack on floor exercise and beam, finishing first on floor and second on beam. Both of the scores were season-highs for Panza with the score on floor tying her career-high.
Along with Diahanna Ham, Wolfpack sophomore Ellen Marion recorded a new career-high on vault scoring a 9.725. State would finish with a team score of 49.225, the highest team score on any event this season, and fourth-best in program history.
On bars, junior Rachel Fincham led the way with a score of 9.85 for second. Sophomore Kristen Harabedian turned in a performance equally as impressive scoring a 9.8, a new season-high. NC State's team score, 48.975, represents the highest on the season.
Freshman Lane Jarred and Rachel Fincham finished tied for third on beam scoring 9.875s, good for new career-highs for both. NC State completed the event with a score of 49.275 which is 10th highest score in school history.
State held the lead after the first rotation, but trailed Penn State by .075 after two, then took a .075 lead of its own heading into the final. The Pack extended that lead to .125 for the final margin over No. 10 Penn State, George Washington, and William & Mary.
Wolfpack senior Jess Panza scored a 9.9 on floor exercise which was good for first in the event. NC State also had three other gymnast land on the podium for floor with Stephanie Ouellette, Diahanna Ham, and Brooke Barr all recording 9.875s, good for second. NC State finished with a team score of 49.300 which ties for the 13th highest score in school history.
Ouellette added a third place in the all-around with her 39.175, another career-high. The record marks the second time this season that Ouellette has improved her career best.
NC State returns to action Friday, February 17 to host New Hampshire at 7 p.m.