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    Gymnastics Notches Top Score in Opening Home Meet
    Raleigh, N.C. – The NC State gymnastics team put together a team score of 194.625 Sunday afternoon, in the Pack’s first home meet of the 2007 season. The Wolfpack set a new school record, notching the top team score in a home-opening meet. No. 2 Georgia won the meet with a 197.250, NC State finished second, Iowa was third (193.750), and No. 24 Ohio State took fourth (193.250).

    The Wolfpack started the meet out on vault, and came away with an impressive score of 49.075, tying as the ninth-best team score in school history. Junior Leigha Hancock led the way for the Pack, tying her career-best with a 9.9 for second place. Freshman Taylor Seaman was close behind with her score of 9.875 and sixth finish. Senior Katie Ozburn and junior Heather Zolton each recorded a 9.775, and junior Kelsey Lee rounded out the scoring with a 9.75.

    NC State then moved over to bars, and finished with a team score of 48.475. Seaman was the Pack’s top finisher as she notched a 9.825 to take third. Senior Amanda Jones scored a 9.725 for 11th place. Senior Rachel Katz scored a 9.675, while Lee and freshman Lauren Deuser each posted a 9.625 to round out the scoring.

    On the third rotation on the day, NC State put together a team score of 48.350. Hancock put together a 9.8 routine for a eighth place finish. Ozburn and Deuser each had scores of 9.7, while Jones was close behind with her score of 9.675.

    NC State would end the meet on floor, with a team score of 48.725. Sophomore Ashley Shepard just missed out on a career-best with her score of 9.875 for second place. Seaman had a solid routine with a 9.85 for fourth. Hancock scored a 9.7, while Lee and Zolton rounded out the scoring with a 9.65 each.

    Seaman scored a 38.800 in the all-around.

    NC State will return to action next weekend with two road meets. The Pack will travel to Rutgers on Friday night, then head to Penn State for a Saturday night meet. NC State will return to Reynolds Coliseum on February, as the Pack hosts the Governor’s Cup.

    Team Scoring: 1) Georgia, 197.250; 2) NC State, 194.625; 3) Iowa, 193.750; 4) Ohio State, 193.250.

    Vault: T-2) Leigha Hancock, 9.9; T-6) Taylor Seaman, 9.875; t-16) Katie Ozburn, 9.775; t-16) Heather Zolton, 9.775; 18) Kelsey Lee, 9.75; 24) Rachel Katz, 9.3.

    Bars: 3) Taylor Seaman, 9.825; T-11) Amanda Jones, 9.725; T-15) Rachel Katz, 9.675; t-19) Lauren Deuser, 9.625; t-19) Kelsey Lee, 9.625; 21) Crisann Calvo, 9.6.

    Beam: 8) Leigha Hancock, 9.8; t-12) Lauren Deuser, 9.7; t-12) Katie Ozburn, 9.7; 15) Amanda Jones, 9.675; 16) Heather Zolton, 9.475; 19) Taylor Seaman, 9.25.

    Floor: t-2) Ashley Shepard, 9.875; t-4) Taylor Seaman, 9.85; t-14) Leigha Hancock, 9.7; t-18) Heather Zolton, 9.65; t-18) Kelsey Lee, 9.65; 24) Olga Bodrikova, 9.35.



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