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Penn State qualifies for men’s gymnastic championships finals

After a third-place finish in the first session of qualifying on Friday, the Penn State men’s gymnastics team advanced to the National Collegiate Championship finals.

Oklahoma won the round with a 441.200 and Minnesota was second with 426.400. Penn State’s 423.950 edged out Nebraska’s 423.500 for third to make the finals Saturday night at Ohio State’s St. John Arena.

“It started off early with some troubles, but the guys didn’t give up and they came back,” Penn State Coach Randy Jepson said. “We got to pommel horse with one event left and we had to put in routines. We had not done that all year, but did it, and that was huge.”

Trevor Howard led the team with a second-place finish in the all-around with an 85.650 total score. He also finished fifth on vault, sixth on high bar, and eighth on still rings.

Nittany Lion captain Leroy Clarke Jr. finished third in still rings. Dominic DiFulvio and Christian McSwain were sixth on still rings and seventh on floor, respectively.

Penn State will be competing for its first national championship since 2007.