Marissa Rosen Qualifies for NCAA Gymnastics Regionals

PHILADELPHIA – Selections to the 2008 NCAA Gymnastics Regionals were announced on Monday, and sophomore Marissa Rosen has qualified for her second all-around. She will compete in the Northeast Regional held by Penn State on April 12.

There are six regions in the first leg of the NCAA Championships. Each region has six teams qualify as well as five all-arounders and one specialist in each event.

Rosen qualified as the top-ranked all-around competitor in the Northeast Region whose team did not also qualify. Her Regional Qualifying Score of 38.800 is fourth among the 42 gymnasts in the region who are eligible for the regional – only behind Lindsey Bruck and Sarah Curtis of Michigan and Brandi Personett of Penn State.

Rosen has five chances to advance to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. April 24-26. If she finishes in the top two in all-around among women whose team doesn’t qualify for the finals or if she is the top one finisher in an individual event not on the qualifying teams, she will punch her ticket to the Championships.

Last season, Rosen was in a similar situation as a qualifier in the all-around. She scored a 38.525 to finish tenth.

“Marissa has put together two quality seasons so far for Penn,” head coach John Ceralde said. “She continues to set personal records as well as etch her name in the Penn record books. Her dedication to performing a good routine and leading by example is what our program is all about.”

This season, she has won the all-around in five of Penn’s 11 competitions. Her best performance, however, came in a second-place finish at the ECAC Championships. She scored a 39.125 – a personal-best. That score is the second-highest all-around by a Penn gymnast in program history, surpassed only by Anna Wilson’s 39.225 at the ECAC meet in 2001.

She has also earned accolades in individual events as well.

She won her first ECAC title in the floor exercise with a 9.900 last weekend. Again, this is a personal-high and is tied for the third-highest floor score in school history.

She added a vault title at the Ivy Classic to the beam crown she won in 2007 with a 9.75.

Tickets for the 2008 Northeast Regional at Penn State can be obtained by calling 814-863-1000.