PHILADELPHIA Marissa Rosen is set to compete in the 2008 NCAA Northeast Regional in State College today. She is the lone Quaker in action at Penn State today.
Rosen qualified as an all-arounder by averaging a score of 38.800 over the season in all-around competitions. That score was the fourth-best among the 42 gymnasts in the region who were eligible for the regional. She trailed only Lindsey Bruck and Sarah curtis of Michigan and Brandi Personett of Penn State. Those three women qualified for a regional based on their teams’ performance, making Rosen the top-ranked all-arounder in the Northeast Region among gymnasts whose team did not qualify.
This will be Rosen’s second trip to Regionals, and she is only a sophomore. Last year, she scored a 38.525 to finish in tenth place.
“Having the experience of last season and knowing what the pressure will be like is extremely helpful,” Rosen said before the trip. “The crowd at a meet like this is different than what we normally have and I will know how to adjust.”
Rosen also said that she was focusing on nailing the same routine she has performed most of the season and won’t be adding anything new to impress the judges this weekend.
“I added some new elements in mid-season and they have worked well,” she said. “I will stick with what got me here.”
Rosen is ready to go and get the competition started.
“I am really excited about competing on this stage,” she said. “There are a lot of quality teams and gymnasts who will be there with me. I know that if I am 4-for-4 on my routines and am solid on all events, I will be right there with them.”
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The meet starts at 6:00 and Rosen will be paired with the Georgia Bulldogs team and will have a bye on rotation one before starting on bars in rotation two.