The men’s gymnastics team will defend its Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship title tomorrow.
It will be on the road at MIT this season, the host school for the ECAC Championships.
After a trip to MIT the Owls will return to campus and host the 2003 NCAA Championship at the Liacouras Center, April 12-13
In the meantime, the men on the mats have posted a 6-3 record, recently winning a tri-meet against the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Naval Academy last Saturday at McGonigle Hall.
The Owls swept the meet with a score of 210.47. Senior Alex Weber ran the show, grabbing first place in four events – vault, parallel bars, all-around and horse.
Sophomore Nykia White placed first on the rings and freshman David Ramos was first on the horizontal bars.
The women’s gymnastics team (8-12) barely beat Pennsylvania, 190.400-190.325 last Saturday, a week before they host the Atlantic 10 Invitational at McGonigle Hall.
Senior Cicely Warrington placed first in the floor exercise and sophomore Alexis Zafferes took first on the vault.
The softball team was in a bit of a funk last weekend, losing all four games in the Atlantic 10/Big East Tournament at Villanova.
The Owls (10-14) dropped their first game to Villanova, 6-5, after the Wildcats took a four-run lead in the fifth inning.
It also marked the first loss for senior pitcher Liz Naughton in her last six decisions.
Temple dropped another game to ‘Nova and two others to Seton Hall, leaving Massachusetts as the only team to represent the A-10 with four wins.
Temple carried leads deep into the games on several occasion. The one bright spot was senior Chrissy Harris, who went 4-for-12 with two home runs, a triple and four RBI.
The women’s track team had a strong showing at the Quaker Invitational last Sunday, beating Penn by taking first place in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, the 4 x 100 relay and 4 x 400 relay. Sophomore Jaweia Campbell won the 100-meter dash and sophomore Jessica Dunston took first in the 100-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Rachel Clinton placed second in the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Aisha Raheem finished second in the 400-meter hurdles and freshman Jenee Moore finished third in the long jump.
The women’s tennis team (4-3) went 1-2 at the San Diego Invitational and swallowed a bitter pill when it lost junior Lara Ercegovic to a season ending injury and junior Danira Penic with an ankle sprain for the last two matches.
The team defeated the University of Vermont, 7-0, before falling to San Diego and Southern Methodist.
Chris Silva can be reached at CBSrican@aol.com.