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By Mike Palm
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Pitt women's gymnastics team checked in at No. 22 this week, its first GymInfo team ranking in school history.

The Panthers visit Penn State for a quad meet with Iowa and Rutgers at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Men's basketball

• Penn State Beaver junior Nick Miller (Beaver Falls) scored 14 points in a 77-70 win over Penn State Brandywine on Jan. 18 to surpass 1,000 career points.

Women's basketball

• Edinboro senior Kiara Brown (Ambridge) scored a game-high 18 points to reach 1,000 points for the Fighting Scots in a 67-57 win Jan. 19 over Lock Haven. Brown has 1,224 points after playing her freshman season at California (Pa.).

• Penn State Behrend senior forward Holly Bourquin (Fox Chapel) scored 16 points in a 58-52 loss to Pitt-Greensburg on Jan. 19 to become the 10th player in program history to reach 1,000 points. The Lions beat D'Youville, 76-65, on Wednesday for the program's 500th win.

Women's ice hockey

• Robert Morris senior Cobina Delaney was named one of 11 nominees for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.

• Senior goaltender Stephanie Ciampa made a career-high 40 saves, as No. 8 Mercyhurst (17-4-1) upset No. 2 Boston College (17-4-2), 3-2, on Jan. 19. The Lakers are 15-0-0 after scoring first this season.

Swimming & diving

• West Virginia sophomore Hailey VandePoel set a school record in the 3-meter dive (316.20) Jan. 18 against TCU.

• Westminster freshman Ericka Culp set a school record in the 1-meter dive (238.0) in a tri-meet Jan. 19 at Carnegie Mellon.

• Penn State Behrend sophomore Dan Simon (Penn-Trafford) set a school record in the 50-yard backstroke (23.61 seconds) in a 137-93 win Jan. 18 over Allegheny.

Track and field

• Waynesburg sophomore Lorenzo Mikulin set a school record in the indoor 500-meter dash (1:10.11) at the West Virginia University Invitational.


• Penn State senior Quentin Wright (197 pounds) pinned Wisconsin's Jackson Hein on Jan. 18 for his 100th career win, as the No. 1 Nittany Lions cruised to a 36-6 win. Wright, ranked third nationally, became the 27th Penn State wrestler with 100 victories. Four Penn State wrestlers also earned titles Jan. 19 at the Hitchcock Memorial Tournament at Millersville: sophomore Andrew Alton (149), sophomore Dylan Alton (157), senior Nick Fischer (165) and sophomore Jimmy Lawson (285).

• Waynesburg senior Alex Crown (133 pounds) picked up his 100th win Jan. 19 when teammate Brandon Grainy defaulted in the championship match of the College of Mt. St. Vincent Invitational.

— Mike Palm

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