2006 Gymnastics Meet Recap

Jan. 14 at Hutch Gym
Towson 187.225; Penn 186.5; Ursinus 173.275; Wilson 162.475
The meet pitted the last two ECAC champions in Penn and Towson. The Quakers led after the first rotation with a 48.075 on vault. That vault result was the fifth-best in program history, matching the team’s performance at last year’s ECAC championships. The vault was highlighted by Jordan Brewer’s 9.725, Lauren Markowitz’s 9.675, and Stephanie Ortiz setting a new career-high with a 9.600. Ortiz was the all-around leader with a 37.900. Penn’s Emily Petkun was second with 37.875.

Jan. 21 at Yale
Yale 187.675; Penn 187.075
The Quakers led by 1.175 points after two rotations, but Yale stormed back to capture the dual-meet victory. Penn had solid performances on vault and floor, scoring 47.375 and 46.825, respectively, but fell behind on beam with a 46.200. Stefanie Navarro highlighted the day with her 9.625 on beam, while Petkun equaled that score on floor. Lutfey scored a 9.5 on vault, while Ortiz was the top Quaker on bars with a 9.55.

Jan. 28 at Rhode Island
Rhode Island 186.375; Penn 182.675
The Quakers lost their second-straight dual meet while the Rams won their first dual meet of 2006. Penn suffered 14 falls out of 24 routines. The highlight of the afternoon was Petkun, who won the all-around competition with a 37.400. Markowitz won the vault with a 9.450. Kimberly Chin took second on the bars with a 9.700, just 0.05 points off her career-best, while Petkun captured the balance beam with a 9.525.

Feb. 3 at Hutch Gym
Penn 186.350; Wilson 170.375
The Quakers turned in several standout individual scores. Markowitz won the vault with a 9.575, while Ortiz and Lutfey had 9.475 and 9.450, respectively. On bars, Ortiz tied her career-high with a meet-best 9.65, and on beam, Chin and Lutfey were solid with scores of 9.650 and 9.575. Mia Turner won the floor with a 9.625.

Feb. 8 at Hutch Gym
Penn 187.475; Temple 186.975
With just 25-one-hundreths of a point separating the Quakers and the Owls after three rotations, Penn hit the floor exercise on fire, scoring a 47.075 to Temple’s 46.600 on beam to win. The key performance was Petkun’s. The sixth and final competitor for Penn on floor, Petkun had a disappointing night through three rotations, with a 9.025 on bars and a 9.150 on beam. But she nailed a 9.725 on the floor, the team’s season high in the event, to assure the Quaker victory. Ortiz won the all-around with a 37.900. Ortiz won the bars with a 9.625, just 0.05 off her career-high, while Lutfey won the beam with a 9.600. Petkun’s score captured the floor competition.

Feb. 18 at Hutch Gym
Penn 187.525; James Madison 183.700; West Chester 174.600; Wilson 160.975
Petkun won the all-around with a 37.425. Despite taking an 8.850 on the beam, she posted scores of 9.425 (vault), 9.550 (bars) and 9.600 (floor) to complete her day. Ortiz had an all-around 36.875, which included a career-high 9.700 on bars.

Feb. 26 at Ivy Classic
Cornell 188.25; Penn 188.05; Yale 187.675; Brown 185.5
Cornell edged the Penn gymnastics team by two-tenths of a point to claim the Big Red’s seventh Ivy Classic title. Markowitz was the star of the day for the Quakers, winning the individual vaulting title with a 9.650. Brewer finished third on vault (9.55) and beam (9.675), while Petkun took fourth on floor and fifth on bars en route to a fifth-place all-around finish with 37.35 points. Laura Duros and Alex Perrotto turned in solid performances, with Duros claiming sixth on beam (9.425) and Perrotto fifth on floor (9.475), while Lutfey took fifth on vault (9.5) and sixth on beam (9.425).

March 4 at North Carolina
North Carolina 194.375; West Virginia 194.100; Pittsburgh 193.500; Penn 186.650
Petkun highlighted the meet for the Quakers, finishing fifth in the all-around with a season-best 38.225, including a 9.675 on the floor exercise. Several Quakers turned in high individual marks, with Markowitz posting a 9.625 on vault, Duros turning in a season-best 9.7 on beam, and Ortiz earning a 37.1 in the all-around.

March 11 at Hutch Gym
Penn 187.85; Brown 186.8
The Quakers got a huge boost from Petkun, who scored a 38.250 in the all-around, including a 9.850 on the floor excercise. Penn led from the outset, scoring a 47.775 on the vault. Markowitz turned in her finest performance of the season, scoring a 9.800 on vault, while Brewer had a 9.625. The Quakers had a tough time on bars, scoring a 46.675, but bounced back on beam, scoring 47.075 behind Ortiz’s 9.550. Ortiz also had a 9.600 on floor to go with Petkun’s 9.850. Petkun’s score captured the all-around, followed by Ortiz (37.925).

March 18 at Cornell
Cornell 188.275; Penn 186.3
Penn got its strongest performance once again from Petkun, who won the all-around with a 37.925, but Penn couldn’t get things going on the floor, which proved to be the team’s downfall. The Quakers scored a 47.300 on bars, highlighted by Kara Dewhurst’s 9.575 and Ortiz’s 9.525. On vault, Brewer earned a 9.600 and Petkun a 9.5, while Petkun and Lutfey won the beam competition with 9.5’s. Ortiz posted a 9.625 and Lutfey a 9.575 on floor.

March 25 at ECAC Championships
Towson 191.275; William & Mary 190.350; Penn 189.050; Cornell 188.80; Yale 188.80; Rhode Island 188.375; Temple 186.55; Brown 186.05; James Madison 183.725
Several Quakers turned in all-ECAC performances, but Ortiz highlighted the competition. She finished third in the all-around with a 38.35, and earned Penn’s top score on balance beam with a third-place 9.575. Both performances earned her first-team honors. Brewer (9.675) and Markowitz (9.650) finished fourth and fifth in the vault competition, respectively, and both were all-ECAC Second Team selections in that event.

Apr. 8 at NCAA Regionals
Ortiz finished 13th in the all-around with a 37.800, while Petkun wrapped up her standout career with a 37.650 all-around score, good for 15th place. Petkun achieved her total with scores of 9.450 (vault), 9.125 (bars), 9.450 (beam) and 9.625 (floor). Petkun was competing in her third NCAA Regional, and qualified each year of her collegiate career.