Philadelphia, Pa. University of Pennsylvania junior Emily Petkun was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s Gymnastics Athlete of the Week after outstanding performances against Temple on Feb. 9 and in the Quakers’ home quad meet on Feb. 12.
The Ardmore, Pa. native won the parallel bars with a score of 9.650 as well as placing second on the beam with a 9.575 and in the floor exercise with a 9.750 to help lead the Quakers to a 189.5 to 188.6 victory over Temple, completing the season sweep between the two teams. On Feb. 12, Petkun tied for first on the beam with a 9.725 and then won the floor exercise with a 9.750 to help the Red and Blue come back to win the quad meet held in Hutchinson Gymnasium over Ursinus, Wilson and West Chester. Petkun also won the all-around competition with a score of 38.425.
Petkun, who finished 21st in the all-around at the 2004 NCAA Regionals with a score of 36.85,is no stranger to success. She currently ranks ninth in the Northeast Region in the all-around with a 38.119 average. That score also gives her a No. 2 ranking in the ECAC in the same category and Petkun is ranked third in the ECAC on the floor with a 9.690 average. The Quakers are currently ranked second in the ECAC, first in the Ivy League, with a 188.385 scoring average, also ranking No. 6 in the Northeast Region.
The Quakers are next in action on Feb. 19, when they travel to Towson, Md. for the Towson Invitational. The event begins at 2 p.m.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant