PHILADELPHIA After 12 days of preparation, Penn freshmen gymnasts Lizzie Lowe and Marissa Rosen will finally get their chance to shine on Saturday evening in the NCAA Northeast Regional. The competition takes place at the University of Michigan’s Crisler Arena at 6 p.m.
Rosen is the Northeast Region’s No. 1 seed in the all-around competition, while Lowe qualified as the top event specialist on the uneven bars.
Rosen has had five of the six best all-around scores in Penn history this season, including the second-best in school history (39.100). She has also written her name in the Penn record books in vault and floor she is tied with six others for the second-best score in the vault with a 9.800, and tied with three others for the fourth-best score (9.750). On the floor exercise, Rosen is tied with four others for the fourth-best score in school history (9.875).
Lowe had a very solid season for the Quakers. She competed on the bars in 11 of Penn’s 12 meets this season and had a season-best 9.800 at Sacramento State on March 4. Lowe has averaged a 9.600 on the bars this season. Lowe caught fire midway through the season after scoring a then-season-best 9.775 at the Ivy Classic, she did not score lower than a 9.625 in her final six meets of the season.
The top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 26-28, hosted by the University of Utah. In addition, each event winner at the regional championships will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.