BALTIMORE - A quickpeek at the team results from the Shelly Calloway Invitational at Towson University may not lead to positive thoughts for Penn gymnastics fans, but take a closer look and positive results will appear.
The Quakers finished in fourth place in the team competition on Friday night, but did so with their highest team score of the year, racking up 187.900 points, eclipsing the previous high of 186.525 in the season-opener against Rutgers. If that wasn't enough, Marissa Rosen did something that no Penn gymnast has done since 2001.
The sophomore's all-around score of 38.825 was good enough for the all-around title, the first by a Penn gymnast in an Invitational-style eventsinceEmilyPetkun won theall-around at the same eventin 2004. She was the picture of consistency on Friday, scoring no lower than 9.600 in any event while winning two individual titles. Her scores of 9.875 on the floor exercise and 9.625 on beam were tops in both events. Adding to her accolades for the day is the fact that her floor score is tied for fourth all-time in Quaker history. Rosen actually tied five gymnasts with that score, including herself (she scored a 9.875 3/9/07 at the Cal Tri-Meet). She also added a fifth-place finish in vault with her 9.725.
Senior co-captain Kimberly Chin had a great day on bars, scoring 9.55 and 9.70 for an average of 9.625, good for a sixth-place tie.
Jordan Brewer tied for second on beam with a 9.575. Elise Bowe finished in fifth place in the all-around with a 37.725.
As a team, the Red and Blue were tops on the beam, scoring a 47.150.
Up next for Penn, the Ivy Classic on February 24at Cornell. Competition begins at 1 p.m.