Gymnastics Defeats Brown In Home Finale

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team ended its home slate on a positive note, defeating Brown, 187.875-186.800, at Hutchinson Gymnasium. For the first time this season, two Penn gymnasts had 9.8 or better scores.

The Quakers (10-7) got a huge boost from senior Emily Petkun, who scored a 38.250 in the all-around, including a 9.850 on the floor excercise. The Bears (6-7) were led by Brittany Anderson, who scored a 37.900 in the all-around.

Penn led from the outset, scoring a 47.775 on the vault. Freshman Lauren Markowitz turned in her finest performance of the season, scoring a 9.800 on vault, while classmate Jordan 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 Stephanie Ortiz's 9.550. Ortiz also had a 9.600 on floor to go with Petkun's 9.850.

Petkun's scorecaptured the all-around, followed by Ortiz (37.925) and Brown's Anderson.

Before the meet, Penn's seven-member senior class - Becca Aronson, Kristyn DeMarco, Laura Duros, Jessica Fuerst, Desirae Gaspero, Alex Perrotto, and Petkun - was honored for their outstanding contributions to Penn gymnastics over the past four seasons. The group helped capture the 2004 ECAC and Ivy Classic titles, and among them there were six academic all-Americans, three Ivy Classic individual champions, and two Academic All-Ivy selections.

The Quakers will take on Cornell next Saturday at 1 p.m. in their final dual meet of the season.