Gymnastics Falls to Air Force

Colorado Springs, Colo.- The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics teamfell to Air Force on Thursday, 191.325 to 189.925. It was the first dual-meet loss of the season for the Quakers.

The Quakers (9-1)openedthe competition with a48.350 on the uneven bars, the Quakershighest total on that apparatuson the season. This was followed by a 47.450 on the vault.The Red and Blue then scored a 47.725 on the floor and a 46.400 on the beam to close out the meet.

"It was a bittersweet competition," said Head Coach Tom Kovic. "We started outwith a 48.350, by far our best performance of the year on the bars. It was a great start for the team and they stayed solid on the vault and did well on the floor.We just let it slip away on the beam. The team realizes that they need to close it out in the last event and I am confident that they are going to rebound on Saturday and hold it together."

Individually,many Quakers performed well against the tough competition. Laura Bouchelle won the vault competition with a 9.700 and Leah Moon placed third with a 9.600. On the bars, Christina Anzalone tied for first with a 9.800 while Emily Petkun tied for third with a 9.725. Stephanie Ortiz was fifth with a 9.675, Kara Dewhurst placed seventh with a 9.600 and Alex Perotto was ninth with a 9.550. All of the Quakers scores for the event were new season-highs.

Other highlights for the Red and Blue included Moon's fourth place finish on the beam with a 9.625. Kelly Sievert also tied for fifth in the event with a 9.575. Petkun placed second on the floor with a 9.700 and Moon finished fourth with a 9.650. Petkun also finished fourth in the all-around competition with a score of 37.900.

The Quakers return to action on Saturday,March 12 when they are at Denver with Air Force at 6 p.m. MST.

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant