Gymnastics Falls to Denver, Defeats Air Force

Denver, Colo - The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team fell to Denver but defeated Air Force on Saturday evening. Denver scored a 195.425, Penn had a 192.075 and Air Force finished with a 190.350 at the meet. It was the Quakers highest team score of the season.

The Quakers (10-2) scored season-highs on three of the four apparatus. The Quakers had a 47.475 on the vault, a 48.575 on the beam and a 48.525 on the floor, all season-highs. Penn also scored a 47.500 on the uneven bars.

"It was, by far, our best performance of the season," said Head Coach Tom Kovic. "It was a great team effort and a great comeback from Thursday. The team left it all in the arena in the competition and I am very proud of them."

Individually, many Quakers performed well against the tough competition. On the vault, Kimberly Chin finished ninth with a score of 9.600. Christina Anzalone tied for first on the uneven bars with a score of 9.725 and Emily Petkun placed seventh with a 9.575. On the floor, Colorado native Lex Chalat placed sixth with a score of 9.775.

Other highlights for the Red and Blue a superb team performance on the beam, an event in which the Quakers had struggled with in their previous meet. Stephanie Ortiz led the way for Penn, finishing fourth with a 9.800. Leah Moon placed sixth with a 9.725 and Chin and Petkun tied for ninth with a 9.675 score. Petkun also placed fifth in the all-around with a 38.425.

The Quakers return to action on Saturday, March 19 when they host Cornell in Hutchinson Gymnasium at 1 p.m.

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant