Gymnastics Finishes Second at Ivy Classic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In one of the tightest finishes in the meet's history, Cornell edged the Penn gymnastics team by two-tenths of a point to claim the Big Red's seventh Ivy Classic title Sunday at Brown.

The Big Red's score of 188.25 just beat Penn's 188.05, while Yale was right behind in third with 187.675. The host Bears finished fourth with a 185.5.

Freshman Lauren Markowitz was the star of the day for the Quakers, winning the individual vaultingtitle with a 9.650. Classmate Jordan Brewer finished third on vault (9.55) and beam (9.675), while Emily Petkun took fourth on floor and fifth on bars en route to a fifth-place all-around finish with 37.35 points. Seniors Laura Duros and Alex Perrotto turned in solid performances, with Duros claiming sixth on beam (9.425) and Perrotto fifth on floor (9.475), while freshman Kerri Lutfey took fifth on vault (9.5) and sixth on beam (9.425).

However, the team's overallfinish was far more important for the injury-depleted Quakers, who had already lost to Yale by half a point earlier in the season.

"They showed great maturity and poise, and almost pulled off a major upset," said Head Coach Tom Kovic of his team. "They just wouldn't quit. It was a great meet to watch."

Penn had overall event scores of 47.5 on vault, 46.225 on bars, 47.075 on beam, and 47.25 on the floor exercise.

The Quakers return to action next Saturday when they visit Chapel Hill, N.C. for a meet with North Carolina and Pitt at 1 p.m.