KINGSTON, R.I. The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team turned in a season-best 189.050 to place third at Saturday’s ECAC Championships held at the University of Rhode Island. The Quakers were the top Ivy finisher in the nine-team field.
The third time proved to be the charm over rivals Yale and Cornell. The Quakers edged them by two-tenths of a point after falling to each school during the regular season in dual-meet competition and at the Ivy Classic. The Bulldogs and Big Red finished in a fourth-place tie with 188.8 points. Towson repeated as champion with a 191.275, with William & Mary turning in a 190.350 for second place.
Several Quakers turned in all-ECAC performances, but sophomore Stephanie Ortiz highlighted the competition. She finished third in the all-around with a 38.35, and earned Penn’s top score on balance beam with a third-place 9.575. Both performances earned her first-team honors.
“We had a great meet,” said Head Coach Tom Kovic. “The way we bounced back after a tough season with all the injuries we had, it was wonderful.”
Freshmen Jordan Brewer (9.675) and Lauren Markowitz (9.650) finished fourth and fifth in the vault competition, respectively, and both were all-ECAC Second Team selections in that event. On floor, Emily Petkun had a 9.675, good for eighth place.
The Quakers will now wait and see who will qualify as individuals for the NCAA Regional championships on April 15th in Ann Arbor, Mich, Qualifiers will be released early next week.