Gymnastics Heads to Williamsburg

PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off their highest score of the season, the Quakers travel to Williamsburg, Va. on Wednesday for a tri-meet with host William & Mary as well as Towson. Action begins at 7 p.m.

The Red and Blue posted a score of 192.125 in their last meet, good enough for a third-place finish at a quad meet hosted by the Quakers. This will be the fourth time that Penn and Towson compete in the same venue in 2008. The Quakers hope to stop the skid they are on against the Tigers as Towson has scored higher than Penn in each of the three previous meetings this season.

Last time out, Penn had several gymnasts set or tie career and season bests. Jordan Brewer continued her stellar junior campaign with two personal bests. She surpassed her previous highs in both floor (9.775) and bars (9.725). Her score on bars shattered her former high score which was 9.5. her performance was impressive enough to earn recognition as co-Gymanst of the Week in the ECAC.

Freshman Elise Bowe also set a new career-high with a 9.625 on floor.

Senior co-captain Stephanie Ortiz was named co-Coaches Choice of the Week on the strength ofa day where she set three season-bests including a career-high on bars with a 9.650. The other events in which she set season-bests were floor (9.700) and beam (9.650).

With three meetings already in 2008, the Quakers know Towson very well. The 193.475 that the Tigers posted as a team at Penn's quad meet on 3/1 is their best team score of the season. The Tigers are 12-6 in '08 and have won three-straight ECAC championships. Seniors Christina Ghani and Decilia Willacy lead the squad and are both capable of winning the all-around at any time. Jackie Schweitzer set the school record for points in a single season as a freshman and has continued her success into her sophomore campaign.

William & Mary will be hosting its first meet of the season and hopes to put on a show for the home crowd. The Tribe found most success this season at the Liberty Classic hosted by Temple in February, finishing first at the event. Their highest team score came on 2/26 when they scored 189.625 at the Sweetheart Invitational at N.C. State to finish in fourth place. Tricia Long and Stevie Waldman are tied for the top all-around score at 38.450. Waldman has highs of 9.800 on both bars and beam. Long's 9.625 on vault and 9.750 on floor are also the team-highs in 2008.

After the meet tonight in Williamsburg, the Quakers are back in action at home in Hutchinson Gym on Mar. 19 against Rhode Island in the final home meet for senior captains Kimberly Chin and Stephanie Ortiz.