Gymnastics Looks to Continue Season Success at Temple

The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team looks to continue the success thatit has seen so far this season at Temple on Saturday, Feb. 5 at noon.

Last Time Out
On Jan. 29, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team swept the University of Rhode Island, West Chester and Wilson in its first home quad meet of the season in Hutchinson Gymnasium. The Quakers finished the day with 189.875 points, followed by Rhode Island with 181.500, West Chester with 179.125 points and Wilson 170.625.

The Quakers won three events as well as the all-around, including sweeping the top five spots on the balance beam and the uneven bars on the day. Emily Petkun placed first in the floor exercise with a score of 9.675 while teammates Lex Chalat and Laura Duros placed second and third with scores of 9.650 and 9.625, respectively. Petkun also won the all-around competition with a score of 37.725.

Penn broke away from the competition in the second rotation, when all five Quaker scores were the highest of the day on the bars.Stephanie Ortiz, in her collegiate home debut, scored a 9.675to win the event. The Red and Bluecarried the confidence fromits bars performace into the beam where they once again swept the top five spots on the day. Duros finished first with a 9.750 while Leah Moon came in second with a 9.7.In the Quakers first event of the day, Laura Bouchelle finished second on the vault with a score of 9.475. Dewhurst finished fifth in the event with a score of

The Series
Temple holds a 39-15 mark in the all-time series between the two teams. Last season the Quakers and the Owls faced each other three times. The Owls finished just ahead of the Red and Blue at the George Washington Invitational, 189.250 to 189.075. They then defeated the Quakers, 189.775-189.175 on Feb. 5. However, the Quakers came back three days later to defeat the Owls in Hutchinson Gym, 192.725-190.450. Laura Duros scored a meet-high 9.9 on the vault to place first and Emily Petkun won the all-around with a score of 38.6 to pace the Penn victory. Earlier this season, Penn placed ahead of Temple at the George Washington Invitational with184.975 points to 183.725 points.

Defending Their Title
The Quakers will look to defend their title as Ivy Classic Champions on Feb. 27 at Yale. The event begins at 1 p.m. The Red and Blue will also look to defend their 2004 ECAC crown on March 26 at James Madison at 1 p.m.

Up Next ...
The Penn gymnastics team is next in action on Wednesday, Feb. 9 when the Quakers continue the home and home series by hosting Temple in Hutchinson Gymnasium at 6 p.m.

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant