Gymnastics Looks To Defend ECAC Crown

The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team looks to defend its 2004 ECAC title on Saturday, March 26 at James Madison atnoon. The event will be the Quakers final event of the 2005 season.

Defending Their Title

On March 20, 2004, the Penn gymnastics team won its second ECAC title in program history, scoring a 193.650, the Quakers’ highest ECAC score and their highest score at home in program history.

At the meet, Jessica Fuerst placed second overall in two events, scoring new personal records on the bars (9.825) and the beam (9.875). Leah Moon placed third on the vault (9.700) and fifth on the beam (9.800) and Laura Duros tied for second in the floor exercise (9.875).

The Quakers scored the fifth-highest score in program history on the vault with a 47.975, the third-highest on the bars with a 48.550 and the fourth-highest score on the floor with a 49.000.

Last Time Out

On March 19, the Quakers defeated Cornell, 191.075 – 190.425 in Hutchinson Gymnasium. The win was the last home meet for five members of the Red and Blue. With the win, the Quakers finished undefeated at home in 2005.

Heading into the final rotation, Cornell was leading by a full point. However, a 9.850 on the floor by Emily Petkun, in addition to some Cornell stumbling on the beam, gave the Quakers the victory. Petkun finished the day in first place in the all-around, with a 9.525 on the vault, a 9.625 on the bars, 9.600 on the beam and the 9.850 on the floor.

Other highlights for the Quakers included a 9.700 for Leah Moon on the vault, a 9.825 by Christina Anzalone on the bars, Kimberly Chin’s 9.800 on the beam and Lex Chalat’s 9.775 on the floor to close out the regular season.