Gymnastics Opens up Home Slate with Yale Saturday

PHILADLEPHIA – After placing third last weekend in their first meet of the 2007 season, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team will look to rebound this weekend when they host Yale at Hutchinson Gym. Yale is coming off a fourth-place finish last weekend against Rutgers, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Last Friday, the Quakersplacedbehind Maryland and Towsonwith 181.825 points, whichwere not enough to upstage the Terps, (191.750), or the Tigers, (189.225). Freshman Marissa Rosen highlighted Penn’s night in her collegiate debut, finishing second in the all-around with a score of 37.875. Junior Stephanie Ortiz placed seventh with a 35.525.

The Bulldogs finished fourth (185.325), just behind Rhode Island’s 186.525 total points. Yale’s Miki Seltzer won the floor competition with a score of 9.625. She was the only Yale gymnast to finish in the top three in any of the four individual events.

Last season, Penn narrowly lost to Elis last season, 187.075 to 187.675. But the Quakers exacted revenge, finishing second at the Ivy Classic with 188.05 points, just ahead of Yale’s 187.675. At the ECAC Championships, the Red and Blue finished third with 189.050 points, two spots ahead of Yale (188.80).

Yale holds the all-time series lead 17-44.