Gymnastics Places Second at Towson, Two Quakers Make History

Towson, Md.- The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics teamrecordedits highest score of the season, a 190.125, to finish second at the 20th Annual Towson Invitational. Towson won the event with a 193.6, Temple finished third with a 188.025, Ursinus was fourth with a 184.8 and James Madison rounded out the competition with a 182.8. Two members of the Red and Blue made Penn gymnastics history by winning events in the competition.

"We had a really strong performance from everyone," said Head Coach Tom Kovic. "We are still waiting for everyone to be back in the lineup, but this performance gives us confidence going in to the Ivy Classic."

The Quakersscored a47.500 on the beam to open the competition. The Red and Blue followed up that performance with a 47.700in the floor exercise and a 47.325 on the vault. The Quakers concluded thecompetiton on the uneven bars, where they scored a 47.600.

Individually,junior Emily Petkun, the reigning ECACgymnast of theweek, won the all-around competition with a score of 38.3. With the win, Petkun became the first Penn gymnastin program history to win the event in an invitational competition. Senior Leah Moon also made Penn history by becoming the firstgymnast in program history to win an individual competition in such an event withher 9.75 score on the balance beam.

On the vault, Laura Bouchelle finished fifth with a score of 9.575. The Quakers also took the eighth, ninth and tenth places, withMoon, Kimberly Chin and Kara Dewhurst scoring 9.5. 9.475 and 9.4, respectively. On the bars, Petkun finished fifth with a 9.650 while Stephanie Ortiz finished ninth in the event with a 9.625. Petkun also finished fourthon the beam with a 9.675. On the floor, Kelly Sievert finished third with a score of 9.625 while Petkun,Lex Chalat and Moonfinished sixth, eighth and ninth with scores of 9.6, 9.575 and 9.55.

The Quakers return to action on Saturday, Feb.26 when theytravel to Yale to defend their title at the 2005 Ivy Classic. The event begins at 1 p.m.

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant