PHILADELPHIA - Penn opens its 2008 women's gymnastics campaign on Saturday in Huthchinson Gym at 1 pm. Penn is coming off a 2007 season that saw an Ivy Classic win and two qualifiers for the 2007 NCAA Regionals. Rutgers travels to University City on the heels of a second-place finish in its season-opening tri-meet held in Rutgers' newly-renovated Livingston Recreation Center. The Scarlet Knights put up a score of 183.450, finishing second to New Hampshire (191.475) and ahead of Bridgeport (177.075).
Here are some notes on the Quakers as they begin 2008:
Penn returns ten letterwinners from last season.
The Quakers won their ninth Ivy Classic title last season. The championship was their first since 2004.
Sophomore Marissa Rosen finished tenth at the 2007 NCAA Northeast Regionals. She put together scores of 9.500 (bars), 9.650 (beam), 9.650 (floor) and 9.725 (vault).
At the Ivy Classic, Penn took home first place in two individual events. Rosen won the beam (9.750) and sophomore Lizzie Lowe was first in bars (9.750).
Rosen returns after completing one of the most impressive freshman seasons in Quaker history. She posted the second highest all-around score in school history when she totaled a 39.100 at the Cal Tri-Meet on 3/9/07. She also is tied for third all-time in the all-around with a score of 39.075 against Sacramento State on 3/4/07.
Rosen’s jump into the Penn’s record books was not limited to the all-around. She posted vault scores of 9.800 and 9.750 that are tied for second and fourth, respectively, in school history. In addition, she is tied for fourth (9.875) and fifth (9.850) in the floor exercise
As a team, Penn also posted some of its highest event scores in school history. The vault total of 48.175 at the Penn Quad Meet is tied for fourth all-time. The Quakers also scored their fifth highest total in the vault with a 48.100 at the Cal Tri-Meet. Against Cornell on March 24, 2007, Penn’s bars score of 48.650 entered the books as the third highest total in program record. The Quakers also finished the meet at Sacramento State with the third highest score in beam history with 48.750.
Senior Kimberly Chin recorded a personal-best on the bars with a 9.850 against Cornell.
Junior Jordan Brewer set two personal-bests in 2007, in the floor exercise (9.675) and the vault (9.775).
Lowe was also a NCAA Northeast Regional qualifier in the bars. She finished tied for 34th (9.300).
Junior Kerri Lutfey set two personal-bests in 2007 when she recorded scores of 9.725 on the floor and beam.