Gymnastics Returns Home for Meet With Wilson

Penn (2-3)vs.Wilson (0-4)
Philadelphia, Pa. - Hutchinson Gymnasium

Feb. 3, 2006

THEMEET - Penn returns home after a two-meet road swing for a dual-meet with Wilson. The Quakers are looking to snap a two-meet losing streak while Wilson is still trying to pick up its first win of the 2006 season.

FAMILIAR FACES - If the Wilson line-up seems familiar to Penn fans, that's because the Phoenix visisted Hutch just three weeks ago in the Quakers' season-opening quad-meet. Friday's meet represents the second of three meetings between the two teams, as Wilson will once again visit Philadelphia on Feb. 18 for a quad-meet with James Madison and West Chester.

LAST WEEKEND - Penn lost its dual-meet with Rhode Island, 186.375 to 182.625, in Kingston. Penn suffered 14 falls out of 24 routines in the meet. Despite the team's loss, several individuals stood out. Penn senior Emily Petkunwon the all-around competition with a 37.4. Freshman Lauren Markowitz won the vault with a 9.450 while Kimberly Chin took second on the bars with a 9.700, just 0.05 points off her career-best. Petkun alsocaptured the balance beam with a 9.525

LASTMEETING - In the Jan. 14 quad meet, Penn defeated Wilson head-to-head, 186.500 to 162.475. The Quakers had an exceptional evening on the vault, scoring 48.3 en route to a second-place overall finish. Freshman Jordan Brewer finished second in the event with a9.725. Sophomore Stephanie Ortiz won the individual all-around with a 37.900.

THE OLD WITH THE NEW - Penn sports an intriguing lineup in 2006 that includes seven seniors and nine freshmen, with just three juniors and two sophomores in between. The returning seniors had strong showings in the season opener, including Emily Petkun coming in second in the all-around with a 37.875 and Laura Duros posting a 9.550 on beam. The freshman were equally impressive, as six competed and three put up scores over 9.5 on vault. Jordan Brewer came in second on vault with a 9.725, while Lauren Markowitz (9.675) and Kerri Lutfey (9.575) also had their scores count.

VAULTING AHEAD - With the strength of those freshmen, the Quakers figure to be very strong on vault this season after having their fifth-best showing ever in the event in the season-opener at Hutch. Their score of 48.075 was tied for fifth all-time with the team's performance at ECAC's last year. All of Penn's counted scores were over 9.500.

NEXT TIME OUT - Penn staysat Hutch Gym when it faces cross-city rival Temple on Feb. 8. Meet time is set for 6 p.m.