Gymnastics Returns to Action With Home Quad Meet

After a week-long hiatus due to inclement weather, the Red and Blue return to action on Saturday, Jan. 29 when they host URI, Wilson and West Chester in Hutchinson Gymnasium at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out

Junior Emily Petkun finished fourth in the all-around with a total score of 37.975 as the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team placed fourth at the George Washington Invitational with a score of 184.975 to open the 2005 season.

Petkun also turned in the Quakers’ best performance on the uneven bars with a 9.375 and on the beam, this time with a score of 9.625, which was good for third in the event. Senior Leah Moon finished fourth with a score of 9.575.

Junior Laura Duros turned in the top performance for the Red and Blue in the floor exercise with a 9.6 to tie for fifth. Freshman Kelly Sievert finished 10th in the event with a 9.5 in her first collegiate performance. Senior Laura Bouchelle was the Quakers’ highest scorer on the vault with a 9.675.

North Carolina finished first in the event for the second year in a row with a 190.85, followed by Towson (188.375), host George Washington (187), Penn, Temple (183.725), Cornell (183.425) and William & Mary (181.8).

The Series

The Quakers have a 22-3 advantage over West Chester and have won all meetings with Wilson, leading the all-time series, 8-0. When facing the Rams, Penn is 1-10.

Defending Their Title

The Quakers will look to defend their title as Ivy Classic Champions on Feb. 27 at Yale. The event begins at 1 p.m. The Red and Blue will also look to defend their 2004 ECAC title on March 26 at James Madison at 1 p.m.

Up Next ...

The Penn gymnastics team is next in action on Feb. 5 when they travel across town to take on Temple at noon. The home and home series continues four days later when the Quakers host Temple in Hutchinson Gymnasium at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant