PHILADELPHIA Penn posted a 192.125 on Saturday, their highest team score in almost a year (192.950 at Sacramento St. 3/4/07). While the score was not good enough for the win N.C. State scored 195.025 and Towson scored 193.475 it did continue Penn’s streak of improving their team score. Since the season-low of 183.775 at Yale on January 26, the Red and Blue have increased their team total every meet. Last week at the Ivy Classic, Penn scored a 188.025. Today, the Quakers jumped up four points. Over the last five meets, the Quakers have added 8.250 to their team score.
Head coach John Ceralde feels that this is a case of his squad fulfilling its potential rather than a sudden burst of success.
“I think the scores today are reflective of what these girls can do when they are healthy,” he said. “They have found their rhythm and are going all-out each time they compete. In fact, I think these scores will get higher over the final month of the season.”
Two Penn gymnasts combined for a total of three personal-bests today. Jordan Brewer surpassed two of her previous high scores. She scored 9.775 on floor, which erases her previous high of 9.7, and she scored 9.725 on bars which shatters her previous high of 9.5.
Elise Bowe also set a personal best on floor, scoring a 9.625 to bypass her previous high of 9.6.
Marissa Rosen finished in third place in the all-around with a 38.925, only .525 behind top finisher Taylor Seaman of N.C. State. Rosen’s 9.850 on the floor was also good for third place. She also had a 9.700 on vault.
“Marissa had a very good day all-around,” Ceralde said. “Her floor routine was amazing today and she has become very consistent on bars. I know she wanted to bounce back from the Ivy Classic and she did that and more today.”
Brewer also had a strong all-around, finishing fifth with a 38.850. Included in the score was a 9.700 on vault to go with her two personal bests.
“Jordan had been struggling a little bit as of late,” Ceralde said. “Today was a huge boost for her confidence. She really competed hard and earned every score she got today.”
Other high scores for Penn on Saturday came from senior co-captains Kimberly Chin (9.775 on bars a season-high) and Stephanie Ortiz on floor (9.700).
The Quakers are off until March 12 when they travel to Williamsburg, Va. for a tri-meet with William & Mary and Towson at 7 p.m.