PHILADELPHIA Penn heads to Ithaca, N.Y. this weekend for a gymnastics meet with Ivy League rival Cornell. The Quakers enter the meet looking for their first win of the 2008 season. Their 0-3 record includes losses to Rutgers, Towson and Yale. The Big Red have had one dual meet in ’08, defeating Cortland St., 185.150 183.500, last weekend.
While the team has yet to break into the win column, the Quakers have seen individuals perform at a high level all season. Three women have been recognized by the ECAC for their performances so far in 2008. Most recently, Jordan Brewer was named co-Coach’s Choice of the Week for the period ending January 30. In the meet against Yale, she extended her three-meet winning streak in the vault with a 9.575. She also tied for first on the beam with a 9.625. Other Quakers that have been honored so far include sophomore Marissa Rosen (Gymnast of the Week 1/13) and junior Kerri Lutfey (Specialist of the Weet 1/13).
Cornell has seen freshman Irene Leung acclimate herself well to collegiate competition, winning two events in last week’s meet bars (9.400) and vault (9.55) on her way to an all-around win (37.725). Junior Stacey Ohara, the reigning ECAC beam champion, is coming off a win on the beam (9.625).
This meet will provide both teams with a gauge as to where they stand heading into the Ivy Classic, also at Cornell, on February 24.