Gymnastics Travels to Rhode Island For Weekend Meet

Penn (2-2)atRhode Island(1-2)
Kingston, R.I. - Mackal Field House

Jan. 28, 2006

THEMEET - Penn revisits New England Saturday for a dual meet at Rhode Island. The Quakers are 2-2 this season following a close loss to Yale last weekend. Penn led after two rotations, but Yale fought back on beam and floor to win, 187.675 to 187.075. Rhode Island also suffered a loss last weekend, dropping its dual meet with Pitt 188.500-185.575.

AN OLD RIVAL - The Quakers continued one of the oldest rivalries in collegiate gymnastics last weekend when they visited Yale. Penn had solid performances on vault and floor, scoring 47.375 and 46.825, respectively, but fell behind on beam with a 46.200. Several Quakers had standout performances, however. Freshman Stefanie Navarro highlighted the day with her 9.625 on beam, while seniorEmily Petkun equaled that score on floor. Freshman Kerri Lutfey scored a 9.5 on vault, while sophomore Stephanie Ortiz was the top Quaker on bars with a 9.55.

LAST YEAR - Penn and Rhode Island squared off nearly a year ago to the day as the Rams visited Hutchinson Gymnasium on Jan. 29 as part of a quad meet.The Quakers walked away with a 189.875 to 181.500 victory. Penn dominated the floor exercise as Emily Petkun won theevent with a 9.675while Lex Chalat C'05 and Laura Duros placed second and third.Petkun also captured the all-around with a 37.725. Rhode Island, however, came out on top in the second meeting of the two teams at ECAC Championships. URI was the runner-up in that competition, scoring a 192.225 to edge Penn's 191.975.

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.

THE COACHES - Penn's Tom Kovic, in his 19th season at Penn, is an exceptional 132-71 all-time, including 34-17 with the current senior class. His resume includes eight Ivy Classic titles (with four-straight from 1997-2000)and two ECAC Championships. URI Head Coach.Chelle Kassabian is in her second season after spending nine years as the Rams' assistant coach. She has helped the team to the NCAA Championships in seven of her nine seasons, and in her first year at the helm in 2005 the Rams were ECAC runners-up.

NEXT TIME OUT - Penn returns home for two meets, facing off against Wilson on Feb. 3 and Temple on Feb. 8. Both meets are set for 6 p.m.