Penn Gymnastics Heads to Colorado

The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team looks to continue the success thatit has seenthis seasonin Colorado this weekend. The Quakers will be at the Air Force Academy on Thursday at 7 p.m. MST and at Denver with Air Force on Saturday at 6 p.m. MST.

Last Time Out
On Feb. 26, the Penn gymnastics team finished in third place at the Ivy Classic held at Yale.The Quakers scored a 188.525 in the event. Yale won the Classic with a score of 191.525, Cornell placed second with a 189.075 and Brown finished fourth with a 186.050. The Quakers were the 2004 Ivy Classic Champions.

Individually, Laura Bouchelle won the vault with a 9.650. Leah Moon finished fifth in the same event with a 9.525. On the bars, Kara Dewhurst finished second with a 9.800, her highest score of the season. Another brigh spot for the Quakers was the performance of freshman Kimberly Chin, who finished fourth on the bars with a 9.750 and fourth on the beam as the Quakers highest finisher in the event with a 9.600. On the floor, Emily Petkun finished fifth with a 9.625. She also finished third in the all-around competition with a score of 37.250.

The Series
Air Force holds a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs. Denver also holds a 1-0 advantage.

Coming Home
Senior tri-captain Lex Chalat is returning home to Colorado. She hails from Boulder, Colo., and was an individual state champion while at Boulder High School as well as being a member of the team state champions in 1998 and 1999. As a member of the Red and Blue, Chalat is currently ranked 28th in the Northeast Region in the floor exercise and eighth in the ECAC in the same event. She holds the fifth-best score in program history in the floor exercise with a 9.850.

Being Honored
Freshman Kimberly Chin was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s Gymnastics Rookie of the Week for the week ending Feb. 27. The honor came after an outstanding performance by Chin at the 2005 Ivy Classic, held at Yale on Feb. 26. She finished in fourth place on the uneven bars with a score of 9.750, a new career-high and also tied a career-high on the beam, scoring a 9.600. She was the highest Penn finisher on the apparatus and placed fourth in the event.

Defending Their Title
The Red and Blue will look to defend their 2004 ECAC crown on March 26 at James Madison at 1 p.m.

Up Next ...
The Penn gymnastics team is next in action onSaturday, March 19 when they host Cornell in Hutchinson Gymnasium at 1 p.m.

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant