Philadelphia, Pa.- The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team bounced back from a disappointing performance on the uneven bars to win its second meet of the week with a score of 189.275. Ursinus followed with a 182.875, West Chester was third with a 180.150 and Wilson fourth with a 175.075.
The Quakers (9-0)openedthe competition with a 47.775 on the vault. This was followed by a 45.650 on the uneven bars, the Quakers lowest total on that apparatuson the season. The Red and Blue dug down, however, and scored a 48.075 on the beam and 47.775 on the floor to take the meet.
"We are stillwaiting for a meet where we put everything together," said Head Coach TomKovic. "We had a couple of flawed performances (on the bars), but it is encouraging when the team is able to put that behind them and move into the next event and look to what the next opportunity is. They are able to maintain their composure and that pays big dividends."
Individually,the Quakers took the top three spots on the vault. Senior Laura Bouchelle led the way with a 9.675, freshman Kimberly Chin placed second with a 9.625 and senior Leah Moon was third with a 9.550. Despite not finishing the event the way they wanted to, the Quakers had the top four finishers on the bars. Chin won the event with a 9.675 while junior Emily Petkun placed second with a 9.500. Freshman Stephanie Ortiz and senior Lex Chalat placed third and fourth with scores of 9.450 and 9.375, respectively. Penn then swept the top five places on the beam. Freshman Kelly Sievert and Petkun tied for first with a 9.725. Chin placed third with a 9.600 while Ortiz and Chalat rounded out the Quakers performance with 9.575 and 9.450. Petkun then won the floor exercise with a 9.750 while Chalat finished second with a 9.625 and Moon placed third with a 9.600. Petkun also won the all-around competition with a score of 38.425.
The Quakers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 19 when they compete at the Towson Invitational in Towson, Md. The event begins at 2 p.m.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant