Penn Looks For Temple Sweep

The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team looks to continue the success thatit has seen so far this seasonwhenit hosts Temple in Hutchinson Gymnasium on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.

Last Time Out
On Feb. 6, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team continued its winning ways, posting a 188.300 score to win the tri-meet at Temple. Temple finished with a 186.725 to place second while Ursinus finished third with a 178.200.

The Quakers fell behind in the first two events of the day. Temple won the vault with a score of 46.600 to the Quakers 46.450 and then went on to win the uneven bars with a 47.900. However, the Red and Blue bounced back, earning a 46.275 on the beam and a 48.800 on the floor to capture the meet.

Individually,senior Leah Moon won the vault with a 9.475 and the beam with a 9.525. Junior Emily Petkun won the floor event with a 9.875.Freshman Kimberly Chin tied for second on the uneven bars with a 9.600. On the beam, junior Laura Duros finished tied for second place with a 9.500, Petkun placed fourth with a 9.250 and Chin was fifth with a 9.150. Duros and Chalat followed Petkun on the floor, finishing second with a 9.825 and third with a 9.750, respectively.

The Series
Temple holds a 39-16 mark in the all-time series between the two teams. Last season the Quakers and the Owls faced each other three times. The Owls finished just ahead of the Red and Blue at the George Washington Invitational, 189.250 to 189.075. They then defeated the Quakers, 189.775-189.175 on Feb. 5. However, the Quakers came back three days later to defeat the Owls in Hutchinson Gym, 192.725-190.450. Laura Duros scored a meet-high 9.9 on the vault to place first and Emily Petkun won the all-around with a score of 38.6 to pace the Penn victory. Earlier this season, Penn placed ahead of Temple at the George Washington Invitational with184.975 points to 183.725 points and the Quakers won the first head-to-head meeting between the two teams on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Defending Their Title
The Quakers will look to defend their title as Ivy Classic Champions on Feb. 27 at Yale. The event begins at 1 p.m. The Red and Blue will also 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, Feb. 12 when they host Ursinus, West Chester and Wilson in Hutchinson Gymnasium at 1 p.m.

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant