Penn Set for Big Early-Season Meet at Yale

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New Haven, Conn.- John J. Lee Amphitheatre

Jan. 20, 2006

THEMEET - Ivy Leaguefoes Penn and Yale pick up one of college gymnastics' oldest rivalries Saturday afternoon in New Haven. The two teams first meton Feb. 1,1974 and have continued their Ivy dominance since,combining for22 of the 29 Ivy Classic titles.

LAST YEAR - Penn and Yale did notface each otherin dual-meet action last season due to inclement weather. The two did meet twice, however. First, the Bulldogs captured the Ivy Classic in their home gym on Feb. 26 with a score of 191.525, besting Penn's 188.525. The Quakers then had revenge at the ECAC Championships on March 26, edging Yale for third place, 191.975 to 191.100.

ECAC HONORS - The meet will feature the two reigning ECAC honorees. Penn's Stephanie Ortiz was named ECAC Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around at Penn's home quad meet with a 37.900. Her performance also included a career high on the vault with a 9.600. Yale's Kim So was named ECAC Rookie of the Week following her fifth-place finish in the overall at the New England Invitational last Saturday.

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 last weekend. 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 - The meet pits two of the country's most experienced and successful coaches against each other. Penn's Tom Kovic, in his 19th season at Penn, is an exceptional 132-70 all-time, including 34-16 with the current senior class. His resume includes eight Ivy Classic titles (with four-straight from 1997-2000)and two ECAC Championships. Yale Head Coach Barbara Tonry has captured 14 Ivy Classic titles in her 33 years at the helm.

NEXT TIME OUT - Penn revisits New England for a dual meet at Rhode Island on Saturday, Jan. 28 at1 p.m.