PHILADELPHIA - The Penn gymnastics team won its ninth Ivy Classic Sunday with a 191.550 final score. The Quakers edged Cornell, which finished second (190.600), Yale, which finishedthird (190.550) and Brown, whichcame infourth (186.975). This is Penn’s first title since 2004 and first for head coach John Ceralde.
The Quakers (11-5) held the lead for three of four rotations and got things started with a solid performance on the bars. Penn had the meet's highest score with a 48.275. The Red and Blue took four of the top five scores, led by Lizzie Lowe’s 9.775. Kimberly Chin (9.725), Marissa Rosen (9.700) and Stephanie Ortiz (9.625) all finished in the top five.
Penn had a solid performance on the beam, scoring a 47.800. Rosen had the meet's high score with a 9.750. Ortiz came in third with a 9.725. Despite Penn's strong performance in the second rotation, Yale took the lead with its vault performance.
The Red and Blue regained the lead for good on the floor. The Quakersscored a 48.200 to give themselves a slight advantage over Yale. Rosen took the second-best score with a 9.775.
In the final rotation, Penn scored a 47.275 to ice the victory and score their highest total score of the season. In the all-around competition, Rosen finished second with a 38.925. Ortiz placed fourth with a 37.975.
Penn returns to action next Sunday for their first of two meets during Spring Break. Penn faces host Sacramento State at 2 p.m.