Quakers to Face Bulldogs in Ivy Opener

The defending Ivy Classic and ECAC Champion University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team opens the Ivy League season on Saturday, Jan. 22at 1 p.m. in Hutchinson Gymnasium.

Taking on the Bulldogs

On Jan. 25, 2004, the Quakers defeated the then defending Ivy Classic champion Yale Bulldogs, 190.05-188.65, at the Payne Whitney Gym. The score was the Quakers highest of the season in three competitions and was sparked by then season-high scores on the vault, uneven bars and floor.

Julie Kikla and Leah Moon started the Quakers off by scoring a meet-high 9.525 each on the vault to help Penn to a score of 47.425 in the event as well as giving the team the lead in the meet. The Quakers never relinquished the lead.

Emily Petkun won the all-around with a score of 38.450 to pace the Red and Blue to victory. The win marked the first time that the Quakers had defeated the Bulldogs head-to-head at Payne Whitney Gym. Penn currently holds a 16-41 record all-time versus Yale.

Last Time Out

Junior Emily Petkun finished fourth in the all-around with a total score of 37.975 as the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team placed fourth at the George Washington Invitational with a score of 184.975 to open the 2005 season on Jan. 15.

Petkun also turned in the Quakers best performance on the uneven bars with a 9.375 and on the beam, this time with a score of 9.625. That gave her third in the event and senior Leah Moon finished fourth with a score of 9.575.

Junior Laura Duros turned in the top performance for the Red and Blue in the floor exercise with a 9.6 to tie for fifth. Freshman Kelly Sievert finished 10th in the event with a 9.5 in her first collegiate performance. Senior Laura Bouchelle was the Quakers highest scorer on the vault with a 9.675.

North Carolina finished first in the event for the second year in a row with a 190.85, followed by Towson (188.375), host George Washington (187), Penn, Temple (183.725), Cornell (183.425) and William & Mary (181.8).