BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Gymnastics came into the USAG Collegiate Championships as the third-seeded team. On Friday night the team held that seed, scoring 193.475, in its third-best performance of the year. The Quakers recorded 48-plus scores on three of the four events, just missing that mark on balance beam. They were edged out for second by just over two-tenths of a point by Texas Women's (193.700). Bridgeport (195.575) took home the top team honors, while Air Force (191.075) finished in fourth.
Individually, Dana Bonincontri led the Penn scorers in each of the four events. She finished the night with an all-around mark of 39.225, which would have tied the program record coming into this weekend. However, she broke that mark in her opening night performance. Kirsten Strausbaugh finished as Penn's second scorer in two of the four events, while tying with Bonincontri on floor, and was the third scorer in the fourth event. She totaled an all-around of 38.975, breaking her career high for the second consecutive evening.
The Quakers got off to the quick start beginning on their most consistent event of the year, the uneven bars. Penn tallied 48.3 on the event in the first rotation; the eighth-straight meet the team has gone 48-plus this season. In this event, Bonincontri led all gymnasts on the night with a 9.8 to give Penn its first champion of the weekend on an event during a session. Strausbaugh gave the Quakers a pair of top-three finishers with her 9.775 in her third-place routine.
Laura DiPaolo added another top-10 placer in the final uneven bars routine of her career, scoring 9.65 and finishing and in ninth overall. Makeda Constable, 12th place, added a 9.55 for Penn's fourth score on the event, while Amber Woo finished in 16th with a 9.525 for Penn's fifth mark. Megan Milavec scored 9.425 to round out the bars team.
On beam, Bonincontri finished fourth overall with a 9.775. Strausbaugh finished in 11th with a 9.625, and right behind her was Constable with a 9.625. Milavec gave Penn its fourth score in the event with a 9.425, while Katie Graham posted a 9.4 for the final counting score. Woo finished with an even nine for the sixth score in the event.
Moving over to floor, the Quakers just continued their momentum that got rolling at the ECAC Championships, scoring 48.65 on Friday, its third-highest score of the season. All of these three scores have come during the last three team competition days. Just like Thursday night, Bonincontri and Strausbaugh posted identical scores of 9.85. Tonight, that mark placed the two juniors sixth overall.
Woo rebounded from her beam routine by just missing a career high, scoring 9.775, and finishing this event in 12th overall. Her classmate, Constable gave the Quakers their fourth score with a 9.6. In her final collegiate competition, Graham posted her highest score of the night, 9.575, to finish in 19th-place on floor, while Milavec scored 9.525.
In its final team rotation of the year, Penn posted its third-highest team vault in program history, scoring 48.65. Bonincontri turned in another top-five performance on this event with a 9.8. In what could have been her final collegiate vault, DiPaolo posted a 9.75, which is tied for the 14th-best vault in the program's history. She finished this meet in seventh.
Milavec posted a career-high 9.7 for the Quakers' third score on the vault. Her career best placed her just outside of the top-10 in 11th-place overall. She tied her classmate, Strausbaugh, in this slot. Woo capped off her first season at Penn with a 9.675 on vault, placing her 15th at the end of the night. Wynne Levy scored 8.975 to round out the vault team.
In the all-around, Bonincontri captured the title with a 39.225. This mark would have tied the school record coming into the weekend, but Bonincontri broke that mark last evening. For the second straight night, Strausbaugh posted a career high in the all-around, scoring 38.975, and finishing in fourth. Milavec finished her meet with a 38.075 and fifth-place finish, while Woo was right behind her with a 37.975.
Penn will now put a wrap on its record-breaking season tomorrow afternoon with the individual event finals. The Quakers currently have six spots qualified with two more alternates waiting for their chance if somebody is unable to compete. Bonincontri will, in essence, compete in the all-around for the third consecutive day after she qualified in all four events on Friday. Strausbaugh qualified in both the uneven bars and floor exercise. She is also currently an alternate on the beam. DiPaolo is a current alternate on the vault.
The event finals will get started tomorrow at 1 p.m. Everybody that qualified for the event finals has earned first-team USAG All-America status in those events, while the alternates are given second-team USAG All-America status. Bonincontri, Strausbaugh and Milavec also earned first-team USAG All-America status in the all-around after each placed in the top eight overall on Thursday.
1. Bridgeport - 195.575
2. Texas Women's - 193.70
3. Penn - 193.475
4. Air Force - 191.075
Uneven Bars -48.300 (Eighth straight meet scoring 48-plus, 11 of 13 meets overall this year)
1. Dana Bonincontri - 9.800
3. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.775
9. Laura DiPaolo - 9.650
12. Makeda Constable - 9.550
16. Amber Woo - 9.525
20. Megan Milavec - 9.425
Floor Exercise - 48.650 (Third-highest score of the season)
6. Dana Bonincontri - 9.850 (Ties her career high from last evening)
6. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.850
12. Amber Woo - 9.775
18. Makeda Constable - 9.600
19. Katie Graham - 9.575
20. Megan Milavec - 9.525
Vault - 48.650 (Third-highest score in program history)
5. Dana Bonincontri - 9.800 (Sixth-best vault in program history)
7. Laura DiPaolo - 9.775 (14th-best vault in program history)
11. Megan Milavec - 9.700 (Career high)
11. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.700
15. Amber Woo - 9.675
23. Wynne Levy - 8.975
1. Dana Bonincontri - 39.225 (Ties old school record that she broke yesterday)
4. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 38.975 (Breaks career high for second straight night)
5. Megan Milavec - 38.075
6. Amber Woo - 37.975