NEW HAVEN, CONN. – Penn gymnastics came up a few points short of its third consecutive Ivy Classic title on Saturday afternoon, scoring a 191.600 overall and placing third behind Cornell (193.025) and the 2013 champion Brown (193.925) - it was the first time since 1990 that the Bears had won the title. Highlighting the afternoon for the Quakers were Megan Milavec on beam, Kirsten Strausbaugh on bars and floor and Elyse Shenberger on bars.
The Red and Blue totaled a respectable 48.150 on vault, led by Carissa Lim’s season-high-tying 9.700, which good enough for sixth place. Emily Paterson (9.675) and Wynne Levy (9.650) placed 10th and 11th for Penn as well.
Strausbaugh and Shenberger dominated on bars for Penn, tying each other for second with a 9.800 – the score tied Shenberger’s career high and was Strausbaugh’s season high. Amber Hu was the next-highest finisher for the Quakers, placing 12th with a 9.625. The Red and Blue totaled 47.875.
Milavec starred on the balance beam and was crowned as the individual champion. The senior scored a career-high 9.900, which is tied for the third-best score in program history. Amanda Schlaefer tied for sixth place with a career-high 9.750 and Shenberger placed ninth with a 9.700. The Quakers total score on beam was 48.150.
Strausbaugh tied for second place on floor, scoring a 9.800, helping Penn to a 47.425 overall score. Milavec was the next-highest finisher for the Quakers, scoring a 9.600 and tying for 12th.
Penn will be back in action for a dual meet on March 3 in Collegeville, Pa. against Ursinus. The Quakers faced Ursinus earlier this season in a quad-meet at Rutgers in New Brunswick, N.J. on Jan. 19. The Red and Blue placed third with a 190.525 while Ursinus was right behind them in fourth with a 182.725.
1. Brown – 193.925
2. Cornell – 193.025
3. Penn – 191.600
4. Yale – 191.100
t-6. Carissa Lim – 9.700 (ties season-high)
10. Emily Paterson – 9.675
t-11. Wynne Levy – 9.650
15. Megan Milavec – 9.575 (season-high)
t-16. Elyse Shenberger – 9.550
t-16. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.550
t-2. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.800 (season-high)
t-2. Elyse Shenberger – 9.800 (ties career-high)
12. Amber Hu – 9.625
18. Amber Woo – 9.350
19. Megan Milavec – 9.300
22. Makeda Constable – 8.925
1. Megan Milavec – 9.900 (career-high, ties third-highest in program history)
t-6. Amanda Schlaefer – 9.750 (career-high)
t-9. Elyse Shenberger – 9.700
t-13. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.600
t-20. Keolamau Yee – 9.200
22. Makeda Constable – 9.150