SHREVEPORT, LA. – The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team saw its hopes for advancing to the USAG team finals for a second straight season fall short on Friday night despite an outstanding team performance. The Quakers placed fourth in the second session of competition - fifth overall - scoring their third highest overall score of the season at 193.350. The Red and Blue were very strong on all four events, but despite a few astounding beam performances, they could not put it together as a team in the event.
Penn dominated on vault, scoring a season-high 48.400 as a team, which also tied for the fifth-best score in program history. Dana Bonincontri, competing in the all-around for this first time since Jan. 27, led the way in this event – she tied for third with a 9.775. Carissa Lim was next, and the freshman turned in a career-high-tying 9.750 for a fifth-place finish. Kirsten Strausbaugh set a new season high when she tied for ninth at 9.700. Megan Milavec did the same when she tied for 18th at 9.600.
The Red and Blue was a step above the competition during bars. Penn scored a season-high 48.875 as a team which is the second best score in program history. Bonincontri and Milavec led the way as the senior duo tied for first place at 9.800 – Milavec also tied her career high with the performance. Strausbaugh and Elyse Shenberger were the next two highest-finishing Quakers, tying for fifth at 9.775. Amber Woo tied for 12th as the sophomore set a new career high with a 9.725 as well.
On floor, the Quakers performed well once again, scoring a 48.675 which was their second highest team score on the event this season. Strausbaugh led the way as the senior tied for third with a 9.825. Bonincontri was the next-highest finisher with a season-high 9.800 to tie for seventh. Additionally, Milavec (9.725) tied for 16th, Kaitlyn Reszkowski (9.700) tied for 20th and Lim (9.625) tied for 26th.
Penn had two exceptional individual performances from its two top finishers on beam – unfortunately the rest of the lineup was unable to replicate their success. Strausbaugh placed second in the event with a career-high 9.900 which also ties for the third-highest score in program history. Amanda Schlaefer turned in another huge performance after placing third at the ECACs. The sophomore scored a career-high 9.825 to tie for sixth.
As for the all-around totals, Strausbaugh led the way for all Quakers placing second with a career-high 39.200 – it was the fourth-highest score in program history. Bonincontri placed fourth with a 38.850 and Milavec tied for 10th at 38.225.
Unfortunately Penn will not be competing Saturday night in the team finals, but a few of the individuals - Strausbaugh, Bonincontri, Milavec and Lim - will await the chance to compete in the individual finals on Sunday afternoon after their standout showings on Friday night.
1. Bridgeport – 195.450
2. Centenary – 193.975
3. Seattle Pacific – 193.900
4. Penn – 193.350 (Third Highest Score of the Season)
Vault – 48.400 (Season High; Ties for the Fifth-Best Score in Program History)
t-3. Dana Bonincontri – 9.775
5. Carissa Lim – 9.750 (Ties Career high)
t-9. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.700 (Season High)
t-18. Megan Milavec – 9.600 (Ties Season High)
t-20. Wynne Levy – 9.575
t-23. Emily Paterson – 9.550
Bars – 48.875 (Season High; Second Best Score in Program History)
t-1. Dana Bonincontri – 9.800
t-1. Megan Milavec – 9.800 (Ties Career High)
t-5. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.775
t-5. Elyse Shenberger – 9.775
t-12. Amber Woo – 9.725 (Career High)
32. Amber Hu – 7.950
Beam – 47.700
2. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.900 (Career High, Ties for the Third-Highest Score in Program History)
t-6. Amanda Schlaefer – 9.825 (Career High)
25. Dana Bonincontri – 9.475
t-28. Megan Milavec – 9.100
t-28. Elyse Shenberger – 9.100
t-28. Amber Hu – 9.100
Floor – 48.675 (Second Highest of the Season)
t-3. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.825
t-7. Dana Bonincontri – 9.800 (Season High)
t-16. Megan Milavec – 9.725
t-20. Kaitlyn Reszkowski – 9.700
t-26. Carissa Lim – 9.625
31. Elyse Shenberger – 9.150