Gymnastics Downs Southern Connecticut on Senior Night
PHILADELPHIA - Gymnastics sent the Class of 2012 out with a bang in the final home meet of the senior's regular season. Dana Bonincontri won three events, plus the all-around to help pace Penn at the meet. The Class of 2012 also had solid showings from Katie Graham on three events, Rebecca Engberg and Laura DiPaolo on two events, and Claire Stingley on floor.
Despite using one gymnast in each event for the first time this season, the Quakers still nearly eclipsed the 191 mark inside Hutchinson Gymnasium. In the process, the Quakers improved to 4-1 inside their home gym this season.
On vault, it was senior Laura DiPaolo who led the way on Senior Night. She scored a 9.6 to finish the meet as the runner-up overall in the event. Placing right behind her was Bonincontri who scored 9.525 to finish the meet in third place. Megan Milavec gave Penn a trio of top-five finishes with a fifth place finish, scoring 9.425 on her vault.
Placing just outside of the top-five was Graham, another senior on the Penn squad. She scored 9.4 to finish in sixth place overall. Competing on vault for the first time this season, Diana Moock scored a 9.275 to give Penn its fifth score in the meet. This mark was good enough for a ninth place finish. Wynne Levy rounded out the vault team.
On the uneven bars, Penn went over the 48-point mark for the sixth time this season and third straight meet. All six of these meets have come in the past seven meets. Bonincontri picked up the first of her three wins posting her third-best score of the season, 9.775. Freshman Makeda Constable broke her season high by nearly a tenth, scoring 9.725 to finish in second place overall. Milavec scored a 9.650 to finish the meet in third place overall, giving Penn the top-three spots.
DiPaolo scored a 9.625 in her bars routine on senior night, finishing the meet in fourth place overall as Penn would wind up taking the top-four spots in total. Amber Woo nearly made it a perfect five-for-five atop the event standings, but just missed out, scoring 9.475 to finish in sixth place. Penn's sixth score in the meet, was good enough for seventh place overall. Engberg scored a 9.4 on her first official bars routine of the season to earn this mark.
On the balance beam, Bonincontri captured her second event, scoring a 9.75. This mark shared the top honors with freshman Amber Woo, who just barely missed out on a personal season high. Constable gave Penn all of the top-three finishers on this event as well, scoring 9.6 to finish right behind the tie for first.
Graham added another six place finish to her night with a 9.55 on her beam routine, which was good enough for sixth place overall at the end of the completion. Megan Milavec gave the Quakers their fifth score on the event, scoring 9.025. For the first time in her Penn career, Haleigh Zillges competed on the beam. She scored a 8.125 in the first official completion of her Penn career.
Finishing up on the floor exercise, Bonincontri did what she had done on the previous two events, capturing her third event title of the evening. She scored a 9.75 on her floor routine to the lead the way for the Quakers. Freshman Kaitlyn Reszkowski scored a season-high 9.625. Her personal best was good enough for the third-best score on floor at the meet.
Competing on floor for the first time since her freshman year, Engberg posted Penn's third-best score of the afternoon on the event. She scored a 9.525, which was good enough for sixth place on the floor. Right behind her was her classmate Graham. She finished the meet in seventh place overall, scoring a season-best 9.5 in her third meet on floor this season. Nicki Valenti recorded the fifth-best score for the floor team, scoring 9.25, and finishing 10th overall. On senior night, Stingley also set a season high, scoring 8.875 to round out the floor team.
With her three event titles, Bonincontri easily took home the all-around total with a combined score of 38.8 in her four events. This marked the third-best all-around score of the season for her and was also her third time that she has won the all-around at the meet this season.
The Quakers will now be on the road in their final two meets leading up to the ECAC championships. They will be back in action next Sunday, March 11, at Maryland. The ECAC Championships will be in three weekends.
Uneven bars (48.250)
Balance Beam (47.675)