PHILADELPHIA – The Penn gymnastics team heads down to Chapel Hill, N.C. this weekend to face North Carolina on Saturday afternoon. The dual will be the Quakers final one of the season, as well as the last meet before the ECAC Championships in Ithaca, N.Y. on March 23.
In their most recent meet, the Quakers scored their second-highest team score of the season, 193.000, and finished third at a quad-meet hosted by Penn State in State College, Pa. on March 9. Five Penn gymnasts set or tied at least one career high and another five set or tied at least one season high. Additionally, Megan Milavec (9.825), Kirsten Strausbaugh (9.800), Dana Bonincontri (9.800), Amanda Schlaefer (9.725) and Elyse Shenberger (9.625) combined for the third-highest overall score on beam in program history (48.775).
The Red and Blue competed against the Tar Heels once before in 2013 as the two teams opened their seasons on Jan. 13 at the GW Invitational in Washington, D.C. UNC Finished behind the first-place Colonials for second with a 192.950 and the Quakers placed fourth with a 189.575. Bonincontri led Penn on the day, finishing first on bars with a 9.875 – tied for the fifth-highest in program history – and fourth in the all-around with a 38.500.
North Carolina is coming off a 195.300 effort at a tri-meet against No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 8 Stanford. The Tar Heels placed third behind the Cardinal (196.000) and the first-place Sooners (197.525).
Saturday’s meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena.