PHILADELPHIA - After winning three consecutive Ivy matchups, Gymnastics will look to carry its recent success outside of the Ivy League. The Quakers will get that opportunity Wednesday night in Hutchinson Gymnasium at 6 p.m. when they host a quad-meet against Wilson, West Chester, and Ursinus. The Quakers will be riding high coming into this meet after beating Cornell, which avenged an earlier loss to the Big Red at the Lindsay Ferris Invitational. The victory also snapped a seven-meet losing streak that Cornell previously maintained over Penn.
Wilson College, a team that does not have much recent history with Penn, picked up its first victory of the year against Rhode Island College two weeks ago. Wilson and Ursinus will be familiar with each other coming into this meet because these two teams have met twice already during the season. Ursinus took home the victories in both competitions.
Ursinus, a late entry to the field, comes into Wednesday night with three victories on the season. In addition to its wins over Wilson, Ursinus also defeated Springfield College at a quad-meet in West Chester. The team strength of Ursinus has been the Vault and Floor Exercise routines. Monica Durham and Danielle Michielli have been shown the ability to score high in these events for Ursinus.
The final team in the field, West Chester, comes into the meet with 4-5 record. West Chester will be familiar with Ursinus, as these two teams met in their first competition of the year with West Chester pulling out the victory. Despite their recent losses, West Chester has continued to improve its team score throughout the year. The team's high score of the season to date came on January 29, when it scored a 185.875 on its home floor. The Rams are lead by their Vault and Balance Beam routines, with Floor Exercise also being an event the team has scored well on. Amber Miller and Kaley LaFluer have been key contributors for West Chester.
The Quakers come into action Wednesday night following a record-breaking day both individually and as a team. As a whole, the Quakers recorded their highest team score of the year, 189.775. They also set their highest marks of the season on the Uneven Parallel Bars (47.000) and Balance Beam (47.625).Individually, Dana Bonincontri set the highest individual marks for the team this season with her Uneven Parallel Bars (9.850) and Balance Beam (9.775) routines. Both her beam and bar routines also broke career highs that she set a year ago. Her All Around (38.825) was also a team high and a new career-high as well.
In addition to Bonincontri, Megan Milavec also had a career day, setting new highs in the Uneven Parallel Bars (9.475) and Floor Exercise (9.625). Katie Graham also got in on the record-setting day, breaking her season-highs in both the Balance Beam (9.625) and Floor Exercise (9.425). In addition to winning the Floor Exercise, Kirsten Strausbaugh set a season-high in bars (9.700) and All Around (38.350). Keolamau Yee also tied her season-best mark in the Balance Beam (9.700) on Sunday.
Last season, the Quakers met up with Ursinus and West Chester twice during the regular season. A year ago, the Quakers won both matches against West Chester and split the matchups with Ursinus. Penn defeated West Chester at the Liberty Classic and in a home team competition last season. Ursinus got the better of Penn at the same Liberty Classic, but the Quakers would earn the season split at the Shelli Calloway Invitational.
Following wins over Yale and Cornell, Penn is currently unbeaten at home. The meet on Wednesday night will be the final home competition for the Quakers before the Ivy Classic at the end of February. This will be the first of two meeting for Penn and Ursinus on the year. Both squads will also be competing in the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational next weekend as well. Penn is not scheduled to compete with Wilson or West Chester for the remainder of the regular season.