PHILADELPHIA - After a record-setting day at the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational, Megan Milavec has been honored as the ECAC's weekly recipient of the Coaches Choice Award. During this past weekend's competition, Milavec broke her previous career-highs in three of the four individual events and her best All Around mark.
Milavec's highest score of the day came on the Floor Exercise, where she posted a 9.675, good enough for 14th place in the five-team meet. On the vault, Milavec, who was using a new routine, nailed the vault and stuck the landing, posting a career-high 9.600, which put her in 13th place at the end of the day in vault competition.
Milavec's highest place of the day came in the Uneven Parallel Bars where a third career-high, in as many events, placed her seventh overall for the competition with a final mark of 9.650. The only event in which the Quaker's sophomore did not break a career-high was the Balance Beam. Nevertheless, Milavec still had a strong showing in this event, just missing her season-high score in this event while finishing with a 9.550. This score put her in eighth place overall in the beam competition.
Summing up her scores, Milavec put together a career-high 38.475 in the All Around, which landed her in fifth place amongst eligible gymnasts.
In addition to Milavec's standout day in the gym, two other Quakers earned the distinction of having a top-three score around the ECAC for the week. Kirsten Strausbaugh earned the highest score in the Uneven Parallel Bars in the ECAC with her 9.800 during the weekend. Her mark also put her in first place at the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational. Strausbaugh would also end up in a tie at the end of the day with classmate Dana Bonincontri for the All Around. Both gymnasts posted All Around scores of 38.675, which was good enough for second place at meet in Towson. These marks were also tied for the second-highest in the ECAC for the week.
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Milavec, Strausbaugh, Bonincontri, and the rest of the Quakers will now look to carry the team's momentum into this weekend's competition as Penn is hosting the Ivy Classic on Sunday at 1 p.m. in The Palestra.