PHILADELPHIA - Keolamau Yee has been named ECAC Co-Rookie of the week after helping Penn capture its first Ivy Classic victory since the 2007 season. In the Ivy Classic, Yee competed in both the Balance Beam and Floor Exercise for the Quakers, finishing on the Podium in the Balance Beam and just missing the medal stand on the Floor Exercise. Both of her scores on the day were season-highs for her freshman campaign.
On the Balance Beam, Yee was once again solid as always, scoring a 9.775 to finish the Ivy Classic in second place on the beam. Yee had scored a 9.700 in three previous meets throughout the season. Her 9.775 gives her a score of at least 9.7 on the beam in four of the team's seven competitions to date. Yee is currently ranked sixth in the ECAC in the Balance Beam with an average of 9.661. Her mark on the beam was also the second highest in the ECAC for the week. All three of the highest scores on beam for the conference this week happened at the Ivy Classic.
Moving over to the floor, Yee set another season-high mark with a 9.675. She has also been very consistent in her floor routine, scoring at least 9.575 in five of her seven meets this season. She is currently ranked 15th in the ECAC in the floor.
As evidenced by the team tying its season-high score in the Ivy Classic, Yee was not the only Quaker who found herself scoring very high this weekend. Kirsten Strausbaugh's career-best 9.850 in the Floor Exercise was the best in the ECAC for the week. Strausbaugh is currently ranked third in the ECAC in floor exercise and 13th throughout the North East Region. Her 38.600 in the All Around was also good for the second-highest mark in the ECAC this week. Currently, she is ranked third in the ECAC in the All Around and ninth in the region.
Yee, Strausbaugh, and the rest of the Quakers will get back in the gym this Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown with six-time defending ECAC Champions Towson. Including the meet with Towson, the Quakers will have two more home meets before they prepare the postseason.
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