PHILADELPHIA - The gymnastics team returns to action on Friday against Towson fresh off of the first Ivy Classic title for the Quakers since 2007. The Quakers scored 191.950 last weekend, which tied the season-high score that they had set the previous meet in the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational at Towson. Penn will be looking to carry that success into Friday against an always talented Towson squad that is the six-time defending ECAC Champions.
Penn certainly has no easy task at hand if it wants to remain undefeated in its home gym this season with the Tigers bringing a 14-1 mark into Hutchinson. Towson's only defeat came at the hands of Maryland back on January 21. Nevertheless, the Quakers came close against Towson in the two team's only meeting so far this season.
Finishing first and second at the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational two weeks ago, Towson needed a come from behind victory to take down Penn at the Towson Center. Penn would put up spectacular showing, but Towson would edge the Quakers in the final rotation of the day 192.425-191.950.
The Quakers will now have a chance to make up that small margin this Friday in their home gym. Penn will certainly have confidence and momentum on its side with the success that the team has enjoyed
All of their work came together this past weekend at the Ivy Classic. The Quakers placed all three of their All Around performers in the top three, led by overall champion, Kirsten Strausbaugh, who was followed by Megan Milavec in second and Dana Bonincontri in third.
Highlighting Strausbaugh's performance was her career-best floor exercise which gave her the event victory. Bonincontri also picked up an event victory with her career-high in the Vault. She also led the Quaker gymnasts in the bars competition with her third place finish. Freshman Keolamau Yee also made the most of her first Ivy Classic, finishing second in the Balance Beam.
The meet between Towson and Penn gets underway at 7 p.m. on Friday and will be back in Hutchinson Gymnasium. Penn and Towson will also be competing together at the ECAC Championships later this month. This upcoming matchup with Towson will be the Quakers second to last home meet of the season. Their last home meet will be on Sunday, March 13.