PHILADELPHIA - Penn Gymnastics should certainly have plenty of momentum heading into next week's ECAC Championships after recording its third-best team score of the season on its way to finishing in third-place overall at its final home competition of the year. Temple edged out Penn for second by less than one-tenth of a team point. Individually, Keolamau Yee finished first in the Balance Beam, while Dana Bonincontri and Kirsten Strausbaugh finished first and second in the All-Around.
The day started out on Vault for Penn and it put up a very solid team score of 47.200 to begin the afternoon. Bonincontri led all Penn scorers with a 9.625 to finish in fourth place in this event. Strausbaugh put two Quakers in the top 10 with her 9.575, which was good enough for eighth place. In her final home competition for Penn, Senior Captain Elise Bowe put up the first of three high marks for her on the day with a 9.4, which placed her 15th. Diana Moock scored 9.325 to finish in 19th and Katie Graham finished in 21st with her 9.275 to round out Penn's top five scores.
Moving onto the uneven bars, Penn put up another respectable 47.100 as a team. Bonincontri once again led the Quaker's scoring, just narrowly missing her career-high with a 9.825 to finish third in the event on the day. Strausbaugh made it two Penn gymnasts in the top five with her 9.750 to finish in fifth. Megan Milavec also finished in the top 10 with her 9.5. The strong day continued for Bowe as she scored a 9.4 to finish this event in 14th for the day.
Despite the two consistent scores in the first half of the meet, Penn had some catching up to do with Temple and California as the Owls and Bears were putting up even higher marks in their first two events. Penn would certainly make up some of that ground on the Balance Beam, where it scored a season-best 48.625 for the event. ECAC Freshman of the Week Yee added to her high accolades, breaking her season-high mark with a 9.8 to finish the event in first place. Right behind her was Bonincontri, who used a 9.775 to finish this event in third. Bowe put her exclamation point on the day with her career-best 9.725 to finish in sixth. Milavec finished this event in eighth, scoring 9.675. Strausbaugh then made it five Quaker's in the top 10 with her 9.650 to finish in 10th. Graham also had another solid routine, finishing in 12th with a 9.6.
Penn entered the floor competition less then one-tenth of a point down to second-place Temple. With the Owls squarely in its sight, Penn used its strongest event to try and overtake the city rivals. Strausbaugh just missed a career-high in the floor to give Penn the third place finisher in the event with a 9.825. Bonincontri scored a 9.750 to finish just behind her in sixth overall. Yee and Milavec put up identical marks of 9.6 to finish in a 12th place tie in floor. Graham used a 9.425 to round out the Quaker's score with an 18th place finish. Those five scores combined gave Penn its second event score of greater than 48 on the day, with a total of 48.2. However, Temple would also score a 48.2 on beam, its last event of the day. Those final results kept the gap between Temple and Penn identical as Temple finished .075 team points ahead of Penn at the end of all the rotations.
Bonincontri's first place finish in the All-Around came with a career-high total of 38.975. Strausbaugh also used a career-high in the All-Around, scoring 38.800 to finish in second for the day.
After putting the finishing touches on an outstanding regular season, the Quakers will now have their full attention focused on the upcoming ECAC Championships in Providence, Rhode Island this Saturday at noon.
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