PHILADELPHIA - Penn Gymnastics begins its postseason trek on Saturday with a trip up to Providence, Rhode Island for the ECAC Championships. The meet will get underway at noon. After a season that saw Penn clinch its first Ivy Classic Championship since the 2007 season, Penn will be looking to make more waves this weekend. Cornell, Temple, William & Mary, Yale, and Brown will also take part in this meet.
At the ECAC Championships a year, Penn placed fifth as a team. Last season, Dana Bonincontri won the uneven bars at the meet, while finishing fourth in the vault. Kirsten Strausbaugh also had a good showing a season ago, placing fifth on the uneven bars and sixth in the All-Around.
Penn has been solid getting consistently stronger in each event during the season. On vault, Penn is averaging 47.286, with a high score of 48.025 on the year. Individually, Bonincontri and Strausbaugh are ranked 20th and 21st in this event in the ECAC.
In the uneven bars, Penn has a season-high of 48.250 as a team. Bonincontri and Strausbaugh are also the highest ranked gymnasts for Penn in this event with rankings of 15th and 25th. Elise Bowe has also been very consistent in this event throughout the season and is currently ranked 32nd in the conference on bars.
On the balance beam, Penn is ranked third as a team with a regional average of 47.770. Bonincontri and Keolamau Yee are each in a ninth-place tie in the conference rankings in this event. Strausbaugh also finds herself in the top-20 in the conference rankings for this event.
Floor Exercise has been the strong suit of Penn this season. The Quakers have a regional average of 48 even and a high score of 48.625. Strausbaugh is ranked fifth in this event, while Bonincontri is 13th. Despite only two gymnasts in the rankings, Penn has been solid throughout the season, in many cases all six gymnasts who compete in the floor post high marks for Penn.
In the All-Around, three gymnasts for Penn have made their marks this season. Bonincontri and Strausbaugh are currently ranked third and fourth in the conference in the All-Around. Megan Milavec has also been a constant contributor to the team's success as she finds herself ranked eighth in the conference.
Towson looks to be the team to beat coming into the competition on Saturday. The Tigers come in as the six-time defending champions of this event. Penn has seen Towson several times throughout the season, but has not been able to beat the Tigers to date despite coming very close on several occasions. Penn will need a solid performance by each and every gymnast that is competing if the Quakers want to come home with the team title on Saturday night.