PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Penn Gymnastics came into the ECAC Championships with plenty of confidence on its side as the team continued to become more consistent throughout the year. That consistency continued Saturday when the Quakers scored 191.175, which was the team's fourth time this year in which it scored over 191. Individually, Dana Bonincontri was crowned the All-Around Champion of the meet, scoring a career-best 38.850 in the four events combined. She also led Penn in scoring in each of the four events. In the end, it was Cornell who took the ECAC Team Title as the Big Red squeaked by Penn, scoring just a half point better than Penn on the day. However, the Quakers did manage to finally beat Towson, while also defeating city rivals Temple along with defeats against three other teams in one of the closest ECAC Championships in recent memory.
On the vault, Bonincontri scored a 9.675. That mark was good enough for 15th place overall at the end of the meet. Katie Graham and Laura DiPaolo each posted 9.600 on their vaults to tie for 17th and place three Quakers in the top-20 of the meet. Graham's mark was also a career-high for the junior gymnast. Finishing just outside of the top-20 were Megan Milavec and Kirsten Strausbaugh. Both Milavec and Strausbaugh score 9.525 on their vaults and finished the event in 22nd place. Diana Moock also posted a very strong score of 9.5 as the Quaker's sixth score in the vault. This score just missed a season-high for Moock. As a team, Penn scored 47.925 in this event.
In the uneven bars competition, Bonincontri finished seventh overall with a 9.6. Strausbaugh finished right behind her teammate with a 9.550 that put her in eighth place at the end of the day. Milavec scored a 9.5, which was good enough for 15th place, while Elise Bowe posted a 9.325 to finish the meet in 22nd on bars.
On the balance beam, Bonincontri just narrowly missed out on defending her ECAC title in this event, placing second with a score of 9.775, which ties her career-high and is the third time she has received that score this season. Keolamau Yee also did very well in her first ECAC Championships, scoring 9.625 to finish in fourth place on beam. Graham scored a 9.575 to finish the meet in 10th, giving Penn three gymnasts in the top-10. Milavec just barely missed out on the top-10, scoring a 9.550 to finish the meet in 12th place. Bowe gave Penn a solid fifth score with her 9.4 that was good enough for 19th, giving Penn all five of its scoring routines top-20 places.
Floor Exercise once again proved to be the strength of the Quaker gymnasts as the team scored 48.575, just missing out on a season-high as a team. Bonincontri's career-high 9.8 put her in fifth place. Yee also posted a season-high mark with a 9.775. Her personal best put her in 11th place at the end of the meet. Strausbaugh had another solid routine on the floor, scoring 9.7. Milavec and Nicki Valenti each scored a 9.650. Valenti's mark tied her season-high in the floor. Graham posted another solid mark in the floor, scoring 9.525.
In the All-Around, Bonincontri led the way with her overall championship, but she was joined in the top-five by two of her fellow sophomores. Milavec finished the day in third place overall, while Strausbaugh finished in fifth place.
At the conclusion of the meet, Bonincontri was also named the ECAC Athlete of the Year, based on her body of work from the entire 2011 season.
Next up for Penn will be the NCAA Regional which will be begin on Friday, April 1 and continue into Saturday.
Full Penn Results
|Uneven Parallel Bars Results|