Gymnastics Travels to Maryland on Sunday
PHILADELPHIA - After wrapping up the home portion of the regular season schedule, gymnastics will be on the road for the final two weeks of regular season competition. The first of those two meets will be this Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Quakers travel to Maryland. Bridgeport will also be taking part in this weekend's tri-meet. In the team's last meet, Penn scored 190.800 on Senior Night to distance themselves from Southern Connecticut in the victory.
Penn on vault
The Quakers come into this weekend's competition with a regional qualifying average over 48 on vault. They have gone over the 48-point mark in three different meets this season. Laura DiPaolo comes into the meet ranked eighth on vault in the ECAC. She has a regional qualifying average of 9.725 and has scored at least that high in five different meets. Kirsten Strausbaugh did not compete on vault last weekend, but has scored 9.6 or higher on five of her seven vaults this season. Dana Bonincontri posted her second-best vault score of the season last meet and has scored 9.5 or higher on four of her five vaults this season.
Amber Woo has added a 9.525 or better in four of her six vaults this season and posted a season-best 9.675 in her most recent vault at the Ivy Classic. Fellow freshman Wynne Levy has vaulted in every meet this season, scoring a season-best 9.65 on three different occasions. Megan Milavec has competed on vault in seven straight meets. She has scored at least 9.55 in four of those meets. Katie Graham has completed three vaults this season with a season-high 9.525, while Diana Moock competed on vault for the first time this season last weekend.
Penn on uneven bars
On the uneven bars, the Quakers have scored 48-plus in all but two meets, including a 48.7 at the Ivy Classic. Strausbaugh is ranked second in the ECAC in this event with a regional qualifying average of 9.785. She has scored at least 9.725 on each of her routines, including at least a 9.8 in her last three routines. Bonincontri is ranked ninth in the conference in the event. She has scored at least 9.75 at five different meets this season. Makeda Constable has steadily improved in this event, tying or setting a season high in the last six meets, including a season-best 9.725 last weekend.
Milavec is ranked 13th in the conference. She has scored 9.65 or higher in each of her last three meets. DiPaolo has added at least a 9.6 to the bars team in four of the last six meets. Woo has also come on strong as of late in the event. She has scored at least 9.6 in three of her last five meets. Rebecca Engberg competed on bars for the first time all season last meet. She scored a 9.4 in her first bars routine.
Penn on balance beam
The Quakers have the top-ranked Division I beam team amongst ECAC schools with a regional qualifying average of 47.91 and have gone over the 48-point mark twice this season. Woo is ranked eighth in the conference with a 9.695 regional qualifying average. She has scored at least 9.725 in each of the last three meets, including a pair of 9.775's. Graham is ranked 12th in the conference on beam. She has scored 9.725 or better in two of her last four meets
Bonincontri is ranked 14th and has scored at least 9.7 in the last two meets and three of the last four. Stausbaugh did not compete on beam last week, but scored a career-high 9.775 on beam just four meets ago. Constable scored 9.6 in the last meet and has achieved at least that score on four different occasions this season. Milavec has added three beam routines of at least 9.55 this year, while Haleigh Zillges competed on beam for the first time in her career last weekend after several exhibition routines this year.
Penn on floor exercise
Penn has now used 10 different gymnastics on floor exercise this season. The team has scored 48-plus in two of its last four meets, just missing that mark in a third. Strausbaugh is ranked eighth in the ECAC with a qualifying average of 9.715. She has scored 9.7 in five of her six floor routines this season. Bonincontri has two 9.75's and two 9.8's in her last four meets after competing five times total this season. Constable has scored a season-best 9.65 in two of her last three floor routines. Nicki Valenti has scored at least 9.625 or higher in two of her five floor routines this season.
Milavec has four scores of 9.55 or better this season, including two marks of 9.65, which is her season high. Kaitlyn Reszkowski scored a season-best 9.625 last weekend at home. This eclipsed her previous high by five-hundredths of a point. Woo has also contributed three scores of at least 9.5 to the floor team. Graham has competed on floor three times, scoring a season-high 9.5 last meet. Claire Stingley has competed twice on the floor this season, while Engberg competed in the event for the first time since her freshman year in the last meet.
Penn in the all-around
Four Quakers have competed in the all-around this season, although only Bonincontri did so last weekend. She does not have enough meets in to be ranked, but set a career-high 39.1 at the Ivy Classic. Strausbaugh is ranked fifth in the conference. She scored a 38.8 at the Ivy Classic and a 38.9 two weeks before that. The last time Milavec competed in the all-around, she scored a season-best 38.45 at the Ivy Classic. Woo has a season-high of 38.55, which she also set at the Ivy Classic
Despite competing at Division II, Bridgeport is ranked in the ECAC along with Penn and other Division I programs. Bridgeport has the top-ranked vault, beam and floor teams in the conference. Their team averages over 48 points in each of those events. In total, Bridgeport averages just over 193 team points per meet. Monica Mesalles averages nearly 39 points in the all-around. She is the top-ranked ECAC gymnast on vault and floor, along with being ranked second on beam.
Maryland comes in having scored 194-plus as a team in each of the last seven meets. The Terrapins come into the weekend with a top-35 team based on regional qualifying averages in each of the four events, including the 28th-ranked vault time with a regional average of 48.805. They scored a season-best 194.875 last weekend, which was a season-high.