Gymnastics Travels to Towson for Friday Quad Meet
PHILADELPHIA - After scoring a 191.650 this past weekend at Maryland, gymnastics will have one final meet before the ECAC Championships. That meet will come on a short week in the gym as the Quakers will be back in action this Friday night following a meet on Sunday this past weekend.
This Friday will also give Penn a sneak preview at some of the competition the team will be up against at the ECAC meet as the host Towson and Yale will both be participating. George Washington will round out the quad meet field. Action will get underway at 7 p.m.
Penn on vault
The Quakers posted their third-highest vault score of the season this past week at Maryland, going over the 48-point mark for the fourth time overall this year. Two of those times have come in the past three meets. As a team, Penn is ranked third amongst Division I schools in the event. Individually, Laura DiPaolo is ranked 12th in the conference despite not competing last weekend on vault for the first time this year. She has scored at least 9.725 in five of her eight vaults, including a season-high 9.8.
Kirsten Strausbaugh posted a 9.7 in the last meet, her second-highest mark of the season. She has a season-best of 9.775. Freshman Wynne Levy broke her season high in the vault by a full tenth last meet, scoring 9.75. She has four scores of at least 9.65. Dana Bonincontri has scored at least 9.5 on all but one of her vaults. She posted a 9.625 last meet, her second-highest score this season. Amber Woo scored 9.525 last meet and has achieved at least that score on five of her seven vaults.
Megan Milavec posted a 9.5 at Maryland and has four vaults that have scored 9.55 or better this season, including a 9.65 at the Ivy Classic. With DiPaolo out, Kaitlyn Reszkowski vaulted for the first time this season. She scored 9.575 on her first collegiate vault. Katie Graham has vaulted in three meets with a season high 9.525, while Diana Moock vaulted in one meet, scoring 9.275.
Penn on uneven bars
Penn scored a season-best 48.725 on bars last weekend. The Quakers have scored 48-plus in each of the past four meets and seven of the last eight overall. These scores make Penn the top-ranked Division I ECAC school on the event. Bonincontri and Strausbaugh are tied for third in the ECAC on bars with regional averages of 9.79. Bonincontri scored 9.825 last week, her third time scoring at least that high this season. Strausbaugh has not scored lower than 9.725 all season long on this event and has a pair of 9.825 scores.
Milavec scored a career-high 9.75 at Maryland and has posted at least a 9.6 in seven of her nine meets. Makeda Constable posted a career-high 9.725 two weeks ago and has scored at least 9.65 in three of the last four meets. DiPaolo scored a season-high 9.7 last week, earning her the ECAC Coaches' Choice award for the week, while Woo scored her third 9.675 of this season. Rebecca Engberg has also competed on bars once this season.
Penn on balance beam
The Quakers are the ranked second amongst Division I ECAC schools on beam with a regional average of 47.91. Woo is ranked ninth in the ECAC in the event. She has scored at least 9.725 or higher in three of her last four routines. Bonincontri is ranked 13th in the conference on beam. She has scored 9.7 or higher in three of her last five routines, including a career-high 9.8 earlier this year. Graham is ranked 16th on beam in the ECAC. She has competed on beam in every meet, scoring 9.6 or higher six times this season.
Constable has scored at least 9.6 on four different occasions this year and posted a season-high 9.675 just over a month ago. Strausbaugh has scored at least 9.55 on four of her seven beam routines this season, including a career-high 9.775. Milavec has scored at least 9.55 three different times, including a season-high 9.65. Haleigh Zillges has also competed on beam in one meet this season.
Penn on floor exercise
Penn has gone over the 48-point mark twice on floor this year and has used 10 different gymnasts on the event. Strausbaugh is ranked seventh in the conference on floor. She has scored 9.8 in each of the last two meets and scored 9.825 four meets ago. Bonincontri has scored at least 9.75 in four of her last five floor routines. Milavec has scored 9.6 or higher in two of her last three routines, including a season-high 9.65.
Constable has twice scored her season-high 9.65 this season, while Reszkowski scored a season-best 9.625 two meets ago. Woo has scored 9.5 on three of her last five floor routines, while Nicki Valenti scored a season-best 9.675 just over one month ago. Graham has competed on floor three times with a high of 9.5. Engberg scored 9.525 in her only floor routine this year, while Claire Stingley has competed twice on the floor.
Penn in the all-around
The Quakers have a team regional qualifying average of 192.045, which is second in the ECAC amongst Division I schools. Once again, Penn used four all-around gymnasts last meet. Strausbaugh is ranked fifth in the conference overall. She scored a career-best 38.9 earlier this year. Bonincontri has competed in the all-around for six straight meets. Her career-high 39.1 came at the Ivy Classic just three meets ago. Woo scored a season-best 38.55 at the Ivy Classic, while Milavec also scored a season best with a 38.45 at the Ivy meet.
The Tigers are the ranked first among ECAC Division I schools in team score. They also have the best average on vault and floor. Kacy Cantanzaro has a regional average of 38.96 in the all-around, best among ECAC Division I gymnasts. She ranks first on vault, bars and balance beam in that same group. Penn finished second to Towson at the Shelli Calloway Memorial in the only meeting between these schools this year. The Tigers have a regional average of 193.175 overall this season.
Penn and Yale have competed in the same meet twice this season and Penn has won both matchups. The Bulldogs best event is the floor. They have a regional average of 47.935 on that event and a regional score 47.83 on the uneven bars. Tara Feld is ranked fifth on floor exercise, while Morgan Traina is ranked sixth on beam and seventh on the bars.
Scouting George Washington
George Washington competes in the EAGL conference. The team has a regional qualifying average of 192.62 and averages 48-plus on each of the four events. Its best event is the vault where the team has a regional average of 48.525. The second-best regional average is on floor, 48.42. Stephanie Stoicovy has a regional average of 38.625 in the all-around, which ranks sixth in her conference.
This meet will serve as final preparations for the ECAC Championships to be hosted by Penn inside The Palestra. If you purchase your tickets online, you can save $2 off a walkup ticket that day.