Gymnastics Hosting the ECAC Championships Saturday
PHILADELPHIA - The event that all seven teams competing this weekend have been looking forward to is finally upon us. This Saturday, Penn will host the ECAC Championships inside The Palestra with the championship meet getting underway at noon. Penn will be in search of its third ECAC Championship in program history. Coincidently, the Quakers last ECAC Championship came during the 2004 season, which was also the last time the ECAC meet was held inside The Palestra.
Fans that are unable to make the championship meet can track the action in multiple ways. Live video that will focus primarily on Penn, but cover other teams, will be available throughout the day. Live stats will also be updated at the end of each rotation. In addition, Penn gymnastics will be updating its twitter account, UPennGym, throughout the meet.
Penn on vault
As a team, the Quakers are ranked fourth among Division I ECAC schools on vault (48.100 RQS). They have gone over the 48-point mark twice this season, including two of the last three meets. Laura DiPaolo is ranked 12th in the conference in this event (9.730 RQS). She has scored at least 9.7 five times this year. Kirsten Strausbaugh is also ranked in the top-20. She has scored at least 9.6 at six different meets.
Wynne Levy has scored 9.65 or higher four times this year, including a 9.75 two meets ago, while Dana Bonincontri has scored 9.625 in three of the last four meets. Amber Woo has added five vaults of at least 9.525 and Megan Milavec has four routines that scored 9.55 or better. Katie Graham has competed on vault three times this year, while Diana Moock and Kaitlyn Reszkowski have vaulted once.
Penn on bars
The same six gymnasts, with the exception of one meet, have competed on bars this season. Penn brings the highest-ranked bars team this weekend (48.470 RQS). The team has scored 48-plus in eight of the last nine meets, including a season-best 48.725 last week. Bonincontri is ranked second on bars (9.815 RQS). She has scored 9.825 or higher in three of the last four meets. Strausbaugh is ranked fourth in the ECAC (9.795 RQS). She has scored at least 9.8 in four of the last five meets.
Milavec is ranked 19th in the conference (9.670 RQS). She has scored at least 9.65 in each of the past five meets, including a 9.75 two weeks ago. Just outside of the top-20 are Makeda Constable and Woo. Constable is coming off a season-best 9.775, while she has scored in the 9.6 range in four of the past five meets. DiPaolo has scored at least 9.6 five times, including a 9.7 two weeks ago. Rebecca Engberg has also competed on bars once this year.
Penn on beam
The Quakers have the third-ranked ECAC Division I beam team (47.910 RQS). They have gone over 48 at three different meets, including a season-best 48.675. Woo (9.695 RQS) is ranked 10th in the conference. She has scored 9.725 or better in three of the last five meets. Bonincontri (9.690 RQS) is ranked 11th. She has scored 9.7 or better in three of the last four meets.
Graham is ranked 17th in the event (9.645 RQS). She has scored 9.725 or better twice this season. Strausbaugh has scored 9.6 or better in three of the past six meets, including a career-high 9.775. Constable has scored at least 9.6 in four different meets this season, while Milavec has a season-best 9.65. Haleigh Zillges has also competed on beam once this season.
Penn on floor exercise
The Quakers have scored at least 48 on floor twice this season, posting their best mark at the Ivy Classic. Strausbaugh (9.790 RQS) is ranked seventh in the conference on floor. She has scored at least 9.8 in four of her last five meets. Bonincontri has scored at least 9.75, including two 9.8's, in four of her seven floor routines. Milavec and Woo are both coming off season best performances. Woo scored 9.775 in her last meet, while Milavec posted a 9.675.
Constable has competed on floor in all but one meet. She has a pair of 9.65 scores this season. Reszkowski is coming off a season-best 9.625 just two meets ago. Graham also scored 9.625 in the last meet on floor, a career best for her. Nicki Valenti has scored at least 9.5 in three of her six floor routines with a season-best 9.675. Senior Claire Stingley has competed on floor twice this year, while her classmate Engberg scored 9.525 in her only routine.
Penn in the all-around
Penn has been using four all-around gymnasts lately. Strausbaugh (38.730 RQS) is ranked fifth in the conference. She just missed her season high in the all-around last week. Reigning ECAC Athlete of the Year Bonincontri (38.570 RQS) is ranked seventh in the conference. She has scored at least 38.750 in four of the seven meets that she competed in the all-around. Woo scored a season-best 38.550 in the Ivy Classic, while Milavec posted a 38.450 in that same meet.
Penn vs. the field
All seven schools that are competing in the ECAC meet bring in regional averages of 190 or better. Penn (192.045 RQS) posted its best score at home in the beginning of February, scoring 192.975. The Quakers finished second at the ECAC Championships a season ago to Cornell. Towson (193.885) is the highest-ranked team competing at this weekend's meet. William & Mary and Temple also have regional averages in the 191 range.