PHILADELPHIA – It was an outstanding performance for Penn gymnastics on Senior Day at The Palestra on Sunday afternoon. Although the Quakers fell to Bridgeport, 195.325-193.975, their season-high overall score was the fourth-highest in program history. Additionally, the Red and Blue set season-highs in every event with their team scores. Finally, eight gymnasts set or tied their career-highs, with two individuals setting multiple personal bests.
Penn started out on vault, and was led by Emily Paterson. The freshman went fourth for the Quakers, and scored a career-high 9.700 to place sixth. Carissa Lim and Kirsten Strausbaugh tied for seventh, each scoring 9.675 – the score matched Strausbaugh’s season-high. The Red and Blue’s overall score on vault set a new season-high with 48.275.
The Quakers decided to one-up themselves in their next event, and score another season-high with a team total of 48.500. Fresh off her second ECAC Rookie of the Week award, Elyse Shenberger threw down an outstanding routine, tying for first place with a career-high 9.800. Another freshman, Amber Hu, had gone earlier on bars, and placed third with a career-high 9.775. Additionally, Strausbaugh and Megan Milavec placed fourth and fifth with a 9.750 and 9.700, respectively.
Next up for the Red and Blue was beam, and they matched it with another season-high 48.500. Milavec dominated with her performance, placing second with a career-high 9.825 in her final home meet as a Quaker. Amanda Schlaefer placed fifth with a career-high-tying 9.725 and Keolamau Yee made her season debut, placing seventh with a 9.700.
The last event of the afternoon for Penn was the floor exercise. Four of the five contributing gymnasts set or tied their career-highs, led by Strausbaugh. The senior tied for second with a career-high-tying 9.875, which also tied her (again) for 11th all-time in program history. Kaitlyn Reszkowski, Shenberger and Milavec all scored a career-high 9.775, which tied all three of them for sixth. The Quakers overall floor score was a season-high 48.700.
Strausbaugh totaled a season-high 38.925 to finished third in the all-around, with Milavec and Shenberger placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Penn will be back in action on Feb. 23 in New Haven, Conn. for the Ivy Classic. The Quakers won the event last season in Ithaca, N.Y. with a 192.650 and were led by Dana Bonincontri’s 39.100 all-around performance.
1. Bridgeport – 195.325
2. Penn – 193.975 (season-high)
6. Emily Paterson – 9.700 (career-high)
t-7. Carissa Lim – 9.675
t-7. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.675 (ties season-high)
10. Wynne Levy – 9.650
11. Elyse Shenberger – 9.575
12. Megan Milavec – 9.050
t-1. Elyse Shenberger – 9.800 (career-high)
3. Amber Hu – 9.775 (career-high)
4. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.750
5. Megan Milavec – 9.700
t-10. Amber Woo – 9.475 (season-high)
12. Makeda Constable – 9.000
2. Megan Milavec – 9.825 (career-high)
t-5. Amanda Schlaefer – 9.725 (ties career-high)
7. Keolamau Yee – 9.700 (season-high)
t-9. Makeda Constable – 9.625
t-9. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.625 (ties season-high)
12. Elyse Shenberger – 9.000
t-2. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.875 (ties career-high)
t-6. Megan Milavec – 9.775 (career-high)
t-6. Kaitlyn Reszkowski – 9.775 (career-high)
t-6. Elyse Shenberger – 9.775 (career-high)
11. Carissa Lim – 9.500
12. Nicki Valenti – 8.600