The Penn gymnastics team will be back in action this weekend in its first dual
meet of the season as the defending Ivy Classic champion. The Quakers finished
fourth and third at the GW Invitational and a Rutgers quad-meet, respectively,
in their first two meets of the season. They’ve already competed against one
Ivy opponent this season, Cornell, as the two participated in the GW Invitational.
Heading into this meet against another Ivy rival, the Red
and Blue are riding high on the back of Dana Bonincontri. The senior put forth
two outstanding performances in the Quakers’ first two meets, earning ECAC
Gymnast of the Week honors after the GW Invitational and finishing first in the
all-around at the Rutgers meet.
In addition, co-captain Kirsten Strausbaugh, Makeda
Constable, Megan Milavec, and several freshmen will be counted upon to continue
contributing to the Quakers overall score. Strausbaugh finished fifth and third
in the all-around in two meets. Constable has had a couple quality performances
on the uneven bars. Milavec has been contributing in the all-around in the
early part of the season, as well.
Finally, freshmen Elyse Shenberger and Carissa Lim have also
competed in both meets. Shenberger stood out on the beam in her first meet,
opening up competition on the day and placing sixth. Lim stood out on the floor
at Rutgers, placing ninth with a career-high.
The two programs met three times last season, with Penn
getting the better of the Bulldogs each time. The Quakers traveled up to New
Haven, Conn. for their first dual meet of the season in 2012 as well, and
defeated Yale 191.224-188.350. The last two times were at last season’s Ivy
Classic and ECAC Championships – Penn came away with first place in both instances.
The meet gets underway on Sunday at 1 p.m. in New Haven at Payne