Dana Bonincontri Named ECAC Rookie of the Week

PHILADELPHIA - After competing in just the second meet of her college career, freshman gymnast Dana Bonincontri earned a share of the uneven bars title at last weekend's Ivy Classic to earn ECAC Rookie of the Week honors, released March 3rd by the conference office.

Suffering an early season injury, Bonincontri gradually started adding events back into her meet repertoire, starting with bars on Feb. 20, then bars, beam, and floor last Sunday. The return of the freshman had a huge impact on Penn's overall score at the Ivy Classic, as the Quakers recorded its highest mark of the season (189.550) and a third-place finish.

Leading the way for Penn, Bonincontri stood atop the podium with Cornell's Bethany Neczypor, scoring a 9.675 on bars, as well as earning a 9.700 on beam for the individual bronze.

She also contributed to Penn's best collective floor score all year (47.825), earning a team second-best 9.650 in her first floor routine of the season.

To see all of Bonincontri's and her teammates' routines from the Ivy Classic, as well as interviews with the Bonincontri, Laura DiPaolo, and Kirsten Strausbaugh, click here.

Penn is back in action Friday when they travel to Pittsburgh to face Pitt, George Washington and Western Michigan in search of their first first-place finish of the season.