PHILADELPHIA – It was a championship season for the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team, as the Quakers claimed the 2015 Ivy Classic title, and hosted the USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships inside The Palestra.
Penn won the Ivy Classic in February in thrilling fashion with a 193.725 team score defeating Brown by .300, after the Bears finished with a 193.425. The Ivy Classic title was the Quakers 12th championship, and their first since back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.
The Quakers gained momentum in their third rotation with its highest score of the year on floor, a 48.950. Heading into the last rotation, the Quakers had compiled a 145.325 for a lead over – Yale, 144.675, and Brown, 144.525 – with vault remaining. Penn went on to score its highest vault score of the season, 48.400, claiming the championship by .300 after the Bears posted a 48.900 on bars.
The Red and Blue were led on vault by senior captain Wynne Levy, recording the best individual score of the day to win the event, with a career-high 9.775. Carissa Lim also helped push Penn on vault, finishing in a tie for second place, posting a 9.725 and matching her season high.
Later in the spring in April, Penn hosted the USAG Women’s Collegiate National Championships for the first time in school history. The Quakers qualified for the event as a team and came up just short of qualifying for the team national championship finals, with a 193.100 team score in the preliminaries.
Two Penn gymnasts, juniors Elyse Shenberger and Morgan Venuti, qualified to the individual event finals in two events. Shenberger was named USAG First-team All-America on beam and bars, while Venuti earned USAG First-team All-America on vault and bars. Wynne Levy was named USAG Second-team All-America on vault and Emily Shugan was named USAG Second-team All-America on bars.
After an opening season defeat to Stanford in a dual meet, Penn won three consecutive meets with a victory over Yale, a quad-meet win over Cornell, West Chester, and Ursinus, and a dual win over Temple.
In a dual meet defeat at Towson, the Quakers scored their highest overall team score of the season, posting a 193.775. Penn won the Ivy Classic the following weekend at home inside The Palestra.
The Red and Blue finished third in a quad-meet with No. 13 Penn State, Iowa State, and Brockport, and were defeated in a dual meet with New Hampshire.
In a tri-meet at West Virginia, Penn finished behind the Mountaineers, but ahead of Cornell, before finishing in fourth place, scoring a 192.800, at the ECAC Championships in late March ahead of hosting the USAG Women’s Collegiate National Championships.
As a team in 2015, the Quakers posted top-five results in program history on vault in Ivy Classic (48.400, T-5), on bars at Towson (48.725, T-4), on beam at Towson (49.025, 2nd), and on floor at West Virginia (49.100, 3rd).