PHILADELPHIA – It’s championship season for the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team, as the Quakers travel to New Haven, Conn. to compete in the 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships this Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Yale.
An identical field as last year, Penn along with Brown, Cornell, Temple, William & Mary, and Yale will compete for the ECAC title.
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ECAC REGIONAL QUALIFYING SCORES: From the ECAC… Based on regional qualifying score (RQS), Brown ranks as the top team in the ECAC so far this season with a RQS of 193.480. William & Mary follows with a mark of 193.455, while Penn (193.060), Yale (191.530), Cornell (191.170), and Temple (190.360) round out the field. The Tribe sits with highest single-meet mark this season with a 195.000.
SCOUTING BROWN: The Bears highest team score this year, came back on Feb. 16, posting a 194.000. More recently, Brown scored a 193.150 in a victory over Yale last Saturday. In the meet the Bears tallied a 49.050 on floor with four gymnasts – Jorden Mitchell, Caroline Morant, Diana Walters, and Brooke Williams – recording a 9.800 or better in the event. Penn outscored Brown by .300 in the schools only matchup of the season at the Ivy Classic.
SCOUTING CORNELL: The Big Red totaled its season-high team score at Rutgers on Feb. 14, scoring a 192.700. In recent meets Cornell has scored a 192.125 in a victory over Temple, and a 191.300 finishing third at West Virginia last Saturday. Sophomore Elana Molotsky scored a 9.825 on floor and 9.800 on bars in the meet last weekend. This will be the fourth time Penn and Cornell will compete this season, with the Quakers outscoring the Big Red in the previous three meets.
SCOUTING TEMPLE: The Owls totaled their highest score of the season in their only other meeting with the Quakers this year. At a dual meet at Penn, Temple scored a 192.150. In its most recent meet, Temple scored a 189.750 at Iowa State. The Owls were led by senior Lauren Capone on floor with a 9.725, and senior Alexis Arena on beam with a 9.700.
SCOUTING WILLIAM & MARY: The Tribe scored their highest total of the season last Saturday against Bridgeport, with a 195.00. In the meet, William & Mary recorded a 49.125 on vault, and 49.225 on floor. Junior Brittany Stover competed as an all-around with a 39.500 total, including a 9.950 on vault. She has been named ECAC Gymnast of the Week five times this season. This Saturday will be the first time the Quakers and Tribe compete against one another this year.
SCOUTING YALE: The Bulldogs are peaking at the right time, scoring their season-high of 192.775 against Brown last weekend. In that meet, senior Morgan Traina recorded a score of 9.875 on bars, while junior Camilla Opperman scored a 9.825 on floor. This will be the third time that Penn and Yale compete this season, with the Quakers outscoring the Bulldogs the previous two times.
QUAKER SEASON BEST TEAM MARKS: Penn’s season-high team total came versus Towson (2/14), compiling a 193.775. That same day the Red and Blue set their best mark on the beam, 49.025, and bars, 48.725. On vault the Quakers recorded their best score when they needed it most, a 48.400 in the last rotation of the Ivy Classic (2/22), propelling them to the championship. Just last weekend Penn tallied its best floor score of the season with a 49.100 at West Virginia.
PENN SEASON BEST INDIVIDUAL SCORES: Leading the way for Penn individually have been a variety of gymnasts. On vault senior Wynne Levy and Morgan Venuti each have scored a 9.775, setting career highs in the process. On bars junior Elyse Shenberger totaled a career-high 9.875 to lead the Red and Blue, while on beam senior Amanda Schlaefer scored her career high a 9.850. Leading Penn on floor is freshman Megan Finck, who has scored a 9.875 twice. In the first meet senior Amber Woo competed in the all-around, the only time a Quaker has done so this season, scoring a 36.400.
ECAC WEEKLY HONOR FOR FINCK: Freshman Megan Finck was recognized for the fourth time this year, after being named ECAC Rookie of the Week for her performance on the road versus West Virginia and Cornell. Finck matched her career high she set earlier this season on floor, with a 9.875, helping lead Penn to its highest team total of the season in the event, 49.100. Click here for more on Finck from this past week.
LOOKING FOR A SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2015: Heading into the ECACs, the Quakers will be looking for their second championships this season. Penn won the 2015 Ivy Classic championship edging Brown by .300 for the title inside The Palestra. The Quakers ended the Bears streak of championships at two, scoring a 193.725, while Brown finished with a 193.425. Yale finished in third place with a 192.225, followed by Cornell with a 191.175. The Ivy Classic title was the Quakers 12th championship, and their first since back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. For a full recap, photos, and video – click here.
FIRST TIME HOSTING USAG NATIONALS: For its first time ever Penn will host the 2015 USAG Women’s Collegiate National Championships. Tickets are on sale now at the Penn Athletics Ticket Office. The championships date back to 1982, with Bridgeport claiming the last five team titles outright, and a share of the last six. Spanning three days and taking place in The Palestra, the event will feature eight qualifying teams, along with numerous individuals competing for a USAG title. The Quakers last individual champion was Kirsten Strausbaugh, winning on bars in 2013. Click here for tickets.