PHILADELPHIA -Five seniors competed at the Palestra for the final time on Saturday as the University of Pennsylvania gymanstics team fell to Bridgeport 193.650-191.825. The meet was the Quakers final tune-up before they compete in the ECAC Championships next Saturday,
Penn had its best performance of the season on floor, which is no small feat considering it's been the Quakers best event of 2016. They scored a 48.800 and received a career-best showing from Alex Hartke. Hartke topped her performance from February 20 with a 9.825 routine. Rachel Graham also impressed with a 9.800 showing. Two seniors weren't far behind as Carissa Lim and Morgan Venuti both scored 9.750 in their final floor routines at home.
It was a good showing for the Red and Blue on beam as well on Saturday. Penn scored a 47.900 with senior Elyse Shenberger leading the way for the Quakers with a 9.725. They also got valuable contributions from junior Kelly Tan and freshman Nicole Swirbalus who both scored 9.700.
Venuti continued her senior day by leading Penn on vault. She had the second-best score of the day, a 9.725. Fellow senior Emily Paterson and sophomore Ally Podsednik were close behind with 9.625 vaults. As a team, Penn scored a 47.850.
After their they had the second-best day in program history last week, the Quakers stuggled on beam on Saturday, scoring 47.275. However, that didn't stop Kyra Levi from having the best score of the day, a 9.775. Amber Hu completed her final home-routine with a 9.700.
Penn will now head to Williamsburg, Va. to try and win the ECAC Championship on Saturday. The meet will be held at William and Mary and will take place at noon.