PHILADELPHIA – Competing in the final weekend before the ECAC Championships, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team is on the road in its final regular season meet competing at West Virginia, facing the Mountaineers and fellow Ivy rival Cornell.
The Quakers are coming into the tri-meet off a weekend where they dueled with New Hampshire, coming up short in a 195.475-192.775 matchup.
Fans can follow the Penn gymnastics team this weekend watching live on Mountaineer TV (free), on live stats, or by following Twitter - @PennGym.Saturday's meet begins at 4 p.m.
SCOUTING WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers are coming into the meet versus Penn and Cornell off a season-high score of 195.900 in defeat versus Penn State. Leading West Virginia in the meet was sophomore Alexa Goldberg with a 9.950 on bars, and senior Dayah Haley with a 9.925 on floor. Sophomore Nicolette Swoboda scored a 38.375 in the all-around. Prior to last weekend, the Mountaineers highest team score was 195.350.
SCOUTING CORNELL: The Big Red and Quakers are seeing one another for the third time this season. Cornell competed in a tri-meet at Penn earlier this season alongside West Chester and Ursinus. The two teams then met in the Ivy Classic at Penn, where the Big Red scored a 191.175. Last weekend, Cornell defeated Temple in a dual meet with a team score of 192.125. The Big Red were led by Alex Bourgeois and Julohn Teixeira with high scores of the day on floor, scoring a 9.750.
ECAC WEEKLY HONORS FOR DUO: For their performances against New Hampshire, freshman Megan Finck earned the ECAC Co-Rookie of the week honor and junior Morgan Venuti was named Co-Coaches Choice. Finck competed on three events for the Quakers, highlighted by a 9.725 on floor. Venuti posted a career-high 9.775 on vault, while also putting together a 9.750 on bars. It was Penn’s sixth ECAC weekly honor this season. Click here for more.
LAST TIME OUT VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Against the Wildcats, Penn posted an event high score of 48.600 on bars, followed by a 48.400 on floor, 48.075 on vault, and 47.700 on beam. The Quakers were led by junior Morgan Venuti, who scored a career-high 9.775 on vault, leading Penn, while also scoring a 9.750 on bars. On bars Penn was led by junior Elyse Shenberger, with a 9.800, followed by freshman Emily Shugan with a 9.775, and Venuti. Junior Amber Hu led the Red and Blue on beam, scoring a 9.775, for the second consecutive weekend. On floor, senior Kaitlyn Reszkowski and Elyse Shenberger finished their routines with a 9.775 score to lead Penn. Freshman Megan Finck recorded a 9.725.
ROAD WARRIORS: After having five meets at home to begin the 2015 season, Penn will now have spent the last three weekends on the road including the trip to West Virginia. The Quakers have one more weekend on the road in Connecticut for the ECAC Championships, before returning home to host the USAG Women’s Collegiate Nationals, April 10-12.
IVY CLASSIC CHAMPIONS: 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. 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. 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.