PHILADELPHIA - With Rachel Graham's 11th place finish at the USAG floor finals, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics season has come to an end. Graham was the lone Quaker to compete in an event final on Sunday and scored an impressive 9.800.
Despite some disappointing results this season, Penn had its share of great performances that stood out.
The Quakers had their second-best bars score in program history on March 5 in tri meet at Temple with the Owls and Birdgeport. Penn's 48.925 in the event was bested only by a 49.075 in the 2004 Ivy Classic.Kyra Leviled the way for the Quakers with a career-best 9.900. Impressively, theQuakers took the top three individual spots in the event, withElyse Shenbergerscoring a 9.825 andMorgan Venutiturning in a career-best 9.800. Freshmen Kristen Ho also scored a career-high of 9.75 and Amber Hu tallied a 9.65 to contribute to the event total.
Levi's 9.9 was not only a career-best for the sophomore, but it was also the third highest score on bars in program history. She was constantly near the top of the standing in each competition on floor and bars, earning her ECAC Specialist of the week twice during the season.
Elyse Shenberger made her final season for the Red and Blue a memorable one. The senior won both the individual Ivy Classic and ECAC bars championships with a score of 9.850 in Ithaca and 9.825 in Williamsburg. Shenberger closes out her career with two All-America selections on bars and one on beam.
In addition to their athletic accomplishments this season, the Quakers placed 18 gymnasts on the ECAC Division I All-Academic team, the most of any school. Penn also had two of the four ECAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year with Amber Hu and Kelly Tan taking the honors at the ECAC Championships.