PHILADELPHIA – After facing a tough test in its first meet versus No. 12 ranked Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team takes on Ivy rival Yale on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m., inside The Palestra.
Last Sunday, Penn totaled a 189.575 in its first meet of the season. The Quakers scored a 48.475 on floor, led by junior Carissa Lim who finished second individually with a 9.825, and set a new career high in the event.
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SCOUTING YALE: The Bulldogs have competed once as well thus far in 2015, at New Hampshire. Coming up just short against the Wildcats, Yale fell 195.900-191.175. The team was led by senior Morgan Traina and junior Camilla Opperman on vault (9.675), Traina once more on bars (9.750), Traina and junior Brittney Sooksengdao on beam (9.775), and Opperman on floor (9.750).
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST THE BULLDOGS: The last time Penn saw Yale was in the 2014 ECAC Championships. The Quakers outscored the Bulldogs, 191.275-189.850, finishing fourth in team competition.
OTHER QUAKER CAREER-HIGH MARKS: In addition to Carissa Lim setting a career-high on floor with a 9.825, junior Morgan Venuti also tied and set career highs this past Sunday versus Stanford. Venuti tied herprevious beston vault, 9.525, and set a new mark on floor with a 9.625.
FRESHMEN IN ACTION: Four Penn freshmen competed in their first collegiate meet against Stanford. Of the four, Megan Finck led the way competing in three events – vault (9.575), bars (8.775), and floor (9.775). Alex Hartke competed on beam (8.875) and floor (9.575), while Kyra Levi competed on floor (9.675) and Ally Podsednik competed on beam (8.800).
2015 PENN CAPTAINS: The Quakers are led by two-time captains senior Wynne Levy and senior Kaitlyn Reszkowski. Levy has been a mainstay for Penn on vault during her four years, and has posted a career high of 9.750 on the event. Reszkowski’s main focus has been floor for the Red and Blue, where she has posted a 9.775 twice, the last coming in February of 2014 at the Ivy Classic.
PENN TOP RETURNERS: Penn has five gymnasts returning that put up top scores for them a season ago. Senior Amber Woo posted a 38.550 in the all-around, and senior Wynne Levy scored a 9.700 on vault, while junior Amber Hu recorded a 9.675 on bars. Sophomore Rachel Graham led the Quakers in two events, beam and floor, with a 9.800 and 9.850 respectively. Speaking of Graham, she finished 2014 as Penn’s top individual performer, earning USAG second-team All-America on floor.
QUAKER NEWCOMERS: The Red and Blue have six new faces, from five different states, with the program this year. Freshmen Megan Finck and Alex Hartke are from New York, Kyra Levi from Pennsylvania, Olivia Neistat from Connecticut, Ally Podsednik from Texas, and Emily Shugan from New Jersey.
IVY CLASSIC RETURNS TO PALESTRA: The Ivy Classic returns to Penn, and The Palestra, for the first time since 2011. The last time the four team meet – featuring Brown, Cornell, Yale, and the Quakers – was in Philadelphia, Penn won with a score of 191.950. It was the first of back-to-back Ivy Classic titles for the team.
FIRST TIME HOSTING USAG NATIONALS: For its first time ever Penn will host the 2015 USAG Women’s Collegiate National Championships. 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.