PHILADELPHIA – With rainy and icy conditions up and down the East Coast, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team kicked off its 2015 season against No. 12 Stanford inside The Palestra Sunday afternoon.
Originally schedule to be a tri-meet, between the Quakers, Stanford, and Bridgeport, the Purple Knights were unable to make it into Philadelphia after being stuck on I-95 in New York due to the icy road conditions.
Penn and Stanford continued on in dual competition, with the Cardinal outscoring the Quakers, 195.950-189.575.
In the season opener, the Red and Blue gymnasts impressed on floor, scoring a 48.475, a team high of all four events. Penn was led by junior Carissa Lim and freshman Megan Finck on floor. Lim finished second individually with a 9.825, and set a new career-high in the event. Finck finished fourth individually, with a 9.775.
Other individual high scores for the Quakers were senior Amanda Schlaefer scoring a 9.775 on beam, junior Elyse Shenberger with a 9.725 on bars, and Lim with a 9.650 on vault.
Taking each of the top spots individually for Stanford were, sophomore Nicolette McNair and freshman Elizabeth Price on vault with scores of 9.925, redshirt junior Ivana Hong and Price on bars with scores of 9.950, Hong on beam with a 9.900, and Rice on floor with a 9.875.
In addition to the team score on floor, Penn finished the day with a 47.875 on vault, 46.600 on bars, and a 46.625 on beam. Stanford finished with a 49.325 on vault, 49.475 on bars, 48.450 on beam, and 48.700 on floor.
Up next for the Quakers is a dual meet with Ivy rival Yale, schedule for Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. inside The Palestra.