PHILADELPHIA – Competing in the second session of preliminary action at the 2015 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team fell just short of qualifying to the Team Finals, finishing third in the session with a 193.100.
The top two teams from sessions one and two advance to the finals, with Lindenwood (194.050) and Texas Woman’s University (193.975) advancing from the first session.
In the second session, Seattle Pacific University claimed the top spot scoring a 193.825. In a tight race for the second and final position, the Quakers were edged by six-time defending champion University of Bridgeport by .600, with the Purple Knights scoring a 193.700.
After three rotations, Penn and Bridgeport were tied, both with a 144.675 team score. The Quakers competed on bars in the final rotation posting a 48.425, while the Purple Knights scored a 49.025 on floor in their last event.
During the evening session, Penn was led by junior Morgan Venuti, who qualified to the Individual Finals on two events, vault and bars. Venuti finished second overall in the second session on vault, posting a 9.775, matching her season and career high. On bars Venuti finished in a tie for fourth in the session, scoring a 9.750.
Fellow Quaker, junior Elyse Shenberger also starred for Penn qualifying for Sunday on two events. Shenberger finished in a tie for third in the second session on beam, scoring a 9.775, matching her season and career high. On bars, Shenberger also scored a 9.750 alongside Venuti finishing in a fourth place tie for the session.
On floor, senior captain Kaitlyn Reszkowski posted the top individual score for Penn – a 9.775 – finishing seventh overall in the session.
Individual event scores for Penn on the evening were vault (48.250), bars (48.425), beam (47.975), and floor (48.450).
The Quakers season for team competition has now completed, individually Morgan Venuti and Elyse Shenberger will compete in the USAG Individual Finals on Sunday, April 12, beginning at 1 p.m.