PHILADELPHIA - In its home opener Saturday afternoon, the Penn gymnastics team fell to Rutgers University 190.725 to 185.100. Despite the loss, many Quakers had career-best routines and many saw improvements from last week.
Competing in her first meet for the Red and Blue, sophomore transfer Claire Stingley led Penn on vault with a score of 9.375. Not far behind, freshman Dana Hollinger received a 9.350.
Junior Elise Bowe had the Quakers' highest score on bars with a 9.575, followed by sophomore Rebecca Engberg's 9.450 and freshman Kirsten Strausbaugh's personal-best 9.400.
With Penn's most impressive beam routine of the afternoon, senior co-captain Jenny Hurst earned the best score of her career, receiving a 9.725. She tied Rutgers' Emma-Rose Trentacosh's score forthe top numbers of the day.
Fellow senior co-captain Lucy la Cour also had a career-best routine, scoring a 9.700 on floor. After improving her personal-best last week, junior Briana Pressey topped it again, getting a 9.400 on floor exercise.
Sophomore Katie Graham (35.625) and freshman Megan Milavec (33.775)represented the Quakers in the all-around. The Scarlet Knights were led by Jenna Zito (38.325) and Laura Sevarino (38.625).
Penn is back in action next Saturday when they face Yale in New Haven, Conn. at 1 p.m.