PHILADELPHIA - For the second straight week, gymnastics went over the 192 mark, scoring 192.100 following a furious finish en route to its second place finish at the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational. After starting out with a solid performance on the balance beam to start the day, gymnastics just took off when it got to the floor exercise and never looked back on its way to posting 48-plus team scores on the floor and the second-best score of the season on the uneven bars.
In back-to-back weeks, the Quakers have scored 48-plus on floor. Today marked their second-best score of the season on this event. They would then close the day with their highest score of the season on bars, 48.500. This mark tied for the fifth-best bars team in program history and bested their previous season high by three-tenths. Overall, it was the team's highest bars score since the 2007 season.
The hosts, Towson, finished with a score of 194.1 to win the event in its home gym. However, Penn did better Cornell by exactly three points to finish second by a comfortable margin. Ursinus finished the meet in fourth place.
Starting rotation one on the balance beam, Amber Woo led the way with a season-high 9.775, finishing the event in third place overall. Right behind her was Katie Graham, who scored a 9.725, finishing in fourth place for the event and gave Penn a pair of top-five finishers.
Dana Bonincontri scored 9.525 to finish the event in 12th place overall. Makeda Constable was right behind her, scoring 9.45, finishing in 13th place. Megan Milavec scored an even nine on beam for Penn's fifth score in the event. Kirsten Strausbaugh rounded out the beam team for Penn.
On the floor, Strausbaugh came right back with a strong showing of 9.775 to finish in second place overall for the meet. Her score was just 25-thousandths of a point behind the event champion. She has now scored at least 9.7 in four of her five floor routines this season. Bonincontri gave Penn two more finishers in the top-five on this event, scoring 9.75 in her fifth place finish, just shy of her season-high 9.8 that she scored a week ago.
Finishing in a tie for sixth place with final scores of 9.65 were Milavec and Constable. Both of these performances tied each of the individual's season highs. For Constable, this is the second week in a row that she has scored 9.65 on floor. Amber Woo added a solid 9.425 for Penn's fifth score in the event during her 17th place finish, while Nicki Valenti rounded out the Quakers' floor team.
Transitioning back to the vault, Penn recorded another second place finish as Laura DiPaolo scored 9.75 to lead Penn for the event. Strausbaugh came up with a 9.625 to give Penn a pair of top-10 finishes in the event as she finished in eighth place overall.
Milavec added a 9.55 for Penn's third-best mark in the event as she finished in 12th place overall. Woo and Bonincontri finished the vault in a tie for 14th place overall with their marks of 9.475, giving Penn its fourth and fifth scores for vault. Wynne Levy rounded out the vault team on Saturday, scoring an even nine.
Finishing up on the uneven bars, the Quakers definitely closed out the meet strong. Penn bested Towson on bars by 25-hundredths of a point overall, recording the highest team score overall in this event. After a couple of gymnasts came close on the early events, Strausbaugh claimed Penn's first event title by tying her season-high 9.825 that she set last week.
DiPaolo, Milavec, and Woo were three of several gymnasts that finished a group that tied for fifth place overall. Each of these gymnasts finished with marks of 9.675. For Woo and DiPaolo this score broke previous season highs that the two gymnasts had set. For Milavec, this tied her season high mark for the event that she set during the first home meet of the season.
Constable gave Penn all five of its scores in the top-10 when she scored a season-high 9.65 in her 10th place finish on the bars. Bonincontri was the Quakers' sixth gymnast on the event. She scored a 9.25 in her routine to round out a solid day on bars for the team.
In the all-around, Penn claimed the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth positions with a season-high four gymnasts competing in the all-around. Woo finished the meet in third place, scoring a season-high 38.350 in her four combined events. Strausbaugh and Bonincontri scored 38.150 and 38-even to finish right behind Woo in fourth and fifth. Milavec finished the meet in sixth overall, scoring a combined 37.875.
If the meets leading up to this are any indication, the Quakers are more than ready for the Ivy Classic at Cornell next weekend. Penn will look to defend its Ivy Classic title next Sunday, February 26. This meet will get underway at 1 p.m.
Full Penn Results
1. Towson - 194.100
2. Penn - 192.100 - Second-highest team score
3. Cornell - 189.100
4. Ursinus - 185.175
2. Laura DiPaolo - 9.750
8. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.625
12. Megan Milavec - 9.550
14. Amber Woo - 9.475
14. Dana Bonincontri - 9.475
24. Wynne Levy - 9.000
Uneven Bars (48.500) - Season best by three-tenths
1. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.825 - Ties career high set last week
5. Amber Woo - 9.675 - Season high
5. Megan Milavec - 9.675 - Ties career high
5. Laura DiPaolo - 9.675 - Season high
10. Makeda Constable - 9.650 - Season high
17. Dana Bonincontri - 9.250
Balance Beam (47.475)
3. Amber Woo - 9.775 - Season high
4. Katie Graham 9.725
12. Dana Bonincontri - 9.525
13. Makeda Constable 9.450
21. Megan Milavec - 9.000
22. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 8.925
Floor Exercise (48.250)
2. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.775
5. Dana Bonincontri - 9.750
6. Megan Milavec - 9.650 - Ties season high
6. Makeda Constable - 9.650 - Ties season high
17. Amber Woo - 9.425
24. Nicki Valenti - 8.625
3. Amber Woo - 38.350 - Season high
4. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 38.150
5. Dana Bonincontri - 38.000
6. Megan Milavec - 37.875