PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Despite finishing behind the University of Bridgeport (190.225) and Brown University (188.550)Sunday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center, Penn's gymnastics team earned its second-highest score of the season, 183.975, including season-best scores on vault (47.325) and bars (46.950). Penn finished in front of Rhode Island's Club Team (168.650) for its second win of the year.
Individually, a number of Quakers had their best performances of the season, including freshman Kirsten Strausbaugh who scored career-bests in all of her events. On vault, Straughsbaugh led Penn with a 9.625, good for fourth place. Freshman Dana Hollinger had a personal-best with a 9.550, while junior Elise Bowe also topped her season-high with a 9.325.
Strausbaugh's 9.575on bars also led the way for the Red and Blue, and gave her a share ofthird place in the event. Scoring a 9.550 Bowe took fifth, while freshman Megan Milavec's season-best performance (9.425) was worthy of sixth place. Sophomore Laura DiPaolo earned a 9.250, and classmate Katie Graham scored a career-high 9.150.
Senior Jenny Hurst had Penn's highest score on beam with a 9.450, followed by Milavec's 9.350. Milavec had Penn's strongest showing in the all-around this season, scoring a 37.300, for a fourth-place finish. Bowe finished with a 36.200 and Graham scored a 35.750.
The Quakers are back in action Saturday when they compete in the Shelli CallowayInvitational hosted by Towson at 2 p.m. The following week, Penn will head back to Brown for the Ivy Classic on Feb. 28.