PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off an Ivy Classic championship, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team returns to action Saturday at No. 13 Penn State facing the Nittany Lions, Iowa State, and Brockport, beginning at 4 p.m.
Penn scored an overall team score of 193.725 last Sunday defeating Brown, Yale, and Cornell in the annual Ivy Classic meet. The Quakers edged the Bears by .300 to claim the title, while posting team-high scores on vault with a 48.400, and floor with a 48.950.
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SCOUTING PENN STATE: The 13th-ranked Nittany Lions have had a strong showing thus far, winning four dual meets against Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh. They also took first in a quad meet against Cornell, Rutgers, and New Hampshire. Penn State’s low score this season has been a 194.675 and its high has been a 197.025.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE: The Cyclones have faced ranked opponents seven times this season, including No. 1 Oklahoma twice. Other opponents were Minnesota twice (#17), George Washington (#25), LSU (#2), and Arkansas (#8). Iowa State team scores have ranged from 193.475 to 195.950, scoring a 194.125 and 194.950 in its last two meets.
SCOUTING BROCKPORT: The Golden Eagles are coming off of consecutive victories, one a dual meet win over Cortland, the other a quad meet win over Ithaca, Springfield, and Rhode Island College. Brockport’s high team score this year has been a 191.050. This weekend will mark the third time this season the Golden Eagles have faced Division I competition.
IVY CLASSIC CHAMPIONS: Penn won the 2015 Ivy Classic championship edging Brown by .300 for the title inside The Palestra. The Quakers ended the Bears streak of championships at two, scoring a 193.725, while Brown finished with a 193.425. Yale finished in third place with a 192.225, followed by Cornell with a 191.175. The Ivy Classic title was the Quakers 12th championship, and their first since back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Heading into the last rotation, the Quakers had compiled a 145.325 for a lead over – Yale, 144.675, and Brown, 144.525 – with vault remaining. Penn went on to score its highest vault score of the season, 48.400, claiming the championship by .300 after the Bears posted a 48.900 on bars. For a full recap, photos, and video – click here.
PENN VAULT: The Red and Blue scored a season high 48.400 on vault at the Ivy Classic and were led by senior captain Wynne Levy, recording the best individual score of the day, a career-high 9.775. Carissa Lim also helped push Penn on vault, finishing in a tie for second place, posting a 9.725 and matching her season high. Other vault scores for the Quakers were a 9.675 from junior Emily Paterson, along with a 9.650 from junior Morgan Venuti, and a 9.575 from sophomore Jillian Fordiani, with Venuti and Fordiani both matching their career-high scores.
PENN FLOOR: Penn gained momentum in the Ivy Classic during the third rotation with its highest score of the year on floor, a 48.950, led by freshman Megan Finck, with a 9.850, and juniors Elyse Shenberger and Carissa Lim with 9.800 scores. Finck has now recorded a score of 9.800 or better on floor in her last four meets. Senior captain Kaitlyn Reszkowski and freshman Kyra Levi rounded out the high scoring event for Penn, each posting a 9.775.
ROAD WARRIORS: After having five meets at home thus far in 2015, the Quakers will now become road warriors, traveling for their next four meets. At Penn State this weekend, the Red and Blue will then head to New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Connecticut before returning home to host the USAG Women’s Collegiate Nationals in April.
FIRST TIME HOSTING USAG NATIONALS: For its first time ever Penn will host the 2015 USAG Women’s Collegiate National Championships. Tickets are on sale now at the Penn Athletics Ticket Office. The championships date back to 1982, with Bridgeport claiming the last five team titles outright, and a share of the last six. Spanning three days and taking place in The Palestra, the event will feature eight qualifying teams, along with numerous individuals competing for a USAG title. The Quakers last individual champion was Kirsten Strausbaugh, winning on bars in 2013. Click here for tickets.