Gymnastics Hosts Cornell on Sunday

2011 Gymnastics Statistics

PHILADELPHIA - After picking up its second victory of the season against Yale this past Saturday, Gymnastics will look to go 3-0 against Ivy League competition for the season. The Quakers are riding high, coming off a performance in which they had individuals win three of the four events and the All Around. In addition to the individual success, Penn scored higher than Yale in all four of the events as a team.

Individually, the highlight of the meet was Dana Bonincontri who captured two event first places and the All Around. Bonincontri won the Uneven Parallel Bars and Balance Beam, while also placing second in the Floor Exercise and third in the Vault to capture the All Around title. The other individual winner from Penn was Kirsten Strausbaugh, who won the Floor Exercise. Another notable finish came from Laura DiPaolo. Despite only competing in two events, DiPaolo made the most of her opportunity as she took second in both the Vault and Uneven Parallel Bars.

As a team, Floor Exercise continued to be the strength of the team, with the Quakers placing four individuals in the top five. The Vault score remained consistent with past performances, while the Balance Beam proved to be a difficult event against Yale. The event where the team showed the greatest amount of improvement was the one event that had previously given the Quakers the most struggles. In previous weeks, the Quakers would have one or two individuals place high in the bars competition, but would struggle with the consistency of the entire team. However, this week Bonincontri, DiPaolo, and Megan Milavec placed in the top three to give the Quakers their top place winners. However, Strausbaugh and Elise Bowe showed that the Quakers do have the ability to be consistent with their sixth and seventh place finishes, giving Penn five gymnasts in the top six of this event.

The Quakers will need another strong team performance Sunday if they want to pick up their third consecutive Ivy victory as Cornell has shown the ability to put up high marks in its first three competitions of the season. In their last two times out, Cornell placed first at the SUNY Brockport tournament and was able to pick up a victory over SUNY Cortland in head to head competition. The Quakers are already familiar with Cornell as both teams competed at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational in Washington, D.C. to begin the 2011 season. Penn ended up finishing seventh in the event after being as high as third place in the team standings heading into the last event. Cornell used a very consistent performance in all four events to finish the event in fourth place.

The Quakers will definitely have revenge on the mind when Cornell comes to Philadelphia. The Big Red defeated the Quakers at four different events during the course of the 2010 season. However, the encouraging news for the Quakers is that they got closer to Cornell every chance they received, before barely finishing behind Cornell at the ECAC Championships a year ago. The Quakers now have the opportunity to finally take down Cornell at home.

This upcoming meet between these two teams will be the second of four times that Cornell and Penn compete together this season. Cornell will return to Philadelphia on February 27 to take part in the Ivy Classic hosted by Penn. Both teams will also travel to Providence, R.I. to compete at the ECAC Championships in March. This Sunday, the meet with Cornell will start at 1 p.m. and take place in Hutchinson Gymnasium.

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