PHILADELPHIA - Following three consecutive team performances of at least 191, gymnastics returns to Hutchinson Gymnasium this Friday night for its second home meet of the season. In their first home meet, the Quakers posted a season-best 191.975. This Friday, they will be hosting a quad meet that features New Hampshire, Brockport and Wilson College.
New for this meet Friday, live stats will be available following the completion of each rotation. Also, you can follow the action through the newly created UPennGym twitter feed. The meet on Friday will get underway at 7 p.m.
In their last meet, the Quakers went 48-plus on the vault for the second time this year. It was also one of three events that they did so in the meet against Cornell. The Quakers have the second-ranked Division I vault team in the ECAC, averaging 47.950 per meet. Laura DiPaolo is ranked sixth in the conference after a season-best 9.8. She has scored at least 9.65 on all her vaults this season. Kirsten Strausbaugh scored a career-high 9.775 last weekend. She is averaging 9.644 on vault this season.
Dana Bonincontri vaulted for the first time all season last week against Cornell, scoring a 9.5. Katie Graham is also averaging 9.5 after two vaults this season. Wynne Levy has vaulted in all four meets this season, scoring 9.65 twice. Megan Milavec has competed on vault three times this season. She scored a season-high 9.575 against Cornell. Last weekend was the first time Amber Woo did not compete on vault. She is averaging 9.525 on her first three vaults.
Penn has the top-ranked uneven bars team in the conference, scoring 48-plus in each of the last three meets on the event. The Quakers have used the same bars lineup in each of the four meets this season. Strausbaugh is currently ranked second in the ECAC in the event. She has scored in the 9.7 range in all four meets. Milavec is ranked eighth on the event. She has scored at least 9.6 on three of her four routines this season.
DiPaolo is currently ranked just outside of the top-10 in the conference. She is averaging 9.575 to date, which includes two routines of at least 9.6. Makeda Constable is averaging over 9.5 and set a season-high 9.575 last weekend. Woo also set a season-high last weekend at Cornell with a 9.6, while Bonincontri has added a 9.75 and 9.775 to the Penn bar team this season.
The Quakers also have the top-ranked beam team amongst the seven Division I ECAC schools. They have scored a 48 on beam in two of the last three meets, just missing that mark two weekends ago. Amanda Schlaefer was averaging 9.683 through three routines, but missed the last meet with an injury. Graham is ranked 11th on beam, averaging over 9.6 through four meets. She set a season-high 9.65 last weekend. Bonincontri is averaging 9.55 in the event after competing twice on beam this season.
Constable has competed on beam all four meets, scoring 9.6 twice, including the meet last week at Cornell. Woo has scored 9.675 in two of her last three meets on beam, while Milavec scored a season-best 9.650 against Cornell. Strausbaugh has competed on beam three times this season and is coming off a season-best 9.6 her last time out.
On the floor exercise, the Quakers have scored at least 47.6 in each of the last three meets and scored a season-high 47.725 in their first home meet against Rutgers. Penn has used nine different gymnasts in this event so far this season. Strausbaugh has competed in three of the four meets on floor, posting at least a 9.7 twice so far. Two freshmen, Kaitlyn Reszkowski and Constable, have each competed on floor all four meets. Reszkowski has improved her score each meet this season. She had a 9.575 mark last weekend. Constable is averaging 9.369 with a season-high 9.475.
Milavec is the third Penn gymnast to compete on floor in each of the first four meets. She had a season-high 9.650 two weekends ago. Cornell was the first meet that Woo did not compete on the floor. She has also scored better on floor in each successive meet this year. Graham has competed twice on the floor, while Bonincontri competed in this event for the first time this season last meet. Claire Stingley has also completed one floor routine this year.
As a team, the Quakers are ranked second among ECAC Division I schools, just over a half-point behind Towson. Strausbaugh is the sixth-ranked all-around gymnast in the conference. She has competed in the all-around in three of the four meets, posting a season-best 38.7 in the only home meet of the season. Woo did not compete in the all-around for the first time this season against Cornell. She scored at least 38 in each of the two meets prior to that. Milavec has competed in the all-around each of the last three meets, posting a season best against Cornell. Bonincontri also competed in the all-around last meet for the first time all season.
New Hampshire comes into the meet averaging 193.625 and at least 48 on all four of the different events. They are currently the 32nd-ranked team in the country. The Wildcat's best event is the floor exercise where they average 48.645. On floor, Erin Machado is averaging 9.819 and ranked 48th in the country. They also average 48.605 on the vault. New Hampshire is coming off a team-best 195.475 last weekend against Yale and Brown.
Brockport also competed against Penn in the meet last weekend at Cornell. In that meet, the Golden Eagles scored a season-high 187.575. They are currently ranked as the top Division III team in the country. Last weekend, Elizabeth Levy was the only all-around gymnast for Brockport. She finished that meet in third place. At Cornell, the team's best performance came on the floor where it scored 48.1 as a team.
Wilson comes into this meet with little margin for error as it only has five gymnasts on the current roster and therefore must count every score. Even though the they used five gymnasts for the first time last week, the one gymnast competed in just two events, costing them 20 points from the start. Alexandre Howard led the way for the team in the all-around, scoring 36.225 in that meet.
After the home meet this Friday, Penn will be back on the road for the Towson invitational next Saturday, February 18. The Ivy Classic is also quickly approaching. This year's Ivy Classic will take place in the final weekend of February.