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PHILADELPHIA - With the Ivy Classic repeat crossed of its to-do list this season, gymnastics returns back to Hutchinson Gymnasium, the site of its season-high score of 192.975. This Saturday, the Quakers will welcome Southern Connecticut to their home gym. The meet will get underway at 1 p.m. Fans can follow along through the team's twitter account, UPennGym. Live stats will also be available.
This will be fans last chance to catch the team at home before the ECAC Championships. During the meet, the team will also be honoring the six members of the senior class - Laura DiPaolo, Rebecca Engberg, Katie Graham, Cari Hayes, Claire Stingley, and Megan Metsgar.
Penn on vault
The Quakers posted a 48.4 on vault at the Ivy Classic this weekend, the second-highest mark in the program's history. The reigning ECAC Specialist of the week, DiPaolo, is the top-ranked Penn gymnast in the event. She is averaging 9.725 per vault and has a season-high 9.8. She has scored at least 9.725 in five of her seven vaults. Kirsten Strausbaugh has scored at least 9.6 on five of her seven vaults and has a season-high of 9.775. Wynne Levy posted her third 9.65 at the Ivy Classic, a personal best.
Amber Woo set a season-high 9.675 last weekend at the Ivy Classic. She has scored at least 9.525 on four of her six vaults. Megan Milavec is coming off a career-high 9.650 at the Ivy Classic. She has scored at least 9.55 at four different meets. Dana Bonincontri has vaulted in each of the past four meets, scoring a season-high 9.7 at the Ivy Classic. Graham has also vaulted twice this season.
Penn on uneven bars
Penn also posted its third-highest score in program history on the uneven bars at the Ivy Classic, 48.7. The bars team has scored 48-plus in five of its seven meets this season, using the same six gymnasts each time. Strausbaugh is the top-ranked ECAC gymnast in the event with a regional qualifying average of 9.785. She has scored at least 9.725 in every meet and has scored at least 9.8 in each of the last three meets. Milavec has scored at least 9.6 in five of her seven bars routines and posted a career-best 9.7 at the Ivy Classic last Sunday.
Bonincontri posted the third-highest bars score in Penn history Sunday with a 9.9 to win the event at the Ivy Classic. She also has scores of 9.825 and 9.775 this year. Makeda Constable posted a 9.65 for the second straight week at the Ivy meet. She has scored at least 9.6 the last three meets. Woo just missed her season high at the Ivy Classic, but has scored at least 9.6 in three of the last four meets and at least 9.5 five of the last six. DiPaolo has scored at least 9.6 on three of her routines, including a season-high 9.675 just two weekends ago.
Penn on beam
Penn has two top-10 gymnasts in the ECAC on the beam. The Quakers have scored 48-plus three different times on this event in 2012. Woo has a regional qualifying average of 9.66. She has scored at least 9.725 in her last two meets and has scored at least 9.65 in five of her last six meets. Graham has a regional qualifying average of 9.63. She has scored at least 9.625 in five of Penn's seven meets and posted a career-high 9.775 during the last home meet.
Constable also scored a season-high 9.675 during the last home meet. She has finished with scores of at least 9.6 in three different meets. Milavec posted her best score on beam in three meets with a 9.55 at the Ivy Classic. She scored a season-high 9.65 at the beginning of February. Strausbaugh has scored at least 9.55 in four of her six beam routines this year, including a career-high 9.775 during the last home meet. Bonincontri has competed on beam that past five meets. She scored 9.7 at the Ivy Classic and set a career-high 9.8 in the last home meet.
Penn on the floor exercise
The Quakers just missed going over the 48 point mark for the third straight meet last weekend, scoring 47.925. Strausbaugh scored a 9.8 last weekend to finish in a first place tie on floor. She has scored at least 9.775 in her last three meets and 9.7-plus on all but one floor routine. Bonincontri had the other 9.8 at the Ivy meet, her second of the year. In just four floor routines, she already has three scores of at least 9.75. Milavec has scored at least 9.55 in each of the last three meets and has two 9.65 routines this season.
Constable had scored 9.65 in her two meets leading up to the Ivy Classic, a season high for her. Nicki Valenti has competed on floor five times this season and has scored 9.5 or higher in three of those meets, including a season-best 9.675 during the last home meet. Woo has also competed on floor a total of five times, scoring at least 9.5 on three of those routines. Kaitlyn Reszkowski has competed on floor in five meets, but not since the last home meet. Her season high so far is 9.575. Seniors Graham and Stingley have also competed on floor in meets this year.
Penn all-around gymnasts
The Quakers have used four all-around gymnasts this season, including all four in the very seem meet the last two weeks. Bonincontri has competed in every event the last four meets. She won the all-around title at the Ivy Classic with a career-high 39.1. She also scored a 38.925 in the last home meet. Strausbaugh finished right behind her, scoring 38.8 at the Ivy meet. She scored a career-high 38.9 in Penn's last home meet.
Milavec has competed in all four events in the last six competitions. She posted a season-best 38.450 in her fifth place finish last weekend, just shy of her career high. Woo has competed in each of the four events in the last two meets, five overall. She has posted her two best all-around scores these past two weeks, including a season-high 38.55 at the Ivy Classic.
About Southern Connecticut
The Owls are averaging 187.733 as a team this season and recorded a season-high 190.050 three weekends ago at the Cornell Invitational. Their best routines have consistently come from the vault and floor teams. The Owls are averaging 47.425 on vault and 47.408 on the floor. Rebecca Brady is averaging 9.721 and 9.646 on her vaults and floor routines, respectively. Brady and Meghan Cole have both competed in the all-around this season.
After the home meet this Saturday, the Quakers will be back on the road the following Sunday, March 11 when they travel to Maryland. After this meet, there are only two more meets before the ECAC Championships on Saturday, March 24.