PHILADELPHIA – It’s just the fourth meet of the season for the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team, but it will be the team’s last “official” home meet of the year, as the Quakers will honor eight seniors Saturday afternoon after competing against Temple.
Penn will recognize seniors Sara Allan, Makeda Constable, Dara DiLeo, Wynne Levy, Kaitlyn Reszkowski, Amanda Schlaefer, Jennifer Silver and Amber Woo for their four years of hard work and dedication to the program. The group has won one Ivy Classic Championship and two ECAC championships during their time competing for the Red and Blue.
The Quakers will have seven meets remaining following this weekend, all on the road, except for the Ivy Classic and USAG Women’s Collegiate National Championships that Penn will host. The Ivy Classic takes place on Feb. 22, while the USAG’s will run April 10-12.
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SCOUTING TEMPLE: The Owls will be competing in their fifth meet of the season versus the Quakers on Saturday. Temple’s team-high of 2015 came two weeks ago versus Ursinus, posting a 189.900. The team is coming off a 189.225 performance at New Hampshire last Saturday. Temple is led by senior Lauren Capone, sophomore Brianna Odom, and junior Michaela Lapent.
PENN SENIORS: The Quakers will recognize seniors Sara Allan, Makeda Constable, Dara DiLeo, Wynne Levy, Kaitlyn Reszkowski, Amanda Schlaefer, Jennifer Silver and Amber Woo on Saturday. Levy and Reszkowski have served as two-time captains and been stalwarts on vault and floor respectively. Woo has competed in all four events in her time at Penn, and has scored a career high of 38.825 competing in the all-around. DiLeo has focused on vault, and Silver on bars during their careers, with Schlaefer competing on vault and beam. Allan has worked on all four events in her four years, and Constable competed on beam, bars, and floor before being injured, serving as a student volunteer assistant coach in her final season.
FINCK & RESZKOWSKI EARN ECAC HONORS: Freshman Megan Finck and senior Kaitlyn Reszkowski earned ECAC honors this week for their performances on floor against Cornell, West Chester and Ursinus. Finck earned Co-Rookie of the Week, while Reszkowski earned Co-Coaches Choice of the Week. To read more about their honors, please click here.
PENN FLOOR TAKES MEET: Trailing heading into the final event last week versus Cornell, West Chester, and Ursinus, Penn ended the meet on floor scoring a 48.525, edging out its three competitors with a 190.900 overall. The Quakers were led by performances by freshman Megan Finck (9.800), junior Elyse Shenberger (9.800), and senior Kaitlyn Reszkowski (9.775).
IVY CLASSIC RETURNS TO PALESTRA: The Ivy Classic returns to Penn, and The Palestra, for the first time since 2011. The last time the four team meet – featuring Brown, Cornell, Yale, and the Quakers – was in Philadelphia, Penn won with a score of 191.950. It was the first of back-to-back Ivy Classic titles for the team.
FIRST TIME HOSTING USAG NATIONALS: For its first time ever Penn will host the 2015 USAG Women’s Collegiate National Championships. 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.