PHILADELPHIA – On the road for the second straight weekend, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team will compete at New Hampshire Saturday at 7 p.m.
Penn scored a 191.925 a week ago finishing third in a quad meet at No. 13 Penn State, placing behind the host Nittany Lions and Iowa State.
With just two weeks remaining before the ECAC Championships, the Quakers will look to create momentum heading into the championship portion of the year.
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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats have four dual meet victories this year, along with two first place finishes in quad meets. New Hampshire has defeated Yale, Pittsburgh, and Temple in dual meets, and topped Towson, West Virginia, Brown, Southern Connecticut State, and Bridgeport in the quad meets. The Wildcats have posted a team high of 196.525 this season, with a team low of 193.450. The past two meets, New Hampshire has scored a 194.700 and 194.100 in third and fourth place finishes.
HU LEADS QUAKERS AT PENN STATE: A week after winning the Ivy Classic championship, the Penn gymnastics team finished third in a quad meet at Penn State, with a 191.925, behind the Nittany Lions who scored a 196.650 and Iowa State with a 195.375. Brockport finished with a team score of 190.750. The Quakers were led by junior Amber Hu, who finished on beam with a 9.775 and bars with a 9.700. Also with high scores for the Quakers were senior Wynne Levy on vault with a 9.725, junior Elyse Shenberger on floor with a 9.775, and junior Morgan Venuti on bars with a 9.725.
PENN IN DUAL MEETS: Penn has faced some of its toughest competition in dual meets this season. The Quakers opened the year in a head-to-head matchup with No. 12 Stanford, falling to the Cardinal who scored a 195.950. Penn then won dual meets against Yale and Temple at home scoring a 193.150 and 192.475 in its victories. The Quakers then fell in a dual meet at Towson, where they posted a season-high score of 193.775.
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. After being on the road at Penn State this past weekend, the Red and Blue head to New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Connecticut before returning home to host the USAG Women’s Collegiate Nationals in April.
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.
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.