Gymnastics Picks up First Victory of Season, Places 3rd at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Gymnastics picked up its first victory of the season at Rutgers on Saturday. The Quakers defeated fellow Ivy Leaguer Brown on their way to picking up third place in the meet. Host Rutgers captured the All Around Team Championship with a final score of 192.050. In addition to beating Brown, the Quakers nearly cut in half the deficit between themselves and North Carolina from a week ago at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational.

In addition to the team victory, several individuals stood out for the Quakers. Penn had three gymnasts compete in every event and become eligible for the All Around. Kirsten Strausbaugh took fifth place overall in the All Around. She used a tremendous floor exercise routine to give her a huge boost in the standings. Her floor exercise was a career best 9.825 and landed her in third place overall for that event and set a new season-high for her All Around. Dana Bonincontri placed seventh in the All Around. Bonincontri placed a team high eighth in the balance beam with a season best score of 9.600. However, her best performance came in the floor exercise where she scored a 9.675. Megan Milavec was the final Quaker eligible for the All Around and finished in eighth place. Her best performance came in the uneven parallel bars where she improved by over a point from a week ago and placed 10th in the event. She also had a very solid performance in the balance beam with a season best score of 9.500.

The Quakers best event of the day was the floor exercise where they scored 47.800 points. In addition to Strausbaugh's routine, Bonincontri finished ninth in the event, while Keolamau Yee placed 13th and Nicki Valenti placed 16th.

Another solid performance came from the Quakers on the balance beam. In addition to Bonincontri's eighth place finish, the Quakers placed all five of their scorers in the top 15 with Katie Graham, Milavec, Strausbaugh, and Yee finishing 11th, 12th, 14th, and 15th respectively.

In the vault, Laura DiPaolo finished fourth with a score of 9.625. Strausbaugh and Bonincontri also had good showings as they tied for 12th with identical scores of 9.425.

In the uneven parallel bars, Laura DiPaolo once again placed a team best third in the event with a season-high 9.575. Milavec finished 10th with a season-high 9.350. Elise Bowe and Strausbaugh used a 9.325 to finish in a tie for 12th.

The Quakers will now return home to compete against another Ivy League team in Yale on Saturday at 1p.m.

Full Penn Results

Team Standings
1 Rutgers 192.050
2 North Carolina 190.975
3 Penn 188.750
4 Brown 184.725
Vault (46.875/Team 3rd)
4 Laura DiPaolo 9.625
12 Kirsten Strausbaugh 9.425
12 Dana Bonincontri 9.425
17 Diana Moock 9.225
19 Katie Graham 9.175
20 Megan Milavec 9.150
Uneven Parallel Bars (46.550/Team 4th)
3 Laura DiPaolo 9.575
10 Megan Milavec 9.350
12 Elise Bowe 9.325
12 Kirsten Strausbaugh 9.325
22 Diana Moock 8.975
23 Dana Bonincontri 8.875
Balance Beam (47.525/Team 3rd)
8 Dana Bonincontri 9.600
11 Katie Graham 9.550
12 Megan Milavec 9.500
14 Kirsten Strausbaugh 9.475
15 Keolamau Yee 9.400
22 Elise Bowe 8.850
Floor Exercise (47.800/Team 3rd)
3 Kirsten Strausbaugh 9.825
9 Dana Bonincontri 9.675
13 Keolamau Yee 9.600
16 Nicki Valenti 9.425
19 Katie Graham 9.275
22 Megan Milavec 8.850
All Around
5 Kirsten Strausbaugh 38.050
7 Dana Bonincontri 37.575
8 Megan Milavec 36.850