PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - With plenty of new faces seeing action for the Quakers, the gymnastics team just kept on rolling Wednesday night in their quad-meet. The host Quakers defeated West Chester, Ursinus, and Wilson to pick up three more victories on the season. Penn has now won six meets in a row after Wednesday night. The Quakers scored 187.925 points as team to put a five point gap between themselves and runner-up Ursinus, who finished with 182.925.
Two of the Quakers who made a significant impact on the team score, Megan Milavec and Elise Bowe, were not new faces to the Quaker rotation, but they did get the chance to compete in all four events and become eligible for the All Around. Milavec had competed in every event for the Quakers in the first three meets of the season, before competing in just three against Cornell. She rewarded the decision of her coach to give all four events a try again with a victory in the All Around and the Floor Exercise. Milavec also broke her season-high mark for the All Around and the Vault, which was the event she did not compete in against Cornell. In addition to those performances, Milavec broke her career-high in the bars and season-high in the Balance Beam.
Bowe has been a key contributor to the Quakers on the Uneven Parallel Bars and the Balance Beam all season long. Against Cornell, she added the Vault to her repertoire. Tonight, she finally received the opportunity to compete in four events. She also rewarded her coach with her second place finish in the All Around behind Milavec. Bowe broke season-high marks in both the Balance Beam and Vault, placing fifth and ninth respectively in those events. She also added a fifth place finish in the bars and seventh place in the Floor Exercise to give her a solid mark in every event.
The Quakers started off the night on the Uneven Parallel Bars and quickly jumped out to an early lead. Dana Bonincontri picked up her first win of the evening to lead the Quakers. Milavec and Kirsten Strausbaugh would finish in a tie for third. Bowe's fifth place finish gave the Quakers four of the top five finishers in the event. Rebecca Enberg made her season debut in the bars and finished in 10th place. Captain Megan Metsgar also saw her first action of the season, finishing in 17th place in the event.
Penn owned the Balance Beam for the second consecutive meet. The Quakers bested their score that they had set just three days ago, falling just short of a 48, with a team score of 47.925. Bonincontri won this event, giving her two victories in the only two events that she saw action in. Keolamau Yee and Milavec tied for third and Bowe finished in fifth place overall. Just like the bars competition, the Quakers placed four gymnasts in the top five of the Balance Beam. Katie Graham added a seventh place finish to the score sheet with her routine.
Moving over the Floor Exercise, behind the aforementioned Milavec victory, where two more Quakers, Nicki Valenti and Graham. Valenti broke her career-high in the floor to finish in a second place tie. Graham, who also broke her career-high in this event, finished in a tie with Valenti. In addition, to the Bowe seventh place finish, Mia Madlambayan and Yee both finished the event in a tie for 15th.
The team finished up the meet on the Vault with some very strong individual performances. Milavec and Graham led the way for the Quakers with their tie for second place. Diana Moock also got into the act with a sixth place finish in her only event of the night. Bowe wrapped up her night with ninth in the event. Madlambayan and Valenti finished in a 15th place tie for the event.
The Quakers will now have to hit the road for one event before returning home again. The team will travel to the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational at Towson University on February 20. After this meet, the Quakers will return home and carry their skills into The Palestra to take part in the Ivy Classic on February 27. Action for both of these events will begin at 1 p.m.
Full Penn Results
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