Gymnastics Places Seventh at Lindsey Ferris Invitational

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Quaker Gymnastics got off to a disappointing start as they finished seventh in the seven-team Lindsey Ferris Invitational in Washington, D.C. to open their season on Sunday. North Carolina went on to capture the team championship, which was its ninth consecutive title at this event. Even though it was a tough day for the team as a whole, there were several bright spots throughout the competition for several individuals.

Of all the Quaker individuals, the biggest individual performance came from Dana Bonincontri. On the strength of her second place finish in the Uneven Parallel Bars Competition, a team best, Bonincontri was able to finish the competition in third place overall in the All-Around. In the other three competitions, Bonincontri finished 11th in the Floor Exercise, 13th in the Vault, and 18th in the Balance Beam.

Kirsten Strausbaugh also competed in every event for the Quakers, while finishing seventh individually in the All Around. Her best performance came in the Floor Exercise where she placed a team-high sixth overall. In addition to her Floor Exercise, Strausbaugh finished 13th in the Balance Beam, 18th in the Vault, and 31st in the Uneven Parallel Bars.

The only other Quaker gymnast to compete in all four events was Megan Milavec, who finished 16th in the All Around. Her four routines where highlighted by her Floor Exercise in which she placed 26th overall.

Laura DiPaolo finished a team best eighth overall in the Vault, while Keolamau Yee was the highest placing Quaker in the Balance Beam with a 10th place finish.

Complete results of the George Washington/Lindsey Ferris Invitational can be found here.

Next Saturday, the Quaker gymnasts will have a chance to improve on their season opening campaign as they travel to Piscataway, N.J. to take on Rutgers University. The Quakers should already be familiar with the Scarlet Knights as they both took part in the invitational tournament this weekend. Rutgers finished third overall as a team this weekend.

Penn Results

Team Standings
1 North Carolina 193.900
2 George Washington 191.975
3 Rutgers 191.725
4 Cornell 191.275
5 William & Mary 190.275
6 Temple 189.625
7 Penn 189.425
Vault (Fifth/47.900)
8 Laura DiPaolo 9.725
13 Dana Bonincontri 9.625
18 Kirsten Strausbaugh 9.600
26 Diana Moock 9.525
34 Katie Graham 9.425
41 Megan Milavec 8.950
Uneven Parallel Bars (Seventh/46.175)
2 Dana Bonincontri 9.800
24 Elise Bowe 9.475
31 Kirsten Strausbaugh 9.050
33 Laura DiPaolo 8.975
35 Diana Moock 8.875
40 Megan Milavec 8.150
Balance Beam (Fifth/47.250)
10 Keolamau Yee 9.700
13 Kirsten Strausbaugh 9.575
18 Dana Bonincontri 9.500
25 Elise Bowe 9.425
36 Megan Milavec 9.050
42 Nicki Valenti 8.650
Floor Exercise (Sixth/48.100)
6 Kirsten Strausbaugh 9.800
11 Dana Bonincontri 9.750
22 Keolamau Yee 9.600
26 Megan Milavec 9.525
34 Nicki Valenti 9.425
38 Katie Graham 9.225
All Around
3 Dana Bonincontri 38.675
7 Kirsten Strausbaugh 38.025
16 Megan Milavec 35.675