ITHACA, N.Y. - Gymnastics has now gone back-to-back-to-back with three consecutive 191-plus scores. The Quakers did so scoring over 48 on three events - vault, uneven bars, and beam. The last time the Quakers scored over 48 on three separate events was last year during the Ivy Classic. These three scores today included a season-high 48.125 team score on the beam.
Individually, Penn won three of the four events, while also having the top-two finishers in the all-around. Cornell and SUNY Brockport also set season high team scores, but the Quakers bested the Big Red by nearly two points to claim the top team score. Penn now owns two victories over Cornell in the early going.
On vault, Laura DiPaolo was able to come away with the top individual honors after two seconds and a third-place finish in this event the first three meets. To do so, she posted a season-high 9.8, just 25-thousandths of a point away from a career high. Kirsten Strausbaugh finished second in the event, scoring a career-high 9.775, eclipsing her previous high by over a tenth of a point.
Megan Milavec also set a personal season-best, scoring 9.575, to finish in sixth. In her first time competing on vault this season, Dana Bonincontri scored 9.5 to finish in eighth place. Katie Graham was right behind her with a vault that scored 9.475.Wynne Levy rounded out the vault team with a 9.3.
On the uneven bars, Strausbaugh scored 9.75 to take home the top individual honors in this event. The junior has now scored at least 9.725 in each of her four bar routines this season. Amber Woo set a season high, scoring 9.6 in the event. Her scored put her in a fifth-place tie with Milavec and DiPaolo.
Makeda Constable recorded one of her two season highs for the day on the bars, scoring 9.575, to finish in eighth place overall as Penn's fifth score in the event. Bonincontri rounded out the bars lineup in this meet, scoring 9.025. Penn has now gone over the 48-point threshold in each of the last three meets on the uneven bars.
Scoring a season-best 48.175 during their best event of the day, the Quakers' six beam gymnasts bested all of the other 12 competitors from SUNY Brockport and Cornell. All five of Penn's scoring routines in the event were season highs for Penn. Woo took home her first event win of her collegiate career after capturing the all-around a week ago. She scored 9.675, tying her season high mark set in the home opener.
Milavec scored a season-best 9.65, finishing the event in a second place tie with Katie Graham. Graham's 9.65 was just 25-thousandths of a point off a career high for the senior. Finishing right behind them was Strausbaugh and Constable who each scored season-highs, 9.6. Strausbaugh's mark was just five-hundredths of a point of her career high. Competing on beam for just the second time this season, Bonincontri scored 9.475 to finish the event in sixth place.
Freshman Kaitlyn Reszkowski led the way on the floor exercise, scoring a season-best 9.575, finishing the event in seventh place. She has now improved her floor score in each of the four meets so far this season. Strausbaugh added a 9.55 to finish the event in eighth place overall.
Competing on floor for the second straight meet, Nicki Valenti scored an even 9.5, good enough for 11th overall. Constable posted a 9.45, just barely missing her third season high for the day competing in just the three events. Milavec posted a 9.35 for Penn's fifth score of the event, while Bonincontri score 9.175 in her first time competing on the floor exercise this season.
Setting a career high and a season high helped pace Strausbaugh for her first all-around title this season. The junior scored a combined 38.675 between her four events. She scored at least 9.5 in each of the four events with two scores over 9.7. Milavec finished second in the all-around, scoring 38.175 a season high for her, improving by nearly four-tenths over her previous best this season. In her first all-around in 2012, Bonincontri scored 37.175 to finish fourth of the eligible gymnasts.
After back-to-back weekends on the road, Penn will now have a chance to get back in front of the home crowd this upcoming Friday, February 10, inside Hutchinson Gymnasium. The Quakers will be hosting a quad-meet that also features New Hampshire, Wilson College, and the familiar face of SUNY Brockport.
1. Penn - 191.850
2. Cornell - 189.900
3. SUNY Brockport - 187.575
1. Laura DiPaolo - 9.800 (Season high)
2. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.775 (Career high)
6. Megan Milavec - 9.575 (Season high)
8. Dana Bonincontri - 9.500 (First time on vault this year)
11. Katie Graham - 9.475
16. Wynne Levy - 9.300
Uneven Bars (48.125)
1. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.750
5. Megan Milavec - 9.600
5. Laura DiPaolo - 9.600
5. Amber Woo - 9.600 (Season high)
8. Makeda Constable - 9.575 (Season high)
16. Dana Bonincontri - 9.025
Balance Beam (48.175) - Season high
1. Amber Woo - 9.675 (Ties season high)
2. Megan Milavec - 9.650 (Season high)
2. Katie Graham - 9.650 (Season high)
4. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.600 (Season high)
4. Makeda Constable - 9.600 (Season high)
6. Dana Bonincontri - 9.475
Floor Exercise (47.425)
7. Kaitlyn Reszkowski - 9.575 (Season high)
8. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.550
11. Nicki Valenti - 9.500
13. Makeda Constable - 9.450
15. Megan Milavec - 9.350
16. Dana Bonincontri - 9.175 (First time on floor this year)
1. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 38.675
2. Megan Milavec - 38.175 (Season high)
4. Dana Bonincontri - 37.175 (First time eligible for all-around this season)