Gymnastics Prepared to Make Home Debut on Saturday

2011 Gymnastics Statistics

PHILADELPHIA - After spending its first two weekends of completion on the road, Gymnastics is ready to makes its debut in front of the home fans when it hosts Yale on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Quakers have already competed twice in the spring semester and team scores are already drastically improved from a year ago.

This past weekend, the Gymnastics team traveled to New Jersey to take part in the Rutgers Invitational. The Quakers would finish the meet in third place overall, beating out Ivy League Rival Brown for the first Quaker victory of the season.

To date, the Floor Exercise has been one of the strong suits for the Quaker team as this was their highest scoring event in both meets. Kirsten Strausbaugh has been particularly strong in her floor routine, finishing sixth at George Washington, and then posting a career-high score to finish third at Rutgers. Dana Bonincontri and Keolamau Yee have also been strong in this particular event to date.

Another area of strength for the team has come on the Balance Beam, Yee posted the highest Quaker score on the year in this event, 9.700, at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational. Strausbaugh and Bonincontri have also been particularly strong in this event for the first two competitions.

The Vault is one routine that has seen mixed results for the Quakers. Laura DiPaolo has posted two strong scores in the Vault as she placed fourth in her last time out. Strausbaugh and Bonincontri have also posted high scores in the Vault. Diana Moock and Katie Graham have also shown in the past that they are capable of putting up big scores in this event.

One area of frustration for the Quakers has come in the Uneven Parallel Bars. In the meet at George Washington, Bonincontri placed second overall in this event. The next week, DiPaolo posted a season-high score in her third place finish. The Quakers have shown the ability to put up high scores individually in this event; they will now need to focus on team consistency if this is to become one of the team's strengths for the remainder of the season.

On the visitor's side, Yale also comes into this weekend with two competitions under its belt. The Bulldogs started off the season with a victory over Springfield and followed that up with a third place finish at Ithaca. The Bulldogs have posted team scores of 175.875 and 179.500, showing huge improvement from their first competition to the second. The Quakers posted a team score of 189.425 and 188.750 in their competitions.

The upcoming meet with Yale will mark the first of three consecutive home competitions for the Quakers as they finally get a chance to showcase their talents in front of the home crowd. They will be looking to improve upon last year's end result where Penn came up on the losing end versus Yale. The action for this meet and the next two home competitions will take place in Hutchinson Gym as the Quakers hope to pick up their second victory on the season.

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