NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Gymnastics has now gone over the 191 mark in back-to-back meetsfollowing a 191.225-point performancetopull away fromYale by nearly three points. In addition to a solid overall team score, Penn scored a 48-plus on bars for the second consecutive meet, while missing that mark by just five-hundredths on the beam. The Quakers posted a team score of at least 47.5 in every rotation,outscoringthe Bulldogs in each of the four events.
Individually, freshman Amber Woo captured her first all-around as a collegiate gymnast, setting season highs in two of her events. Dana Bonincontri finished first on the uneven bars, while freshman Amanda Schlaefer picked up her second straight win on the balance beam. In addition to the winners, the Quakers had the runner-up in each of the four events.
Starting out of the uneven bars, Penn got off to another quick start with its best team score of the day. Bonincontri captured her aforementioned title with a season-high 9.775 to take first. Her classmate, Kirsten Strausbaugh, finished second in the event with a 9.725. Laura DiPaolo finished with a season-best 9.65, giving Penn three finishers in the top-five for the event.
Freshman Makeda Constable scored 9.55, a season high, inher seventh place finish. Megan Milavec gave Penn five solid scores with her 9.475 to finish in eighth, while Woo finished with a 9.3 to round out thebars lineup.
Coming back to vault, DiPaolo missed first place by less than one-tenth, but finished runner-up with a solid 9.675. Freshman Wynne Levy tied her season high with a 9.65, finishing in third, which was her highest place as a collegiate gymnast. Woo and Strausbaugh each finished scores of 9.575. For Woo, this marked a season high. With four gymnasts already in top-five on vault, Amanda Schlaefer scored a 9.025, while Milavec competed in the vault for the second straight meet as she looks to establish herself as an all-around gymnast.
Making the transition to the floor exercise, Milavec posted a season-high 9.65, finishing runner-up in the event. Woo scored a 9.575 to finish in fifth place, while sophomore Nicki Valenti had a 9.525 mark in her first floor routine of the season. She was a regular on the Quakers' floor team a season ago.
Freshman Kaitlyn Reszkowski gave Penn four scores of at least 9.5 with her season high on the event to finish in seventh place overall. Constable rounded out Penn's top-five scores with a 9.35, while Graham added a 9.3 to the event, giving Penn six gymnasts in the top-10 on the floor.
After posting three solid routines, the Quakers left an exclamation point on the meet with their performance on the balance beam. Each of Penn's scoring routines made up the top-five at the end of the day. Schlaefer led the way on beam with a 9.675, while Bonincontri finished second with a 9.625. For the reigning ECAC Athlete of the Year, this was her first time competing on beam in 2012.
Woobolstered her all-around score with a 9.575 on beam, finishing in third. Right behind her was Penn's other all-around gymnast as Milavec scored a season-high 9.55 to finish the event in fourth. Katie Graham finished with a 9.525 in her fifth-place routine as Penn's top five scores all came in above 9.5. Constable added a 9.2 to round out the Penn beam team.
In the all-around, Woo bested her closest competitor by three-tenths of a point overall. This comes just one week after she had the highest all-around score amongst the ECAC freshmen. Milavec also competed in the all-around for the second consecutive meet. Her two season highs to close out the meet propelled her to a third place finish, scoring a combined 37.525.
The Quakers will be back in action next Saturday, February 4 as the Ivy road trip takes them to Cornell next weekend. Next weekend's meet will also have a 1 p.m. start time. Penn will return to its home gym on Friday, February 10.
Full Penn Results
1. Penn - 191.225
2. Yale - 188.350
2. Laura DiPaolo - 9.675
3. Wynne Levy - 9.650 (Ties season high)
4. Amber Woo - 9.575 (Season high)
4. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.575
10. Amanda Schlaefer - 9.025
11. Megan Milavec - 8.850
Uneven Bars (48.175)
1. Dana Bonincontri - 9.775 (Season high)
2. Kirsten Strausbaugh - 9.725
5. Laura DiPaolo - 9.650 (Season high)
7. Makeda Constable - 9.550 (Season high)
8. Megan Milavec - 9.475
10. Amber Woo - 9.300
Balance Beam (47.950)
1. Amanda Schlaefer - 9.675
2. Dana Bonincontri - 9.625 (First time on beam this season)
3. Amber Woo - 9.575
4. Megan Milavec - 9.550 (Season high)
5. Katie Graham - 9.525
8. Makeda Constable - 9.200
Floor Exercise (47.600)
2. Megan Milavec - 9.650 (Season high)
5. Amber Woo - 9.575 (Season high)
6. Nicki Valenti - 9.525 (First time on floor this season)
7. Kaitlyn Reszkowski - 9.500 (Season high)
9. Makeda Constable - 9.350
10. Katie Graham - 9.300 (Season high)
1. Amber Woo - 38.025
3. Megan Milavec - 37.525