PHILADELPHIA -Coming off a tough showing at the Ivy Classic, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team finished seconded in a tri meet at Temple. The Quakers scored a 191.900 including a 48.925 on bars and defeated Temple, while falling to Bridgeport.
Penn's exceptional day on bars was the second best score in program history in the event, bested only by a 49.075 in the 2004 Ivy Classic. Kyra Levi led the way for the Quakers with a career-best 9.900. Levi's score is good for a share of third all-time for Penn. Impressively, the Quakers took the top three individual spots on Saturday, with Elyse Shenberger scoring a 9.825 and Morgan Venuti turning in a career-best 9.800.
The Quakers shined once again in what has been their most consistent event of 2016, floor. Penn had four gymnasts with a share of one of the top five spots. Nicole Swirbalus and Rachel Graham both tied for third with scores of 9.725 and Venuti and Alex Hartke tied for fifth with 9.675 routines. As a team, the Quakers tallied a 48.450.
Venuti added to her impressive day with a team-high vault score of 9.625, which gave her a share of fifth in the meet. Fellow senior Emily Paterson was close by with a 9.600 and Freshman Alberta Massey was next in line with a 9.550. All together, it was a 47.675 for the Quakers on vault.
Penn has impressed on beam in recent weeks, but that was not the case on Saturday as the they scored a 46.850. Amber Hu was the Red and Blue's best in the meet with a fourth place finish, scoring a 9.700.
Next Saturday, the Quakers return home for their final home meet of 2016. It will be a 1 p.m. start in the Palestra against Bridgeport.