PHILADELPHIA -For the third consecutive week, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team set a new season-high score. This time it came at Rutgers in a quad meet with the Scarlet Knights, Temple, and Ursinus.
Penn finished second on Saturday with a 192.400, falling only to Rutgers. This is the first time this season that the Quakers have scored higher than 192, beating last week's 191.775 for their best performance of 2016.
Penn's day began on what has been its best event, floor. Saturday would be no different, as the Quakers scored a season-best 48.725. Alex Hartke led the way for the Red and Blue with a career-best 9.800, finishing second overall. Rachel Graham and Kyra Levi were close behind with 9.750 scores giving them a share of fourth.
The Quakers then turned their attention to vault where they turned in a 47.625. Morgan Venuti tied her career-best with a 9.775, which was good for third overall. Ally Podsednik wasn't far behind, finishing ninth with a 9.675.
Over the last few weeks, Penn has struggled on bars. That was not the case on Saturday. The Quakers turned in their best performance of 2016 with a 48.000. Kyra Levi and Elyse Shenberger finished tied for second with 9.725 scores.
Finishing their day on beam, the Quakers scored a 48.050, with four gymnasts in the top 7. Freshman Nicole Swirbalus set her young career-best with a 9.800, good for third overall, Kelly Tan also set a new career-mark with a 9.750, giving her fifth, and Amber Hu and Rachel Graham finished seventh with 9.725 scores.
Rutgers finished in first with a 195.075, Temple took third with a 191.625, and Ursinus finished finished in fourth, scoring 188.200.
The Quaker will head to Ithaca, N.Y. next Sunday to defend their Ivy League Classic Championship. That meet is set for a 1 p.m. start.