Gymnastics to Compete at Ivy Classic Sunday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn gymnastics team will get a chance to prove itself against fellow Ancient Eight schools, Cornell, Yale, and Brown, Sunday at the Pizzitola Sports Center in Providence R.I. The Ivy Classic is set to start at 1 p.m.

Penn comes off last weekend's third-place finish at the Shelli Calloway Invitational, in which the Quakers scored their highest cumulative score of the season (186.400). In fact, the Red and Blue's scores have gotten increasingly better over the past four meets as preseason injuries have begun to heal.

Penn also comes off their highest bars score of the season (47.450) in which sophomore Laura DiPaolo and freshman Dana Bonincontri tallied 9.775's.

On the season, DiPaolo's 9.675 on vault is a team-high, while senior Jenny Hurst on beam and freshman Kirsten Strausbaugh on floor have the Red and Blue's best scores of the year with 9.725's. Freshman Megan Milavec leads Penn in the all-around with a 37.300 as her season-best.

The Quakers have already gotten a glimpse of all the Ivy foes earlier this year, and have unfortunately been outscored by each one. Penn fell to Yale 187.775-179.600, Brown 188.550-183.975, and Cornell on two occasions, 186.800-179.550 and 190.850-186.400. However, if the Quakers continue their upward trend this weekend they should have a decent shot at the program's 10th Ivy Classic championship.

For the past two years, Penn finished third behind two-time defending champion Cornell. This year, the Quakers hope to repeat 2007's results - Penn's most recent Ivy championship win. ­