PHILADELPHIA - Coming off back-to-back 191-plus performances, gymnastics continues its Ivy League road trip this Saturday when the team travels to Cornell for a 1 p.m. meet. In addition to Cornell, Brockport will also be taking part in the tri-meet. After scoring 191.975 in the home opener, the Quakers scored 191.225 a weekend ago. They have also scored over 48 on bars in each of the last two meets.
On vault, Penn is averaging just below 47.9 through three competitions, good enough for third-best in the ECAC's. Laura DiPaolo is ranked ninth in this event conference wide, averaging just under 9.7. Kirsten Strausbaugh is averaging exactly 9.6. Just behind her is Wynne Levy. She is averaging just under 9.6, but has two scores of 9.65 already this season.
Amber Woo and Katie Graham are averaging identical 9.525's this season. Woo has vaulted in all three competitions and set a season-high 9.575 her last time out. Graham scored 9.525 in her first and only vault this season. Amanda Schlaefer has two vaults of at least 9.65, including a season-high 9.7, while Megan Milavec has a season-high 9.55 on the vault this year.
The Quakers' best event so far this season has been the uneven bars. As a team, they are averaging 47.975, second-best in the conference and less than five-hundredths of a point off Towson, the top-ranked ECAC team on the event. Leading the way for Penn has been three gymnasts that are currently ranked in the ECAC top-10. Strausbaugh is currently second overall, scoring 9.7-plus in all three of her routines. Milavec has two routines of at least 9.6 and is currently ranked ninth. DiPaolo is ranked 10th after scoring a season-best 9.65 her last time out.
Dana Bonincontri is coming off back-to-back routines of 9.75 and 9.775 on the bars. Freshman Makeda Constable has been very consistent so far, scoring at least 9.45 all three meets, including a season-best 9.55 her last time out. Woo is averaging over 9.3 and had a season-high 9.5 two weekends ago. Penn has used the same six gymnasts on the bars in each of the three competitions this season.
The Quakers have the top-ranked ECAC balance beam team amongst Division I schools, averaging over a tenth better than Temple. They also have three gymnasts ranked in the top-12. Amanda Schlaefer has three routines of at least 9.65 and a season-high 9.725, finding herself ranked fifth in the conference and second amongst Division I gymnasts. Bonincontri is ranked 10th, scoring 9.625 in her first routine on beam at Yale. Graham is ranked 12th in the event. She is averaging just under 9.6 and has two routines that scored 9.625.
Constable has scored at least 9.525 on two of her routines and has a season-high 9.6. Woo has scored at least 9.575 in each of her last two routines on beam, including a season-high 9.675 two weekends ago. Milavec improved her season best by three-tenths her last time, scoring 9.55 on beam. Strausbaugh scored 9.575 in the home opener, but did not compete on beam last weekend.
Penn has scored at least 47.6 as a team on floor in each of the last two weeks, including a 47.725 in the home opener. Strausbaugh scored 9.7 and 9.75 in each of the first two meets, but did not compete in this event last weekend. Nicki Valenti made her floor debut against Yale, scoring 9.525 in her first official run. Woo has increased her score on floor every meet this season. Against Yale, the freshman scored 9.575. Kaitlyn Reszkowski has also improved every time out. She scored a season-best 9.5 in the meet against Yale.
Milavec is another gymnast that has improved her marks on floor in each competition. Last weekend against Yale, she scored 9.65, just five-hundredths off her career high. Constable has two routines of at least 9.35, including a season-high 9.475, Graham scored a season-best 9.3 after not officially competing on the floor against Rutgers. Claire Stingley has also competed once on floor for Penn this season.
Woo is the only Penn gymnast to compete in the all-around in each of the three meets this season. She has scored 38-plus combined her last two meets, earning ECAC Rookie of the Week honors following both performances. Strausbaugh finished with a season-high 38.7 in the all-around against Rutgers. Last weekend was the first time she did not compete in the all-around this season. Milavec has competed in the all-around in each of the last two meets. She set her season high against Rutgers, 38.7.
This weekend will pit the top-two finishers of last year's ECAC and Ivy Classic championships. The Quakers won the Ivy Classic, while the Big Red took the ECAC's in a tight team race. Cornell has scored in the 188 range in each of its three meets this season. They have already matched up against Penn once this season. The Big Red finished fourth at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational, an event where Penn finished third. The hosts are averaging at least 47 in each event with a team-best 47.358 average on the vault.
Brockport comes into this weekend as the top-ranked team in Division III. The Golden Eagles have scored in the 186 range in each of their last two meets. Like Cornell, their best event is on vault where the team is averaging an even 47 through three events.
After back-to-back weekends on the road, gymnastics will return home for a quad-meet on Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m. inside Hutchinson Gymnasium.