PHILADELPHIA - With its scores on the up and up, the Penn gymnastics team will face Western Michigan, George Washington, and host Pittsburgh Friday at 7 p.m. This will mark the Quakers second meeting of the year with GW, after being outscored 187.825-179.550 in their first outing of the season.
Penn comes off last weekend's third-place finish at the Ivy Classic, in which the Red and Blue recorded its highest overall (189.550), beam (47.625), floor (47.825), and matched its best vault score (47.325).
Much of the Quakers' recent success can be attributed to the return of freshman Dana Bonincontri to the lineup. Bonincontri was named the ECAC's Rookie of the Week after taking a share of the Ivy Classic bars title with a 9.675, as well as leading Penn with a 9.700 on beam, and a team second-best 9.650 in her first floor routine of the season.
Freshman Kirsten Strausbaugh has also been a consistent high scorer, leading the team with a 9.775 score on floor and a 37.600 in the all-around, both attained last weekend.
Sophomore Laura DiPaolo owns Penn's best vault score this season (9.675), and ties Bonincontri on bars with a 9.775, while senior co-captain Jenny Hurst's career and season high, 9.725, is a team best.
George Washington comes off its highest score of the season, despite falling to Towson, 193.450-192.045, in its last outing.
Western Michigan won its most recent meet over Illinois-Chicago and Bowling Green in convincing fashion, also posting its highest team score of the season with a 193.925.
Pitt has not scored below a 190.550 this season, boasting a 195.175 team-best. However, they enter Friday following a 194.950-191.900 loss to North Carolina State.