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PHILADELPHIA - After its strongest showing since the 2004 season, gymnastics takes its show back on the road this weekend as it competes in the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational. In addition to the host Towson and the Quakers, Cornell and Ursinus will also take part in the quad meet. The action will get underway at 4 p.m. Penn scored 192.975 its last time out and has two victories already this season over Cornell. The team has yet to see Towson or Ursinus in a meet this season.
Towson will be providing live stats and video throughout the weekend. The team will also be updating its newly created twitter account throughout the meet.
After a season high score last meet, Penn is currently just four-tenths of a point behind Towson for the top-ranked Division I ECAC team. The Quakers are averaging 191.410 through their first five meets. The Quakers have also scored a 48 in each of the four events at some point this season, including three such scores on the uneven bars and beam.
On vault, Penn is ranked as the second ECAC Division I team. The Quakers are averaging just under 48 points per meet and have gone over the 48-point mark twice this season. Laura DiPaolo is currently ranked sixth in this event conference wide. She has scored no lower than 9.65 and has three scores of at least 9.7, including a season-high 9.8. Kirsten Strausbaugh is averaging over 9.6 on her vaults this season and has already set a career-high 9.775.
Amber Woo has scored exactly 9.575 in her last two vault routines, while Wynne Levy is averaging over 9.5 and has two vaults of 9.65. Katie Graham scored 9.5 on her only official vault this season, while Dana Bonincontri has scored 9.5 in both her vault routines since returning from injury. Megan Milavec has competed on vault the last four meets and has two scores of at least 9.55.
The Quakers are averaging exactly 48 points on the uneven bars and just missed going over that mark for the fourth straight meet last Friday. Penn has used the same six gymnasts on bars in each of the five meets. Strausbaugh is ranked second in the ECAC and eighth in the North East region in the event. She has scored at least 9.725 in all five meets and set a career-high 9.825 last Friday night.
Makeda Constable has scored at least 9.55 in each of the last three meets and set a season-high 9.6 last time out. Milavec and Bonincontri are each averaging 9.5 this season. Milavec has three routines of at least 9.6, while Bonincontri has three scores of at least 9.75, including a season-high 9.825 that she scored last meet. DiPaolo has scored at least 9.6 in two of her last three meets, while Woo has scored at least 9.5 in two of her last three routines.
On balance beam, Penn recorded the fourth-best mark in program history last meet, scoring 48.675. They are currently the top-ranked Division I ECAC school. With Amanda Schlaefer suffering an injury, Penn has only used six other gymnasts in this event. Graham is ranked ninth in the conference and has scored at least 9.625 in four of her five meets, including a career-high 9.775 last Friday. Bonincontri is ranked 12th in the conference. She scored a career-best 9.8 last week.
Constable scored a season-high 9.675 in her last beam routine and has three scores on beam of at least 9.6. Woo finished with a mark of 9.65, just missing her season-high 9.675 last Friday, a score that she has achieved twice this season. Strausbaugh has competed on beam four times and has seen her score go up each time. She scored a career-high 9.775 last week. Milavec has competed on beam in all five meets. She scored a season-high 9.65 two weekends ago.
On floor, Penn scored a season-high 48.5 as a team last week. Penn has used nine different gymnasts on the floor this season. One constant has been Strausbaugh, who is ranked 10th in the conference. She has scored at least 9.7 in three of her four floor routines and set a season-high 9.825 last week. Nicki Valenti has scored at least 9.5 in all of her floor routines, including a season-best 9.675 last Friday. Bonincontri also tied a career high with a 9.8 in just her second routine on floor last week.
Kaitlyn Reszkowski has scored at least 9.5 in each of her last three meets, including a season-high 9.575 two weeks ago. Constable has competed on floor in all five meets. She scored a season-best 9.65 last Friday. Milavec has also competed on floor every meet. She scored a season-high 9.65 three weeks ago. Graham and Claire Stingley have each competed on floor at least once this year and both had impressive exhibition routines a week ago. Woo has not competed on floor for the last two meets, but has posted two straight scores of at least 9.5 in her most recent floor routines.
Strausbaugh is the third-ranked all-around gymnast in the conference. She also scored the fourth-highest individual total among ECAC gymnast with a career-high 38.9 last week. Bonincontri scored 38.925 last Friday night, the third-highest individual all-around score in the conference this season in just her second week competing in all four events. Milavec has been an all-around gymnast the last four meets and set a season-high 38.175 two weeks ago. Woo has not competed in the all-around the last two meets, but did set a season-high 38.2 in her second meet of the season.
Last season, the Quakers scored 191.950 at this invitational, finishing second to the host Tigers. Strausbaugh and Bonincontri finished first and second on the uneven bars, while the two tied for second in the all-around.
Towson comes into the meet this weekend off a 192.650 last weekend. The Tigers scored a season-high 193 in their only home meet of the season this year. They are averaging above a 48 on three of the four events with their strong event being the vault where they average 48.480. Kacy Cantanzaro is the top-ranked ECAC gymnast on the uneven bars, while Britney Russell is ranked first on floor.
Cornell is coming off back-to-back performances in the 189 range, including the season-best 189.900 that they scored in the tri-meet with Penn two weeks ago. Cornell is very consistent in all four events, averaging a team-best 47.420 on the vault. McKenna Archer is currently ranked second on vault in the conference, averaging 9.75.
Ursinus is averaging 181.585 in its meets this season with a team-high 184.750 last weekend. The Bears best event this season has come on the vault where they are averaging 46.270. Kristin Aichele is averaging a 9.55 on vault, while Johanna Warren is averaging 9.375 on her uneven bar routines.
After one final tune up this weekend, Penn will take part in the Ivy Classic next weekend. This season, the Ivy Classic will be hosted by Cornell.