PHILADELPHIA – For the first time this season, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team will compete on the road, traveling to face Towson in the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational, beginning at 4 p.m. inside SECU Arena.
Penn is coming off a 192.475-192.150 victory over Philadelphia rival Temple last weekend, and has finished in first place in its last three meets.
The matchup against Towson will be the final competition for the Quakers before hosting the Ivy Classic on Feb. 22.
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SCOUTING TOWSON: The Tigers will be competing for the seventh time this season when they host Penn. Towson is coming off its best meet of the season, scoring a 194.975 last week in a meet with New Hampshire, West Virginia and Brown. Prior to then, the Tigers’ highest team score was a 194.525 coming against North Carolina and William & Mary on Jan. 25. Towson is led by freshman all-arounder Tyra McKellar.
ECAC HONORS CONTINUE FOR PENN: Freshman Megan Finck and junior Elyse Shenberger earned ECAC weekly honors after their performances against Temple last Saturday. For the second consecutive week Finck has earned Rookie of the Week honors. Finck set a career high, 9.875, leading Penn on floor against the Owls. Shenberger earned the Coaches Choice honor this past week, for her performance on bars, scoring a career-high, 9.875. To read more about this week’s ECAC honors for Penn, please click here.
TEAM HIGH SCORES IN 2015: Penn’s highest overall team score on the season thus far came against Yale, when the Quakers scored a 193.150. It was the highest team score for the Red and Blue since April of 2013. In individual events, Penn’s highest scores are – a 48.250 on vault (2/7 vs. Temple), a 48.550 on bars (1/25 vs. Yale), a 48.650 on beam (1/25 vs. Yale), and a 48.525 on floor (2/1 vs. Cornell, West Chester, Ursinus).
INDIVIDUAL HIGH MARKS FOR THE QUAKERS: On the individual events, the Red and Blue have four different gymnasts leading the way this season. On vault, junior Carissa Lim has the season-high of 9.725, achieving the mark just last week versus Temple. Junior Elyse Shenberger leads Penn on bars with a 9.875, also against the Owls. Shenberger is also tied with senior Amanda Schlaefer for the top beam score with a 9.775. Schlaefer posted the mark in the first meet of the season versus Stanford, while Shenberger totaled the score against Cornell, West Chester, and Ursinus. Freshman Megan Finck set the standard of floor, scoring a 9.875 last week versus Temple. Penn has had just one gymnast, senior Amber Woo, compete in the all-around this year. Woo scored a 36.400 in the meet against Stanford.
IVY CLASSIC & USAG TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the Ivy Classicinside The Palestra on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. are now available. In addition, tickets are now on sale for the USAG Women’s Collegiate Nationals hosted by Penn, running April 10-12, inside The Palestra. Please click here for ticketing options and to purchase.
IVY CLASSIC RETURNS TO PALESTRA: The Ivy Classic returns to Penn, and The Palestra, for the first time since 2011. The last time the four team meet – featuring Brown, Cornell, Yale, and the Quakers – was in Philadelphia, Penn won with a score of 191.950. It was the first of back-to-back Ivy Classic titles for the team. Click here for tickets.
FIRST TIME HOSTING USAG NATIONALS: For its first time ever Penn will host the 2015 USAG Women’s Collegiate National Championships. The championships date back to 1982, with Bridgeport claiming the last five team titles outright, and a share of the last six. Spanning three days and taking place in The Palestra, the event will feature eight qualifying teams, along with numerous individuals competing for a USAG title. The Quakers last individual champion was Kirsten Strausbaugh, winning on bars in 2013. Click here for tickets.