PHILADELPHIA – It was smiles all around for the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team, as the Quakers defeated Temple, 192.475-192.150, and celebrated eight seniors competing in their final home meet of the season.
Immediately after the meet concluded Penn recognized its eight seniors – Sara Allan, Makeda Constable, Dara DiLeo, Wynne Levy, Kaitlyn Reszkowski, Amanda Schlaefer, Jennifer Silver, and Amber Woo – for their hard work and dedication to the program over the last four years.
Beginning the afternoon inside Rockwell Gymnasium, Penn started on bars instead of the normal vault, scoring a 48.175. A different beginning event made no difference to Elyse Shenberger, as the junior scored a career-high 9.875, placing first individually on theevent.
The Quakers totaled their highest score of the season to date on vault, scoring a 48.250. The Red and Blue took the top three spots individually led by junior Carissa Lim with a 9.725, followed by senior captain Wynne Levy with a 9.700, and matching her career high with a 9.625, was junior Morgan Venuti.
Competing just five gymnasts on floor, Penn finished with a 47.875. Freshman Megan Finck delivered another standout performance on the event, scoring a season-high 9.875. Finck has not scored lower than a 9.775 on floor all season long, and for the second week scored a 9.800 or higher.
Finishing the dual meet on beam with a team total of 48.175, the Quakers were led by junior Amber Hu scoring a 9.725, and freshman Emily Shugan scoring a 9.675 in her first time competing on the event. Hu finished second overall individually, while Shugan finished third.
For Temple, the Owls scored a 47.925 on vault, 48.150 on bars, 48.125 on beam, and 47.950 on floor. Senior Alexis Arena claimed the top individual position on beam with a 9.850.
After four consecutive home meets to begin the season, Penn will return to competition on the road, traveling to Towson on Feb. 14, with the meet beginning at 4 p.m.