PHILADELPHIA – Every routine and every score matters, as the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team proved Sunday afternoon, winning the 2015 Ivy Classic championship edging Brown by .300 for the title inside The Palestra.
Penn ended the Bears streak of championships at two, scoring a 193.725, while Brown finished with a 193.425. Yale finished in third place with a 192.225, followed by Cornell with a 191.175.
The Ivy Classic title was the Quakers 12th championship, and their first since back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.
Penn gained momentum in its third rotation with its highest score of the year on floor, a 48.950, led by freshman Megan Finck, with a 9.850, and juniors Elyse Shenberger and Carissa Lim with 9.800 scores. Senior captain Kaitlyn Reszkowski and freshman Kyra Levi rounded out the high scoring, each posting a 9.775.
Heading into the last rotation, the Quakers had compiled a 145.325 for a lead over – Yale, 144.675, and Brown, 144.525 – with vault remaining. Penn went on to score its highest vault score of the season, 48.400, claiming the championship by .300 after the Bears posted a 48.900 on bars.
The Red and Blue were led on vault by senior captain Wynne Levy, recording the best individual score of the day, a career-high 9.775. Carissa Lim also helped push Penn on vault, finishing in a tie for second place, posting a 9.725 and matching her season high. Other vault scores for the Quakers were a 9.675 from junior Emily Paterson, a 9.650 from junior Morgan Venuti, and a 9.575 from sophomore Jillian Fordiani.
On bars Penn scored a 48.200, and was led by freshman Emily Shugan who hit a career-high mark of 9.800, earning third place overall as an individual. Elyse Shenberger finished fifth individually, scoring a 9.775.
The Quakers placed three individuals in the top three positions on beam, senior Amanda Schlaefer finished second overall with a 9.725, while sophomore Rachel Graham and Emily Shugan were part of a three-way tie for third place, each scoring a 9.675.
With Wynne Levy claiming top honors in vault for Penn with a 9.775, Brown’s Caroline Morant won individually on bars with a 9.875, Yale’s Brittney Sooksengdao earned first place on beam with a 9.800, and Morant won on floor with a 9.875.
Brown sophomore Jorden Mitchell place first in the all-around competition, with a 38.650.
After celebrating its Ivy Classic championship, Penn returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Penn State to face the Nittany Lions, Iowa State and Brockport. Competition begins at 4 p.m.