In 1991, the University of Pennsylvania women’s gymnastics team began a run of success that has brought the program eight Ivy Classic titles and two ECAC team titles.
That first Ivy Classic title was highlighted by Mary Pedersen’s 37.40 win in the all-around and spoke of things to come for the Red and Blue. Penn captured the title again in 1992, becoming the first back-to-back champions since Yale accomplished the feat in 1986 and 1987. The Quakers asserted their dominance throughout the rest of the 90’s, winning the title in 1994, and beginning in 1997, won four-consecutive titles to close out the century and usher in a new one. Penn’s eighth, and most recent Classic title, came in 2004, when the Red and Blue recorded two new program event records, on the vault and on the bars.
Throughout the years since that first Classic title, 26 events have been won by 14 Penn gymnasts at the Ivy Classic. Four members of the Red and Blue have been named NCAA Regional Gymnast of the Year and 14 have been honored as All-ECAC for their triumphs. In 1998, Katherine Gunn was named NCAA Regional Athlete of the Year, ECAC Athlete of the Year, ECAC Scholar Athlete and Academic All-Ivy. Every graduating class since 1991 has left Penn with at least one Ivy Classic title.
This success, coupled with talent and hard work, has catapulted Penn to the top of the ECAC, began a tradition of excellence that will continue for the Quakers for years to come.