Moore Wins Vault as Gymnastics Finishes Sixth at ECAC Championship

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team wrangled several impressive performances individually but was unable to overcome a strong field of competition at the ECAC Championship Saturday, finishing sixth with a team score of 192.075. The meet concludes the regular season for the Quakers. 

Individually, sophomore captain Caroline Moore was crowned vault champion, while freshman Kellie Flavin notched career-highs on both bars and floor.  

Penn started its day off on bars, an event that saw a historic amount of success for the Quakers last time out. Flavin started things off with a career-best 9.775, before Tara Mills followed with a 9.700. Caroline Mitsch recorded a 9.725 for the Red and Blue, while Emma Cullen rounded things out with a 9.550. As a team, Penn finished with a 48.050 on their first event. 

Senior captain Rachel Graham led the way for Penn on beam with a 9.725 at the anchor spot, rounding out the second event for the Quakers. Kelly Tan and Nicole Swirbalus joined Graham with solid performances of 9.600 and 9.575 respectively. As a team, the Red and Blue recorded a score of 47.225. 

Penn's best event of the day came on floor as four Quakers finished with scores of 9.750 or higher. One of those was Flavin, who's 9.750 marked a career-high for the rookie at the one-spot. Graham followed that up with an equal score of 9.750, before Swirbalus notched a 9.650. Both Kyra Levi and Caroline Moore finished with marks of 9.800, ranking as the third-highest scores on floor at the meet. The Quakers culminated with a 48.750 in the event. 

The lone individual championship of the day for the Quakers came in the final rotation, as Moore continued her stellar run of performances on vault with a 9.800 in the anchor spot, finishing first among all six squads. The second-best score for Penn came from Podsednik, as the Red and Blue totaled a team score of 48.050 in the event to bring their meet total of 191.975. 

What's Next?
Penn will wait to see which individuals qualify for USAG's in April.