PHILADELPHIA - Dana Bonincontri capturing the All Around title was a fitting ending to a very solid home debut for the Quakers. Penn opened a quick lead right away with a solid performance in the Vault and just built on that lead throughout the remainder of the afternoon. Each team had three eligible members for the All Around and Penn placed all three of it's All Around gymnasts in the top four. In addition to Bonincontri, Kirsten Strausbaugh and Megan Milavec had solid showings with their respective third and fourth place finishes.
With the win, Penn now owns two victories on the young season. Both of these wins have been very crucial as they have both come over Ivy League opponents.
Penn's strong start on the Vault was due in large part to the strong showing from Laura DiPaolo, who finished second overall in this competition. Bonincontri and Strausbaugh would finish third and fourth respectively helping get the Quakers out to a quick lead. Bonincontri's 9.626 ties her career-high in the Vault. She had previously set her career best at the George Washington Invitational earlier this year.
The momentum from the Vault carried right over into the Uneven Parallel Bars competition as Penn would claim the top three spots and five of the top six spots overall. Bonincontri, finished first in the bars competion, one of two individual event wins on the day to compliment her All Around finish. DiPaolo finished second in the event capping a very solid outing in her two events. Milavec, would finish third in this event, with what turned out to be her second best score of the day individually. Strausbaugh and Elise Bowe also put up high marks for the Quaker point scorers with their fifth and sixth place finishes.
In the Balance Beam, Bonincontri picked up her second event win on the day. Keolamau Yee finished a very close second. Katie Graham put up her best score of the day with a 9.300, which was good enough to finish fourth in the event.
The Quakers definitely saved their best for last as they set a team best event score in the Floor Exercise. The Floor Exercise has shown itself to be a strong point for the team and today would prove to be no different. Strausbaugh joined Bonincontri as the two Quakers that picked up first place finished with her win in the Floor Excercise. As in every other event, Bonincontri showed her consistency with a second place finish. Yee continued to impress with her third place finish. Her 9.625 would tie her with Yale's top gymnast in the event and would also mark a season-high score for the freshman. Megan Milavec finished the floor in fifth place, nearly besting her season-high from the George Washington meet.
Full results for both teams are available here.
Penn will look to carry this momentum its second home meet of the season as they host Cornell next Sunday at 1 p.m in Hutchinson Gym. Cornell is the lone Ivy League school that the Quakers have yet to face this season. Of course Penn will have the opportunity to go head to head with all three of the Ivy League schools at the end of February when the Quakers host the Ivy League Classic.
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