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SHREVEPORT, La. – Kirsten Strausbaugh has once again shined in individual competition for the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics squad. The senior co-captain, along with three of her teammates, competed at the USAG individual finals on Sunday afternoon, hosted by Centenary College in Shreveport, La. Strausbaugh tied her career high with a 9.850 on bars to win the individual title.
Carissa Lim and Dana Bonincontri competed for Penn on vault. The freshman placed 10th with a 9.625, while Bonincontri placed 11th with a 9.500. Additionally, Strausbaugh competed as the only Quaker on beam and floor, placing 10th and fifth with a 9.700 and a 9.800, respectively.
Penn had two outstanding performances and sent both Megan Milavec and Strausbaugh to the podium for bars. Milavec tied her career high with a 9.800 for the second day of competition in a row, which was good enough to tie for second on the afternoon. All of that was in addition to Strausbaugh’s title-winning 9.850, which also ties for the seventh-highest score in program history.
The Red and Blue also had six gymnasts combine for a total of 12 USAG All-America honors after their outstanding individual performances during the team preliminaries:
First-Team USAG All-Americans:
- Kirsten Strausbaugh (Bars, Beam, Floor, All-Around)
- Dana Bonincontri (Vault, Bars, All-Around)
- Carissa Lim (Vault)
- Megan Milavec (Bars)
Second-Team USAG All-Americans:
- Dana Bonincontri (Floor)
- Elyse Shenberger (Bars)
- Amanda Schlaefer (Beam)
The Quakers have finished competing for the season and will say goodbye to a graduating class of five seniors – Bonincontri, Milavec, Strausbaugh, Kristen Hughes and Haleigh Zillges.
10. Carissa Lim – 9.625
11. Dana Bonincontri – 9.500
1. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.850 (Ties Career High; Ties for Fifth-Best in Program History)
t-2. Megan Milavec – 9.800 (Ties Career High)
t-8. Dana Bonincontri – 9.750
t-10. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.700
t-5. Kirsten Strausbaugh – 9.800