Philadelphia - The Women's Gymnastics team will spring into its first action of the season this weekend as it travels to our Nation's Capital to compete in the annual George Washington/Lindsey Ferris Invitational on Sunday at 1 p.m. This meet will include regional opponents, while also possessing a national flavor. Along with the Quakers, ECAC rivals Will am & Mary, Temple, and Cornell will make the trip to Washington, D.C. Rounding out the field will be Rutgers, North Carolina, and the host George Washington.
North Carolina is the favorite coming into the event as the Tar Heels are the only team in the meet receiving votes in the national polls. Combine this with the fact that the Tar Heels are the eight-time defending champions in this event and Penn will certainly be tested early on in the season.
A year ago, the Quakers did not have the type of success that they would have hoped for as they finished the event in sixth place overall. However, with 10 of 12 letter-winners returning, there is reason for optimism heading into the season.
Individually, Elise Bowe will look to improve on her performance from a year ago when she finished ninth overall in the All Around event. Bowe and Megan Milavec, who finished 11th overall in the
All Around, were the only Quakers who competed in all four events.
Bowe is the highest returning placer for the Quakers from a year ago in two events. She finished 28th in the Vault, while also taking 17th in the Uneven Parallel Bars. Megan Milavec finished 19th overall in the Floor Exercise to lead the Quakers. Individually, the top performance from a year ago came from Katie Graham, who finished fifth overall in the Balance Beam.
Action will begin Sunday at 1 p.m. Please check back Sunday Evening for a complete wrap-up on the Quakers day in D.C.