As a young child watching the Olympics, sophomore Dana Bonincontri knew right away gymnastics was the sport for her.
The Red and Blue cruised past Ursinus, West Chester and Wilson in the home quad-meet with a score of 187.925 — five points more than any opponent.
Penn led from start to finish at its dual meet Saturday against Yale, winning 187.200-181.000.
After placing last at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational last week, the Quakers finished third Saturday at a quad meet, ahead of Brown and behind North Carolina and host Rutgers.
Sophomore Dana Bonincontri led the Quakers with a second-place performance on the uneven bars and third place in the all-around competition at the one-day invitational hosted by George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
The Penn gymnastics team came close to upsetting Cornell but couldn’t overcome the recently crowned Ivy League champion’s powerful presence in the floor competition.
The Red and Blue trounced the Golden Rams, finishing with a score of 189.950, while West Chester ended with a score of 182.300.
Though the Ivy Classic remained close throughout its duration, ultimately the Quakers were forced to settle for the bronze for the third year in a row.
Getting healthy was all it took for the Penn gymnastics team to have its best performance of the season. At the Shelli Calloway Invitational in Towson, Md., the Quakers recorded their highest score this season, with 186.4.
With a complete lineup for the first time in months, the Red and Blue will travel to Towson, Md., for the Shelli Calloway Invitational, where they will take on the Tigers, Cornell, Temple, and Ursinus.
Boosted by the return of two injured gymnasts, the squad finished third against the University of Bridgeport, Brown and the Rhode Island Club Team.
Penn was slated for a rematch with West Chester and Ursinus Wednesday, but the blizzard postponed and eventually canceled the meet.
Competing against four Pennsylvania opponents, the Quakers finished the night with a score of 181.200 — only 0.525 behind second-place finisher Ursinus.
The gymnastics team anxiously awaits their first meet, unsure how they will perform with a new assistant coach, a host of injuries and eight freshmen.