It was almost the comeback of the century. In last place after the first rotation of the Ivy Classic, Penn gymnastics embarked on a furious rally to catch up to its conference foes, but the Quakers ultimately came up just short of their first league title since 2015, taking second place behind repeat champion Cornell by a mere 0.400-point margin.
Four Ivy League schools, four different events, one trophy. Classic. Penn gymnastics will travel to New Haven, Connecticut this weekend to take on Yale, Brown and Cornell in the conference’s decisive meet.
This weekend, a number of winter sports teams wrap up their seasons with Ivy League championships. While women's swimming and men's squash finished up last week, their opposite-gender counterparts along with gymnastics and indoor track and field all compete this weekend for postseason glory.
The Quakers ended the meet with their second best score of the year at 193.425, showing some of their best performances so far this season. They came away with a victory against ECAC rival William and Mary, but Kentucky took home first place.
This Sunday, Penn gymnastics will travel to College Park, Maryland to compete in its third consecutive quad meet of the season. The Quakers will face off against Maryland, Kentucky, and William and Mary. With only a week separating the Red and Blue from the Ivy Classic, this weekend’s tournament will be crucial for Penn to assure confidence in the lineup before the ultra-important conference meet.
This past weekend, Penn gymnastics travelled to Rutgers to strut its routines in a quad meet against Maryland, Rutgers, and fellow Ivy League foe Yale. Despite notching a total of seven personal career-high marks throughout the evening’s events, the weekend's performances were not as fruitful as the Red and Blue would have hoped, landing them a fourth-place finish for the second straight week.
Penn gymnastics will take to Piscataway, N.J. to show they judges how they balance out against Rutgers, Maryland, and Ivy League rival Yale. The event will mark the team's third quad meet of the season and will be a chance to prove to itself and its opponents that its fundamentals are sound as a beam and its ability to execute is not up for debate.
At the Quakers' second home competition of the year, Division II Bridgeport stunned all in attendance to take the quad-meet victory by beating NC State by just 0.257 points, while Cornell took third and the Quakers took a frustrating fourth place.
This Sunday, Penn will return to the Palestra for its second home competition of the year, hosting North Carolina State, Bridgeport and Cornell in the team’s annual “Pink Meet” to raise breast cancer awareness.
Coming out of nowhere after an injury-plagued freshman season, Caroline Moore has become a sensation overnight for Penn gymnastics, seizing a leadership role for a Penn team that finds itself in the Ivy League’s driver’s seat in a situation that seemed impossible only months ago.
As we get deeper into the second semester, we’ve started to get a firm grasp on the true makeup of Penn’s winter sports teams. Though there unquestionably is still time for certain teams to flip the script, we’ve already seen enough from most squads to judge whether they’re contenders or pretenders at this point. With that said, our sports editors take to the roundtable to debate: which Penn winter team has exceeded expectations the most so far:
After a string of strong showings to start the season, the Penn women’s gymnastics team took a unexpected, tough loss to West Chester University on Saturday by a score of 193.400 to 189.350. The Quakers came into this meet riding an impressive wave of momentum after a historically great performance against Yale.
Coming off a huge comeback against Yale, Penn women’s gymnastics looks to parlay that momentum against a struggling West Chester squad which has lost its last three meets.
The epic last-rotation comeback by Penn gymnastics in its home opener against Yale was certainly a team effort, but the way sophomore captain Caroline Moore put the team on her back was a performance the likes of which Penn Athletics has rarely seen this year.
After trailing for nearly the entirety of their dual meet against Yale on Saturday, the Red and Blue stunned the crowd with a ridiculous effort of 49.025 points in the floor exercise, pulling off a comeback for the ages in the final event and securing an unbelievable 193.575-192.125 win.
Saturday was just the beginning.
After recording its highest team score since February 2015 in the first meet of the season this past Saturday in Washington DC, Penn gymnastics looks poised to have a breakout season in 2017.
Penn gymnastics is looking for a fresh start.
After placing a disappointing fourth place in the Ivy League last season, Penn is hoping to raise its performance level with the help of an impressive group of six new recruits. And if the opening meet of the season was any indication, this class is ready to make an immediate impact to help the Red and Blue get back to the top.
Overall, the 2015-2016 season was one of improvement for Penn gymnastics.
When the Quakers take to the mats for the first time since last weekend’s eye-opening performance with a home showdown against Yale, the task for coach John Ceralde’s squad will be simple: prove to the gymnastics world that the stellar season opener was no fluke.
“I want to be a part of one of the best teams Penn has ever had,” Penn gymnastics freshman Tara Mills told Penn Athletics before the season started.
Through one meet, Mills and her teammates are off to a pretty good start.