Even with a solid score of 191.525 in this weekend’s matchup against North Carolina, the meet did not end in the Quakers’ favor.
It’s no secret in the gymnastics community that a female competitor usually peaks around the age of 16, long before one enters college.
The Quakers started off their spring break strong, defeating Ursinus 189.425 to 185.375.
The Penn women’s gymnastics team was unable to hold onto its crown as the two-time defending Ivy League champions.
Looking for their third Ancient Eight title in as many years, Penn gymnastics will square off against Brown, Yale and Cornell on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Against Bridgeport and former Olympian Monica Mesalles Sallare, Penn narrowly fell 195.325-193.975 at the Palestra despite posting its fourth-highest overall score in program history.
In the Quakers’ only meet at the Palestra all season, against Bridgeport, it is the Red and Blue’s most–and least–experienced members that merit watching.
On Saturday, the Quakers will travel to neighboring West Chester for their second dual meet of the season after beating Yale back on Jan. 27.
The Quakers came in second with a 189.575, beating the Centenary score of 187.550, but falling to host Ball State, which came out with a 193.800.
The Red and Blue beat their team score from last weekend and achieved a new season high of 191.525. With only one fall on the balance beam, the women are becoming stronger and more consistent.
Engaged in a four-way battle royal with Rutgers, Bridgeport and Ursinus, the Quakers came away from New Jersey with a final score of 190.525, good for third place.
Penn gymnastics will face off against Rutgers, Bridgeport and Ursinus in New Brunswick, N.J., on Saturday at 1 p.m.
After finishing third last year with an overall score of 189.025, Penn finished 4th this year at the Lindsey Ferries Invitational, despite a final score of 189.575, their highest to date at the annual competition.
The Quakers showed off their depth in what amounted to a season preview for the Ivy League Champs in the Red vs. Blue Intrasquad Meet.
Coach John Ceralde’s freshmen are joining a squad with high expectations following a season in which the team won the Ivy Classic and the ECAC Championship.
They came into the meet as the third seed, and lived up to expectations, finishing behind the University of Bridgeport and Texas Women’s University (TWU), while beating out five other squads.
This should be considered one of Penn gymnastics’ best-ever seasons, but if the last word is the most memorable, the Quakers need a strong final performance to cement their successful year.
On Saturday afternoon, gymnasts Dana Bonincontri and Kirsten Strausbaugh competed in NCAA Regionals at North Carolina State and although they turned in career-best performances, neither will advance to the NCAA Championships.
Penn gymnastics won its first ECAC title since 2004 at the Palestra Saturday, beating Towson in the teams’ third meeting of the season.
While the Red and Blue would like to bring home their first win at the meet since 2004, they’ll have to go through a Towson squad that has outperformed them on two separate occasions this year.