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.
The Quakers’ final score of 191.550 put them just a point shy of the second place finisher, George Washington, while host Towson was well ahead of the field with 194.800.
The Red and Blue finished with a score of 191.650, a total that is just a point less than their Ivy Classic-winning score from February 26. Bridgeport, a program ranked second among Division II teams, took second place in the tri-meet with a total score of 192.950, and host team Maryland was well ahead with 195.075.
Gymnastics team repeated as Ivy Champs to win Penn’s first Ivy title of the 2011-2012 school year.
On Saturday afternoon at the Shelli Calloway Memorial Towson Invitational in Maryland, the Quakers finished second at a four-team meet, scoring a 192.1, their second highest score of the season.
Penn will compete at the Towson Invitational against Ivy rival Cornell, Ursinis and host Towson, which takes place in Towson, Md.
The Quakers are off to their best start in eight years without their best gymnast at full strength.
A first-year environmental studies major, Allan has launched an eco-blog, a website on sustainability and most recently, a social media consulting firm for environmental non-profit organizations.
The Quakers had their best performance since 2008 on the way to beating Rutgers.
The Penn gymnastics team is starting its season on a high note, finishing third at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational Sunday in Washington, D.C.
Nastia Liukin's road to the podium was not easy, a story she told before a group of about 50 at Bodek Lounge Wednesday night.
Despite a career night for sophomore Dana Bonincontri, she fell just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships at the Ann Arbor Regional on Saturday night.
After winning the all-around at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, Penn sophomore Dana Bonincontri was named ECAC gymnastics Athlete of the Year.
Sophomore Kirsten Strausbaugh and the Penn gymnastics team have finally reclaimed the Ivy Leage titles.