Quakers catapult to Ivy Classic title

The gymnastics team won the Ivy Classic championship on Sunday for the first time in five years.

Members of the gymnastics team celebrate and high-five each other during a meet.

Succeeding with a score of 194.850—the second-best in school history—the gymnastics team won the Ivy Classic championship on Sunday, their 13th overall and first in five years. Penn outperformed second-place Yale (193.800), third-place Brown (193.050), and host Cornell (192.975) at the competition in Ithaca, New York.

The Quakers were the top-scoring team on the vault and bars, and had second-highest marks on the beam and floor.

The Red & Blue’s vault score, 48.775, tied for the best in school history. Sophomore Sydney Kraez placed second with a score of 9.825 and junior Rose Hoffman placed third with a 9.800. Freshman Rebekah Lashley’s 9.750 tied for fifth.

Coaches and players on the gymnastics team hold up the No. 1 finger after winning the Ivy Classic.

On the bars, the Red & Blue recorded a 48.075. Junior Jordyn Mannino was the team’s highest scorer with a 9.675, which placed her third. Freshman McCaleigh Marr finished fourth with a 9.650, and sophomore Libby Garfoot was right behind her with a 9.625.

A score of 49.125 on the beam by Penn tied the program record. Sophomore Natalie Yang and junior Darby Nelson both recorded a 9.875, which tied for second. Marr tied for fourth with a 9.825; junior Darcy Matsuda tied for fifth with a 9.800, and Kraez’s 9.775 tied for seventh.

Competing on the floor, the Red & Blue scored a 48.875. Kraez placed second with a score of 9.990, the third-highest mark of the meet. Lashley scored a 9.850, which tied for third, and Mannino scored a 9.825, which tied for fourth.

Kraez was the all-around leader with a combined score of 39.050.