Kraez sparkles in gymnastics season opener

Facing Towson at the Palestra, the sophomore won the vault, floor, and all-around title.

Sydney Kraez poses on the mat during her floor routine.

On Sunday at the Palestra, in the season opener against Towson, sophomore Sydney Kraez of the gymnastics team placed first on the vault and floor, and won the all-around title in Penn’s 192.650-191.425 loss to the Tigers.

Kraez, from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, picked up from where she left off last season, when she a Second-Team All-ECAC selection on the floor and vault.

Against Towson, she led all 11 performers on the vault with a score of 9.775. She scored a 9.75 on her first attempt, followed by a 9.80. Towson won the event, outscoring the Quakers 48.625-48.250.

On the floor, Kraez’s score of 9.800 was tops among the 12 competitors. She scored a 9.85 and 9.75. The Red & Blue took the top four positions in the event: Freshman Rebekah Lashley placed second with a score of 9.775, and juniors Jordyn Mannino and Darcy Matsuda placed third with scores of 9.750. Penn won the event 48.700-48.150.

Competing on the bars, Kraez finished fourth (9.475) on the team behind Maninno (9.675), junior Rose Hoffman (9.650), and senior Kellie Flavin (9.600). Towson was victorious in the event by a score of 48.375-47.100.

Sophomore Natalie Yang placed first overall on the beam with a score of 9.825. Kraez finished third with a score of 9.675. Towson won the event 47.500-47.375.

Kraez’s all-around score of 38.725 was tops at the meet.

The Red & Blue take on George Washington next on Sunday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.