Consecutive champions! Gymnastics leaves Williamsburg Queens of the GEC

History Ties WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — For the second straight season, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team stands on top of the mountain, winning the 2023 Gymnastics East Conference (GEC) championship Saturday night at Kaplan Arena.

The Quakers put in a tremendous effort in the second session of the night, which included a season-high team score on the floor exercise to win the title for the second straight year.

BEAM | Penn 48.775
Freshman Skyelar Kerico had quite the opening routine herself for the Quakers on balance beam, scoring a 9.825 to lead her teammates. Sara Kenefick notched a 9.775, Alisha Werlen a 9.750 while McCaleigh Marr scored 9.725 and Kiersten Belkoff finished with a 9.700. Campbell Marr completed the group with a 9.650.

FLOOR | Penn 49.075
The top rotation of the night was the floor exercise as four of Penn’s six routines finished above 9.8 for the night. Emma Davies wowed the judges with her record score of 9.900 while Marissa Lassiter finished the night with 9.875 and 9.800 for Ariyana Agarwala and Alyssa Rosen. Carly Oniki scored 9.700 and Sara Kenefick scored 8.925.

CHEST | Penn 48.525
Heading to the jump, Kerico earned her second-best team score of the night with a 9.775 on the spin while Agarwala and Olivia VanHorn posted scores of 9.700. Campbell Marr and Belkoff both scored 9.675 and Lassiter recorded a 9.625.

BARS | Penn 48,550
Finally, on bars, the Quakers got the performance they were looking for from Kristen Kuhn who led the way with her score of 9.850. Oniki scored a 9.725 to finish second on the team, while Lassiter brought home a score of 9.700. Kerico had a 9.650, Kenefick a 9.625 and McCaleigh Marr finished with a score of 9.150.

Quaker Notemeal
* The conference title is Penn’s sixth overall in program history and second in the GEC era. The Quakers have already won four CEAC titles in 1998, 2004, 2012 and 2013.
*Skyelar Kerico finished tied at three for second in vault (9.775).
*Kristen Kuhn finished second on bars with a score of 9.850.
*Kerico also tied for third on beam (9.825).
*Emma Davies placed second in floor exercise (9.900) with Marissa Lassiter sharing third place (9.875) with McKenna Kissinger of West Chester.

The NCAA women’s gymnastics draft show will air Monday, March 20 at noon on as the Quakers learn their fate in terms of regionals.



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