January 15, 2013

Penn's Bonincontri Named ECAC Gymnast of the Week

ECAC Divison I Women's Gymnastics Results and and Statistics - January 15

(Pictured from left:  Dana Bonincontri, Melanie Jorgensen, Brittany Stover, Taylor Rakus)

ECAC Gymnast of the Week - January 14, 2013

Name:                 Dana Bonincontri                

Institution:          University of Pennsylvania

Class:                  Senior 

Hometown:          Bellevue, Washington

Scores from the week:

Opponents:        George Washington University, University of North Carolina, Cornell University, Temple University          

Vault:                    9.700

Bars:                     9.875

Beam:                   9.225

Floor Exercise:      9.750

All Around:            38.550

Bonincontri picked up where she left off from last season.  Her strong performance earned her 1st place on the uneven bars winning with a 9.875.  Along with her bars, her strong vault with a 9.7 and strong Floor exercise with a 9.750 earned her 4th place in the all-around with a 38.55 out of 9 all-around competitors at the Lindsay Ferris Invitational.  


ECAC Specialist of the week:

Name:                  Melanie Jorgensen

Institution:           Cornell University

Class:                   Junior

Hometown:           Lafayette, Calif.

Scores from the week:

Opponent(s):        Lindsey Ferris Invitational @ George Washington University

Bars:                     9.850

Melanie placed second on Bars with a score of 9.85 at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational at GW on Sunday, leading the Big Red to a 190.3 score to start the season. Her 9.85 was the highest score on any event for Cornell.


ECAC Rookie of the Week 

Name:                 Brittany Stover

Institution:          The College of William and Mary

Class:                  Freshman

Hometown:         New Albany, Ind.

Scores from the week:

Opponent(s):      Towson University

Vault:                  9.775

Bars:                   9.650

Beam:                   9.200

Competing in her first collegiate meet, Stover won the vault title and placed fifth on bars. Her vault score helped the team earn a 48.150 in the event.


Coaches Choice

Name:                  Taylor Rakus

Institution:           Temple University

Class:                   Sophomore

Hometown:           Downingtown, Pa.

Scores from the week: 

Opponent(s):        University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina, George Washington University (host), and Cornell University

Beam:                   9.600

Temple sophomore Taylor Rakus returned to competition for the first time since tearing an anterior cruciate ligament during her senior year of high school, causing her to redshirt her first collegiate season for the Owls. On Sunday, Rakus finally got to make her debut for the Cherry & White when she took part on the balance beam at the annual Lindsey Ferris Invite, hosted by George Washington.

Competing for the Owls in head coach Aaron Murphy’s beam lineup, Rakus nailed her routine and posted a 9.600 in her first collegiate event. Her score, which tied her for 11th place among all individuals in the event, helped spur Temple to a first place team score of 48.175 on the apparatus, beating out Penn, UNC, host George Washington and Cornell.