The women's basketball team wasn't the only Penn team to find success this weekend, as the wrestling, tennis, gymnastics, swimming and track and field teams also were in action. For a look back at the wrestling team's win against Columbia, the tennis teams victories over Stony Brook, and the gymnastics team's outstanding performance, among other matchups from the past weekend, here is this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.
The No. 23 Quakers secured a decisive victory over Ivy League rival Columbia over the weekend due in large part to strong production from its light and heavy weights. Penn kicked off the meet with a hot start, as No. 20 Mark Rappo, No. 11 C.J. Cobb and sophomore Jeff Canfora secured wins in their respective bouts. After dropping a few matchups in the middle weights, the Red and Blue captured their final three bouts, securing the victory for the Quakers.
The Penn gymnastics squad posted the fourth-highest team score in program history on Sunday, but came up just short against Bridgeport. The Quakers, whose 193.975 team score was the highest of the season, were led by seniors Kirsten Strausbaugh and Megan Milavec, along with freshman Elyse Shenberger. Although the team fell 195.325-193.975, the Red and Blue turned in season highs in each event and look to carry their momentum into the Ivy Classic next week.
Men's and Women's Tennis:
Both the men's and women's tennis teams scored victories over Stony Brook on Friday, due in large part to success in doubles matches. In the first action of the day, the Penn men's team fought off a tough early challenge from the Seahawks, and swept Stony Brook, 7-0. Sophomore Jeremy Court again led the Quakers, who improved to 3-0 on their current home stand, and 3-1 overall this season. The women, on the other hand, were pushed to the limit by the Seahawks on Friday. While the Red and Blue ended up winning the match, 4-3, Stony Brook was able to split the six singles matches, and provide the undefeated Quakers their toughest matchup of the season thus far.
Track & Field:
The men’s 4 x 800 team competed at the Armory in New York City to take in the Millrose Games over the weekend in an event that was featured on ESPN. Comprised of Mato Bekelja, Tim Hamlett, Kirk Webb and Tom Timmins, the Penn 4 x 800 team finished fourth at the event. The women’s team and the rest of the men’s squad traveled to Princeton to take part in the Princeton Invitational. The meet was a warmup for the 2013 Indoor Heptagonal Championships, which will take place in Cambridge, Mass., this weekend.
Men's and Women's Swimming:
As the season winds down for Penn's swimming teams, both the men and women turned in resounding performances at the Cavalier Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. this weekend. Competing against the likes of Virginia, Duke and James Madison, the men finished first out of six teams, while the women placed second out of five competitors. The men took first place by well over 100 points and were led by senior Nick Johnson in the 100-meter backstroke. The Lady Quakers went into the finals with a 15 point led, but could not overcome James Madison's late rally.