PHILADELPHIA – The Ursinus College gymnastics team took its talents to one of the country's most historic venues – and to the big screen – in a quad meet at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, posting its second-highest score of the season.
In a competition that was broadcast live on NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Bears complemented their typical floor exercise excellence with their best vault performance of the year against a strong field that also included Temple and Bridgeport in addition to the host Quakers inside the world-famous Palestra. Ursinus tallied 47.200 on the vault, a season high by nearly four tenths of a point, on the way to a final total of 186.900.
Senior Heather Brubaker was emblematic of the Bears' resurgence on the vault, registering a career-best 9.700 to finish tied for seventh among 24 gymnasts. Brubaker also recorded a season high on the balance beam (9.450) and had her second-best uneven bars effort (9.250) en route to an all-around total of 37.450.
Three other Bears also attained their highest score of the season on the vault. Seniors Alexandra Puryear and Kelsey Stewart each collected a 9.450, and freshman Alex Lacey earned a 9.300 in her vault debut.
Sophomore Eleanor LaFountain continued to cement her position as one of the NCGA's best on the floor, grabbing a 9.750 from the judges. LaFountain has scored at least a 9.750 in each of her last four meets.
The Bears return to Philadelphia on Saturday, February 17, when they challenge Bridgeport and West Chester in a quad meet at Temple. '