PHILADELPHIA – Coming off back-to-back Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships, the University of Pennsylvania women’s gymnastics team opens up the 2014 competition season at George Washington on Sunday.
For the fifth consecutive year the Quakers will open up their regular season in Washington D.C. This year’s Lindsey Ferris Invitational features the Quakers, Cornell, Temple and the host George Washington. Penn finished fourth out of five teams in the 2013 event.
2014 Season Outlook
After back-to-back ECAC championships Penn is looking to build upon the success of recent years. The Quakers will have to do so with new-look rotations in all four events, after graduating highly decorated all-around competitors Kirsten Strausbaugh, Megan Milavec and Dana Bonincontri.
“We have another exciting year ahead of us filled with opportunities,” said Head Coach John Ceralde. “This season, our team is talented but young. They have the ability to take on new challenges as we continue the program's tradition and success.”
Penn is looking forward to seniors Diana Moock and Nicki Valenti rising up to take advantage of those opportunities. Also taking on larger roles will be juniors Amber Woo, Wynne Levy and Kaitlyn Reszkowski.
The Quakers will welcome back junior Makeda Constable, as she returns to action in 2014, after suffering an injury two weeks prior to last year’s ECAC championship.Sophomores Amber Hu and Carissa Lim, along with newcomer Rachel Graham will also have an opportunity in a number of events for the Quakers.