PHILADELPHIA – For four years Mia Madlambayan, Diana Moock, and Nicki Valenti have competed for the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team, and on Saturday afternoon, the three seniors will be recognized for their efforts and contributions to the program, after the Quakers take on Southern Connecticut State.
Penn is competing for the first time since March 1 at Illinois State where the Quakers scored a season-high team score of 191.450, in falling to the Redbirds (193.325). It was the fourth straight meet the Red and Blue had produced a score over the 190-mark.
In the meet, Moock produced a new career-high, with a 9.750 routine on the beam. Sophomore Emily Paterson also set her season-high mark on vault with a 9.675.
Southern Connecticut State is coming off a fifth place finish (191.375) in a meet with Rutgers, Towson, Central Michigan, and Yale. In the meet prior, the Owls took a dual meet against West Chester, with a 190.175.
The Penn gymnastics seniors have been a part of two Ivy Classic championships, along with two ECAC championships, the first back-to-back conference championships in the history of the program.
The meet between Penn and SCSU will begin at 1 p.m. in Rockwell Gym, located inside Hutchinson Gymnasium. The senior day recognitions will take place after the competition has concluded.
Penn Gymnastics Class of 2014
Hometown: Mountain View, California
Mia is an economics major in the Wharton Business School at Penn, and has been a four-year member of the Quakers gymnastics team.
In Wharton, she has a concentration on marketing and retail and has served on the Retail Club Board, and Marketing Committee, while having traveled across the world in her studies that include an internship at San Miguel Brewery in the Phillipines, working in Seoul, South Korea as a financial consultant intern, editorial feature work at Vogue magazine in New York City, and working with the business department of Dovima Paris, in France.
Mia has competed on vault and floor for the Quakers gymnastics program in her four years.
After graduating, Mia will pursue interests in luxury retail in New York City or in Europe.
Hometown: Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Ohio
Diana is a chemical biomolecular engineering major in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Penn, and has been a four-year member of the Quakers gymnastics team.
She is the founder of the first and only social and professional engineering sorority at Penn, Alpha Omega Epsilon, and has served in a variety of roles, including executive board member. She is a four-year member of the Advancing Women in Engineering club and has served on its advisory board. She has served as a Penn engineering mentor, and has been an athlete tutor.
Diana is a three-time ECAC and NACG All-Academic team member, a 2014 ECAC Coaches’ Choice recipient and an athletics tutor, while serving as the gymnastics Student Athlete Advisory Council representative for the past two years.
She has competed in all four events during her career at Penn, and recently set a new career-high on beam recording a 9.750 in Penn’s meet at Illinois State two weekends ago.
After graduation, Diana will begin work for ExxonMobil in Fairfax, Virginia in marketing.
Hometown: North Reading, Massachusetts
Nicki is a Health and Societies major in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn, and has been a four-year member of the Quakers gymnastics program.
In her studies at Penn, she has concentrated in bioethics and societies, while minoring in sociology.
She has recently worked with the United State Olympic Committee in the international games department working with Team USA in its preparations for 2014 Winter Olympic games that just occurred in Sochi, Russia. She has also been a part of giving back to the gymnastics community, serving as a gymnastics coach for young gymnasts in her club program.
Nicki has competed on vault, beam, and floor during her career at Penn, and set a career-high of 9.725 on floor at the 2014 Ivy Classic.
After graduation, Nicki hopes to pursue interests in event planning and management in the sports industry.