PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team and head coach John Ceralde welcome four new freshmen to the roster for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Jill Fordiani, Rachel Graham, Maiko Suarez and Kelly Tan will join the squad for their rookie seasons in the Red and Blue.
“We would like to welcome our four freshmen to the University of Pennsylvania,” said Ceralde. “This talented group has the ability to continue our winning tradition.”
The Quakers are entering the season after winning back-to-back ECAC championships for the first time in program history. With the addition of the four new faces, the Quakers will look to turn that into three in a row as well as reclaim their Ivy Classic title from two seasons ago. In addition, the class of 2013 saw a few key members of the most recent Penn squads move on from their collegiate careers. But the addition of the freshmen as well as the returning members of roster will help the Quakers maintain their high level of excellence.
Meet the Penn gymnastics class of 2017:
High School: Two-time Level 10 regional qualifier ... Placed first on floor, third Vault and sixth in the all-around at Level 9 easterns ... Level 9 regional all-around champion ... Level 9 state all-around champion ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Daughter of Al and Rita Fordiani ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy
High School: Three-time Level 10 regional qualifier ... Two-time Level 9 regional qualifier ... Placed third overall at the 2011 New Mexico state championships, while placing second on floor ... Community Service Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Gerald and Jennifer Graham ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Oasis
High School: Level 10 Nastia Liukin Cup alternate ... Level 10 regional qualifier ... Level 9 state champion on beam, floor and in the all-around ... Level 9 regional champion on floor, while placing second on vault and third in the all-around ... Placed second on vault at the Level 9 westerns ... Valedictorian of Desert Oasis High School.
Personal: Daughter of Ray and Ikuko Suarez ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos
High School: Level 10 junior olympic qualifier ... Placed third on the uneven bars at the Level 10 regional championships ... Member of the Level 10 state championship team, while placing second individually on bars and third on beam ... Placed second on beam and third on bars at the Level 9 western nationals ... Level 9 regional all-around, beam and floor champion ... Level 9 state all-around, bars, beam and floor champion ... Level 9 western nationals bars and beam champion, while placing second in the all-around ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... AP Scholar with distinction ... Harvard University Book award winner ... American mathematics competition award winner ... Principal's Scholar.
Personal: Daughter of Kenneth and Jayne Tan ... Enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.