Philadelphia Eleven members of the Penn gymnastics team have been named Academic All-Americans by the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches. In addition, the 2005 team has been ranked fifth in the nation by the NACGC among Division I institutions with a 3.5156 combined team GPA, the highest in the history of the program.
The 11 named include former Quakers Lex Chalat, C’05, Leah Moon, C’05 and Yael Sollins, N’05; seniors Becca Aronson, Kristyn DeMarco, Laura Duros, Jess Fuerst, Emily Petkun and Alexandra Perrotto; junior Christa Quattromani; and sophomore Julia Stolar.
To qualify for the honor, each student-athlete must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. The Quakers’ 11 Academic All-Americans was among the best in the country, with just Southern Utah, Texas Women’s, Eastern Michigan, and Northern Illinois having more. Penn also had the most Academic All-Americans and the highest team GPA of any Ivy League institution. Over the past 18 seasons, Penn’s team GPA has never slipped below 3.1, and over 140 gymnasts have been honored as Academic All-Americans.
The 2005 Penn gymnastics team placed third at the Ivy Classic and ECAC Championships and was first alternate in qualifying for the NCAA Team Championships. The 2006 season begins on Jan. 14 when the Quakers host a quad meet at 1 p.m. in Hutchinson Gymnasium.
-Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant