PHILADELPHIA - With practice now in full swing, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team has announced its 2017 schedule, featuring three home meets at The Palestra.
"We're looking forward to the beginning of our competition season in January," said Head Coach John Ceralde. " The team is working very hard and is anxious to show off their routines. We invite the Penn community out to The Palestra for our exciting home meets and welcome them to join us on the road as well."
The Quakers will start things up on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational hosted by George Washington. In addition to facing off against the Colonials, the Red and Blue will battle Ivy League foe Cornell and North Carolina in the nation's capital.
Penn will then return home a week later to host Yale, joining forces with the Penn wrestling team for the first ever Beauty and the Beast meet, where both squads will take the floor of The Palestra for a showcase event. The grapplers will battle Lock Haven while the women face the Bulldogs.
On Saturday, Jan. 28 Penn hits the road for a short bus trip to face the West Chester Golden Rams at 1 p.m. before its second home meet of the year on Sunday, Feb. 5 as the Quakers welcome Cornell, ACC opponent N.C. State and Bridgeport to Philadelphia. Penn's second home contest will be its annual "Pink Meet" in support of breast cancer awareness.
Three-straight road meets then await the Red and Blue, as first the Quakers head to Rutgers on Saturday, Feb. 11 to compete against the Scarlet Knights, Maryland and Yale before traveling to College Park on Sunday, Feb. 19 to face the Terrapins yet again, in addition to Kentucky and William & Mary. The away swing winds down with the Ivy League Classic on Feb. 25, hosted by Yale, in which the Quakers will battle Cornell, Yale and Brown to become the top squad in the conference. Penn's 12th Ivy title came just two seasons ago in 2015.
Penn will honors its seniors Jill Fordiani, Rachel Graham and Kelly Tan during its final home meet of the year on Sunday, March 5 as Big Ten foe Penn State, West Chester and Bridgeport come to town for a competition beginning at 1 p.m.
The Quakers will face local rival Temple on Sunday, March 12 at McGonigle Hall, joining Ithaca and SCSU. The second bout of championship action will take place at Brown on Saturday, March 18, as Penn will compete at the ECAC Championship.
As April rolls around, the Quakers plan to partake in the USA Gymnastics Collegiate, hosted by Seattle Pacific from the 7th-9th.