PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania gymnastics Head Coach John Ceralde has announced the 2015 competition schedule for the Quakers. Penn will compete 11 times this season, including hosting the Ivy Classic and the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals in April.
“We have a very exciting schedule this year, hosting four home meets and two championships,” said Ceralde who is in his ninth season at the helm of the Quakers. “We’ll bring in Stanford, who finished No. 9 in the nation last year, and don’t forget about the Ivy rivalries when we host the Ivy Classic. We’ll finish the season hosting the USAG Collegiate Nationals for the first time. It will be an outstanding event and are happy to showcase The Palestra.”
Penn will host the Ivy Classic, featuring Brown, Cornell, and Yale on Feb. 22 at the Palestra. The Quakers won back-to-back Classic’s in 2011 and 2012.
The Quakers will also host the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals for the first time on April 10-12 at the Palestra. Eight schools will compete in team competition, while individuals from a half dozen more schools will also compete.
Before reaching the regular and championship portion of the season, Penn will begin practices on October 15. The Quakers will then host a preseason Red and Blue competition in the new Nalitt Family Gymnastics Center on Dec. 5.
The regular season begins on Sunday, Jan. 18, when Penn hosts Stanford and Bridgeport. The following Sunday the Quakers welcome Yale to campus for a dual meet, before hosting Cornell, West Chester, and Ursinus on Feb. 1.
Being on the road for the majority of March and April, the Quakers will host their ‘Senior Meet’ on Feb. 7 against crosstown foe Temple in Rockwell Gymnasium at Penn. This will be the home competition for the Red and Blue, but far from the last time the senior Quakers will get to compete in front of their home fans.
After a trip to Towson on Feb. 14, the Quakers will host then host the Ivy Classic. Its next three meets Penn will visit Penn State – with Iowa State and SUNY-Brockport – then New Hampshire, and West Virginia. Penn State, Iowa State, and New Hampshire all competed in an NCAA Regional as a team a season ago.
On March 21, Penn will travel to New Haven, Conn. to compete in the ECAC Championships at Yale, before the NCAA Regionals begin on April 4 and NCAA Championships on April 17.
Penn will compete in The Palestra for home meets all season long, except for the ‘Senior Meet’ against Temple, held in Rockwell Gymnasium.