Gymnastics Announces Class of 2018

PHILADELPHIA – With the beginning of practice just about a month away, the University of Pennsylvania gymnastics team welcomes six newcomers to the program, making up the Class of 2018 for the Quakers.

The six individuals come from five different states across the country including; Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Texas.

Head coach John Ceralde is excited about bringing thefreshmen into the fold.

“We have brought in a balanced group of unique individuals that complement each other in the gym well, making them a cohesive group. They have the ability to help Penn gymnastics continue its winning tradition, while making an immediate impact.”

The newcomers will help bolster a Penn program that will host the Ivy Classic and USAG Nationals this season in Philadelphia.

Megan Finck
Hometown: Saint James, N.Y.
High School: Smithtown East
Club Gym: Farmingdale Gymnastics Academy

High School: Four-year member of the USA National Tops A Team during 2004-2007 … Junior Olympic qualifier in 2013 and 2014 … Junior Olympic National qualifier in 2013 and 2014 … Member of the Spanish and National Honor Society.

Alex Hartke
Hometown: Fort Montgomery, N.Y.
High School: James O’Neill
Club Gym: Galaxy Gymnastics

High School: Lettered two years in gymnastics … Served as a team captain … Section 9 All-Around Champion in 2011 and 2012 … Fourth place in New York State in 2011 … Third place in New York State in 2012 … Four-time state qualifier … NIT qualifier in 2011 … Recipient of the 2012 Section 9 Sportsmanship Award … Member of the National Honor Society.

Kyra Levi
Hometown: Port Matilda, Pa.
High School: State College Area
Club Gym: Nittany Gymnastics

High School: Level 10 gymnast … Junior Olympic National qualifier in 2014, finishing 10th in the all-around … Junior Olympic National qualifier in 2012, finishing sixth place on bars … Four-year Region 7 Regional qualifier during 2011-2014.

Olivia Neistat
Hometown: Newington, Conn.
High School: Newington
Club Gym: New England Gym Express

High School: Junior Olympic Regional qualifier in 2013 and 2014 … Junior Olympic National qualifier in 2013 and 2014 … Helped lead New England Gymnastics Express to four state championship titles during 2011-2014 … Member of the History, Spanish, Science, and National Honor Society.

Ally Podsednik
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: St. Agnes Academy
Club Gym: Cypress Academy of Gymnastics

High School: Level 10 Junior Olympic Regional qualifier … Competed in the 2010 Junior Olympic Western Nationals … Graduated Magna Cum Laude … Member of the Spanish and National Honor Society.

Emily Shugan
Hometown: Bridgewater, N.J.
High School: Bridgewater-Raritan
Club Gym: Indigo Gymnastics Center

High School: Lettered four years in gymnastics … Served as team captain for two years … Central Jersey, Section 2 Gymnast of the Year in 2013 … Member of the Central Jersey, Section 2 First Place team in 2013 … Helped lead team to the 2013 Skyland Conference championship … Won the 2013 Central Jersey, Section All-Around … 2013 Somerset County All-Around Champion … Helped lead team to a first place finish in Somerset County in 2012 … Member of the 2012 Skyland Conference championship team … 2014 NJSIAA Scholar Athlete recipient … Member of the National Honor Society.