Gymnastics Opens Season at George Washington

PHILADELPHIA - Penn's gymnastics' team opens the 2010 season Sunday at the Lindsey Ferris Invite in Washington D.C. Competition starts at 1 p.m. at George Washington's Charles E. Smith Center. The meet will be streamed on

The Red and Blue will have tough competition in the other schools in the invite - George Washington, Temple, North Carolina, William and Mary, and Cornell. With a preseason plagued with injuries, the Quakers hope to put forth their best showing and start the season off positively.

Quoting Coach Ceralde

What are your team's goals for the 2010 season?

Year after year we have qualified individuals to the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, but we would like to have the opportunity to qualify as a team and we would like to bring back the Ivy and ECAC championship titles. In addition, we have maintained a high team GPA throughout the years, so we would like to continue our success as being one of the top scholastic Division I gymnastics programs in the nation.

Who will be your most competitive opponents this season?

We have a challenging schedule this season which includes ranked George Washington (43), North Carolina (30), Maryland (35), and Western Michigan along with regional foes Pittsburgh (38), Rutgers and defending ECAC champions Towson (45) along with cross town rival Temple.

In 2007 you won the program's ninth Ivy Classic championship and for the past two years you've had third-place finishes. What do you see as the difference between this year's team and the past that will put you back at the top of the standings?

We have been rebuilding the past two seasons, but the main factor for Penn to be competitive is to keep our line-up healthy. The freshmen will have a direct impact in the line-up even though we are young and inexperienced. They are eager to compete and willing to continue the program's success.