PHILADELPHIA - After a successful 2010-11 campaign that saw Penn gymnastics claim the Ivy Classic, finish second at the ECAC Championships, and qualify for the USAG Championships, Coach John Ceralde and Corrinne Tarver have brought nine more gymnasts into the fold to build upon the success of last season. These nine gymnasts will join a team that earned 18 victories, which was the most in the history of the program.
The Class of 2015 hails from five different states. The closest gymnast, Wynne Levy, grew up in the city of Philadelphia, while Amanda Schlaefer, Jen Silver, and Amber Woo come to Penn from the west coast of California. Two gymnasts come to Penn from New York, Sara Allan and Makeda Constable, while two more gymnasts, Dara DiLeo and Kaitlyn Reszkowski, join the team from the state of New Jersey. McKenzie Davis rounds out the Class of 2015. She comes to Penn from the state of Missouri.
Below is a gymnast-by-gymnast look at the Class of 2015, including their hometown, high school, gymnastics club team, and a quote by coach Ceralde about the individual strengths of each gymnast.
New York, N.Y. - Nightingale-Bamford - Chelsea Piers
High School: Level 10 gymnast ... Two-time Level 9 Eastern National, Regional and State qualifier (2008-09) ... Finished fourth on floor and 11th in the all-around at 2009 Level 9 Eastern National ... Finished fifth in the all-around at 2008 and 2009 Regional championships ... Placed second on bars and fifth in all-around at 2009 Level 9 State championship ... Finished third in all-around at 2008 Level 9 State championship ... Cum Laude Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Amanda and Robert Allan ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ceralde on Sara: "Sara is a very strong gymnast that will add depth to the floor, beam, and vault. She has the potential and ability to add strength to those events."
Hartsdale, N.Y. - The Ursuline School - Dynamic Gymnastics
High School: Level 10 gymnast ... 2011 Level 10 national qualifier ... Three-time Level 10 State and two-time Level 10 Regional qualifier ... Finished second on beam at 2010 regional and third on beam at 2011 regional ... Finished third at 2009 Level 10 State championship on floor ... 2008 Level 9 National qualifier ... Level 9 Regional champion on bars in 2008 ... National Honor Society member ... Volunteered with Saint Bernard's Project to help rebuild New Orleans.
Personal: Daughter of Aida Teshome and Curt Constable ... Enrolled in the School of Nursing.
Coach Ceralde on Makeda: "She has the opportunity to contribute to a strong beam team, which was one of our strongest events last season. Makeda is also talented on the uneven bars as well. We look forward to seeing her help on those events but don't be surprised if you see her on a third event."
Blue Springs, Mo. - Blue Springs - GAGE
High School: Level 10 gymnast ... Finished fourth on bars and fifth on vault at 2010 Level 10 National championship ... Finished seventh in the all-around at 2010 Level 10 Regional ... 2010 Level 10 state champion in the all-around ... Finished 10th on vault at 2009 Level 9 Western National ... Duke TIP Program member ... Named to the President's Honor Roll.
Personal: Daughter of Danielle and Bill Davis ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ceralde on McKenzie: "She is coming back from a previous injury. Mac is talented on the beam and floor with strong routines on uneven bars and vault. When she is at full strength Mac has the opportunity to compete and contribute in the all-around."
Flanders, N.J. - Mount Olive - Giants
High School: Level 10 gymnast ... Placed fifth on vault at 2011 Level 10 State championship ... Finished second on vault at 2009 Level 9 State championship ... National Business Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America member ... World Language Honor Society member ... Academic Excellence Award recipient.
Personal: Daughter of Eva and Louis DiLeo ... Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Coach Ceralde on Dara: "Dara has a powerful vault that is exciting to watch. Her strengths are vault and uneven bars and she has the ability to contribute on floor and beam."
Philadelphia, Pa. - J. R. Masterman - Mannettes
High School: Level 9 gymnast ... Varsity gymnast at J.R. Masterman ... Three-time first-time All-Public League in high school, finishing second in the all-around each season (2008-10) ... Finished fourth in vault at the 2011 Level 9 Eastern National championships ... Placed third in vault at 2011 Level 9 Region 7 championships ... Received Keystone Games Athletic Award of Honor in 2009 ... 2008 Outstanding Amateur Athletic Achievement recipient at Keystone Games ... Academic Excellence Award recipient.
Personal: Daughter of Heidi and Josh Levy ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ceralde on Wynne: " Wynne brings a vault that is out of the ordinary so be prepared; she has a very good opportunity to contribute to a diverse vault line up."
Freehold, N.J. - Freehold Township - Action Gymnastics
High School: Level 10 gymnast ... 2011 NHSGA vault champion with runner-up finishes in floor and all-around ... 2011 USAG Level 9 state champion in all-around, floor, vault and bars ... Level 9 state record holder on floor and vault ... Regional champion in all-around, vault and bars ... Finished second on vault, third on floor and all-around, and fourth on bars at 2011 Eastern Nationals ... Member of the 2011 A-North Division championship team ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Lisa and Michael Reszkowski ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ceralde on Kaitlyn: "With a strong vault, Kaitlyn will add depth to our vault team and she will also add depth to our floor team with the potential to contribute on beam and bars."
Morgan Hills, Calif. - Valley Christian - Bay Ariels
High School: Level 10 gymnast ... Three-time regional qualifier (2008-10) ... Finished first in bars, second on vault, and fourth in all-around at 2010 NIT championships ... Placed 10th in the all-around at the 2010 Region I championships ... Finished second in the all-around and bars, while finishing third on vault and beam at 2010 Northern California state championships ... Helped lead team to 2010 Northern California team championship ... Placed third in all-around at 2009 Northern California Region I championship ... Finished first on beam at 2008 Northern California Region I championship ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Kimberley and John Schlaefer ... Cousin, Steven, played soccer at Penn ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ceralde on Amanda: "Amanda was also sidelined by an injury this past season. She has a beautiful floor and beam set along with her bars and vault. Amanda is a talented gymnast that has the skills to become a competitive all-around gymnast."
Piedmont, Calif. - Piedmont - West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy
High School: Three-time Level 9 Western National, Regional and State qualifier ... 2010 Western National Level 9 beam champion, while finishing fourth in all-around, floor and bars ... Finished second on beam and fourth in all-around at 2011 Level 9 Regional championship ... Placed second on floor, third on bars and fourth on beam at the 2009 Level 9 State championships ... Won all-around at Novato Classic, West Valley Spirit of the Flame, and Lady Luck Invitational in 2010 ... Honors Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Diana and Stephen Silver ... Teammate of Penn classmate Amber Woo at the West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ceralde on Jen: "Jen comes from a strong region and is one of three incoming freshmen from the Bay Area. She has the opportunity to contribute on all of the events with bars and vault being her strength."
Port Richmond, Calif. - Tamalpais - West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy
High School: Level 10 gymnast for five years ... 2011 Junior Olympics-NIT champion in all-around, beam and floor ... Five-time Level 10 Regional qualifier ... Three-time Level 10 National qualifier ... Graduated with the Highest Honors.
Personal: Daughter of Teresa and Arnold Woo ... Teammate of Penn classmate Jen Silver at the West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Ceralde on Amber: "Amber is another gymnast that has a strong and beautiful beam and floor set. With a nice line on vault and bars, she has the potential to break into the line up as an all-around gymnast."