Penn gymnastics is coming home while looking for improvement
The Quakers take on Temple for the third time this year as well as Cornell and Brockport
February 7, 2014, 2:40 pm·
They’re coming home…again.
For the second home meet of the year, the Quakers will face off against Temple, Brockport and Cortland.
“[We are] definitely excited to come in, have another home meet, we already have one under our belt so we are used to the equipment now so we are going to come in strong,” junior Wynne Levy said.
The Red and Blue have been having a different looking season then they are used to. After graduating a very important class, the team has not been having the success that it is used to.
Their biggest priority is to continue improving. Last weekend at Temple Penn got its highest score of the season thus far, 188.350.
“I think last meet gave everyone the confidence that we need that we can hit routines and when we do we will score big. So we just have to keep going from that,” Levy said.
While the Quakers pulled off a third place finish, they have not yet been able to break 190.000, a feat that is usually not even a question.
“We are trying to focus on being consistent in what we do and just getting better,” Coach John Ceralde said.
For the second weekend in a row Penn will compete against Temple, who won the meet last weekend, but Brockport and Cortland are new adversaries.
Different events have brought the Quakers different fates.
“We had a very good floor and vault events this past weekend,” Ceralde said. “They are starting to become more consistent.”
While those two have been the Red and Blue’s strength in meets, bars has been a weakness. Ceralde said that it is just not as consistent as other events and that is why there have been more falls.
There are also some gymnasts trying to make their way into competing.
“Amanda Shlafer is working towards getting back into the line up on beam,” Ceralde said.
With injuries plaguing the team, the line up could shift many times as those gymnasts who are currently out begin competing again.
The Quakers are excited to host their second meet of the year (after only one home meet last season) and have friends and family come to support the team while competing on the new equipment.
Despite their lack of immediate success, the Red and Blue still have much of the season left to turn it around. And that turning point might just be Saturday.