PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh head gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman announced the addition of Hallie Peele to the 2016-17 roster. Peele will join fellow incoming freshmen Lucy Jones and Megan Tripp on the Panther roster in the fall.
The Charlotte, N.C., native comes to Pitt after training and competing at Southeastern Gymnastics since 2011. Peele will attend college a year early as she will graduate high school a year ahead of schedule.
“I’m excited to be a part of such an amazing team and coaching staff,” Peele said. “I can’t wait to compete as a college athlete. I fell in love with the school and the coaches and couldn’t see myself anywhere else. Pitt also has the major I would like to study.”
As an all-around competitor, Peele is a three-time regional and state qualifier who has finished in the top-five multiple years running at both events. In 2014, Peele earned the beam title at regionals and placed third overall at states. The following year, she improved her finish at states to second overall and just recently placed third in 2016.
Last year, Peele qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, following her outstanding performance at states. At JO’s, she had a move named after her following the completion of a brand new bars dismount that has never been done in the world of gymnastics – a double layout with a half turn at the end. To have a never-before-seen skill named after you, one must present it at Junior Olympic Nationals and land it cleanly.
Outside of the gym, Peele attends Ardrey Kell High School, where she is a part of the National Technical Honors Society, takes honors classes and was named to the A-B Honor Roll.
Peel is the daughter of Dana and Bill Peele, and has two older siblings, a brother Ryland and sister Morgan. At Pitt, Peele plans on majoring in nursing.
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