Sep 5, 2013
The Pitt gymnastics program and head coach Debbie Yohman announces additions to her incoming freshman class to join early signee Tracey Pearson. Joining Pearson at Pitt in 2013-14 will be Erika Reichert from Orlando, Fla.,and Kelly Burak from Aliquippa, Pa.
Reichert attended West Orange High School while training at Orlando Metro under Jeff Wood and Christi Mitchell. In the 2013 Region 8 Level 10 Regionals she placed fourth on floor. Additionally in the 2013 state meet she won the floor title, won the state beam and floor title in 2012 and is a 2012 and 2011 NIT National qualifier. Reichert is the daughter of Bob and Michelle Reichert and has a sister Emily, who was also a collegiate gymnast.
Burak is a graduate of Hopewell High School and trained at Arcadia Gymnastics under Dave Gregg and Monica O'Connor. Burak is a three-time WPIAL Champion and a three-time state champion on beam and floor. At the High School Nationals, she finished in third place and was named an All-American Athlete by the High School Gymnastics Association as well as a 2013 NIT National qualifier. Burak is the daughter of John and Carol Burak and she has an older sister Amy.
Pearson, a Baltimore, Md., native, is a senior at Eastern Technical High School and trained at United Gymnastix for coaches Mladen Stefanov and Kari Barnes. As a fourth-year level 10 gymnast, Pearson was a 2013 and 2011 J.O. National qualifier, tying for third on the floor this year. At the Maryland State Championships in 2013, Pearson won all four events and finished third in the all-around at the Region 7 Regional Championships as well as second on vault and floor and third on beam.
At the Maryland State Championships in 2012, Pearson finished second on the vault and third on the floor. That same year, she qualified for the National Invitational Tournament where she was the vault and bars champion and finished sixth in the all-around. Additionally, in 2011, Pearson earned the state uneven bars title. Pearson's mother is Andrea, and her sister is Courtney - also a Level 10 gymnast.
The Panthers are coming off one of their best seasons in school history as they advanced to the NCAA Regional meet in Gainesville, Fla., and saw Alyssa Adrian earn the EAGL all-around title. The Panthers schedule will be released in the coming months.