Nov. 20, 2012
The Pitt gymnastics program and head coach Debbie Yohman announced on Wednesday the signing of Tracey Pearson to a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Panthers.
“We can’t wait to have Tracey as a Panther,” said Yohman. “She is a very powerful gymnast, yet very elegant also. She has a big vault and some big tumbling passes, yet favors beam, so she is a very versatile gymnast. She is a high achiever in the classroom and is interested in pursuing an engineering degree. She’s very analytical, so I think that’s why she looks at beam as a challenge to be dominated! The team loved having her visit when she was here. Although quiet, she has an endearing personality. As the lone freshman, Tracey will face some high expectations but we are confident she will be up to the job!”
Pearson, a Baltimore, Md., native, is a senior at Eastern Technical High School and trains at United Gymnastix for coaches Mladen Stefanov and Kari Barnes. As a fourth-year level 10 gymnast, Pearson was a 2011 J.O. National qualifier. 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 resides with her mother, Andrea, and her sister, Courtney.