HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling head coach Mary Ann Powers has announced the selection of Gina Antonelli (Jackson, N.J.), Danielle Burns (Budd Lake, N.J.) and Cera Orner (Shamokin, Pa.) as captains for the 2013-14 season. The Bobcats finished the 2013 season as National Runner-ups in the NCATA Championships that were hosted at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center.
"Building off the success of this past season, our entire program is very excited for the upcoming year," Powers said. "Gina, Danielle and Cera all contribute in immense ways to our team dynamic. Each one brings something different to the table as naturally great leaders with commitment to the sport of acrobatics & tumbling."
All three student-athletes were members of the first acrobatics & tumbling team, which is now entering its fourth year of existence. Recently, the NCATA was sanctioned by USA Gymnastics as part of its "Gymnastics For All" initiative.
Antonelli hails from Jackson, N.J. where she was a a two-year captain of the Jackson Memorial High School that won the 2007 World Championship and 2010 National Championship. She was competed with the World Cup All-Stars that won the All-Star Competitive Cheer World Championship.
"In good times or bad, she will always rally the team together," Powers said. "She's done a great job in the past with our underclassman and we'll hope she'll continue to be a resource to our incoming student-athletes."
Orner was the 2007 and 2008 MVP at Shamokin (Pa.) Area High School, where she placed in the top 20 in three events at the World Championships.
"Cera is an intense competitor," Powers said. "She has shown unbelievable ability, while displaying great leadership in her three years at Quinnipiac. She has the ability to challenge her teammates on a daily basis and lead by example. "
Burns, a native of Budd Lake, N.J., was a three-year member of the Mount Olive (N.J.) High School team, where she was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year as a senior.
"Danielle has been a role model for all of our student-athletes – both in the classroom and on the mat," Powers noted.