Where Are They Now?
March 22, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - This is the fourth installment of a new series focusing on the achievements of former Penn State women's gymnasts called, "Where Are They Now?" Check GoPSUsports.com each week to meet another group of former gymnasts.
Marcy Levine Lucas - '82
Marcy currently lives in North Carolina and married her high school sweetheart, Tim Lucas, who was a gymnast at Ball State and passed away in 2006. Their two children share their love for sports. Monica competed as a gymnast for Eastern Michigan and graduated with a degree in exercise science. Their son Sammy is a junior at East Carolina working on a degree as a Health Fitness Specialist. Marcy enjoys exercising and reconnecting with friends.
Recounting her time at Penn State, she says, "During my four years we were one of the top three teams in the country, including National Champions as a team in 1980 and as an individual champion on floor in 1979. My success developed my confidence and taught me how to set achievable goals. The relationships that were formed have lasted a lifetime. Truly - blood, sweat, and tears bond people together, sometimes stronger than family. Many of the gymnasts from our era have kept in touch with each other through the years and have reconnected with many others. The reunion held a couple of years ago was a great example of how we are all part of the legacy of PSU gymnastics, which fills me with pride."
Elizabeth "Betz" Hanley - '85
Louise Hunt Rounds - '85
Louise Hunt Rounds competed for the Nittany Lions from 1975-76 when the team placed fifth at the AIAW National Championships. Competing at Rec Hall for the first time as a freshman is a memory Louise still treasures.
Louise now works for Prudential Financial in the Retirement Division as Director of the Project Management Office. She is married to Jon Rounds and has two grown children, Jamie and Molly, and is the proud grandmother of two, Felix and Arlo. She and Jon reside in Portland, Conn. In her free time she enjoys singing and playing music with her family and playing bridge with her husband. She still loves watching the sport of gymnastics and tries to make it to at least one meet a year.
Tracy Salvino Longenecker - '93
On her time at Penn State, Tracy writes, "My gymnastics tenure was unfortunately short-lived, but competing in Rec Hall was one of the most memorable moments in my life. My parents are Penn Staters and I grew up blue and white. To be a part of the tradition of PSU athletics is something of which I am very proud."
Joan Gackenbach McClarin - '79
Alexandra M. Brockway - '10
Her time at Penn State "taught her that the dedication and hard work you put into anything pays off, even if it is not immediate." Alexandra believes that, "happiness is essential to any kind of work ethic, and the people you surround yourself with and the attitude you portray is an aspect of life which will always be important, no matter where you are."
Rosalie "Rosie" Smith - '10
To take the place of gymnastics, Rosie began training for a marathon and in November 2010 ran her first. Her goal is to run in the Chicago marathon next year. In her free time she is making great strides to continue to raise money and awareness for THON and actually dance in THON in honor of her cousin, Robbie Heard.
On her time at Penn State she says, "It is hard to put into words what PSU Gymnastics means to me. It was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life. I learned so much, had the privilege to meet so many amazing people, made so many lasting memories, met some of my best friends, and had the opportunity to compete and represent the greatest college of all time! At least to me it is the greatest college of all time! It is an honor to know I was lucky enough to wear a PSU gymnastics leo and be part of the Penn State Family. I will always remember what I have learned, who I met, and all the memories I have made!"
Sarah DiPasquale - '03
She stays involved with gymnastics by providing and editing floor exercise music for private clubs and colleges across the country. She also enjoys helping choreograph floor routines at the local gym clubs in the Chicago area.
On her time at Penn State Sarah says, "My PSU experience was everything. During my time I had to transition out of competing and into coaching/spectating. It taught me that I was more than a gymnast. My teammates and coaches recognized that in me and supported me through every step of my transition."
Laurenn Cutshaw - '99
Of her time at Penn State Laurenn says, "I loved being part of the athletic community. The school has amazing spirit and I made so many good, long-lasting friendships there."