The North Carolina gymnastics program has signed Megan Marenghi of Plano, Texas, and Christina Pheil of St. Petersburg, Fla., to national letters of intent. Both will join the team for the 2013 - 2014 academic year.
Marenghi is an accomplished Level 10 gymnast and a strong student. She trains at Zenith Elite Gymnastics in Plano with coaches Tatiana Schegolkova and Alex Atamas. Marenghi is particularly impressive on balance beam and uneven bars.
A USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Team Member in 2010 and 2011, Megan was the 2010 national champion on balance beam and she also placed second on uneven bars and fourth in the all-around. In 2011 she was the USA Gymnastics Region III all-around, uneven bars and balance beam champion. At the 2011 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships Megan placed second in the all-around, fourth on balance beam and sixth on uneven bars.
"Megan is a determined person with an exceptional work ethic," says UNC head coach Derek Galvin. "She possesses all the qualities necessary to be an outstanding collegiate student athlete."
Pheil trains under the guidance of Brad Harris and Amy Schulthess at Tampa Bay Turners Gymnastics in St. Petersburg, Fla. An outstanding student, Pheil attends St. Petersburg High School. During her Junior Olympic career Pheil has been the Florida State all-around champion at every level for levels 4-10. In 2009, she was the USA Gymnastics Level 9 Eastern National all-around and uneven bars champion. At the 2010 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships Pheil placed fourth on floor exercise and placed 19th in the all-around. In 2011 she was the Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament floor exercise champion.
"Christina is a steady all-around performer who is capable of competing on all four events as a college competitor," says Galvin. "She is a gifted athlete who possesses all the qualities to excel both as an athlete and as an outstanding student during her college career."
"Coach (Amy) Smith and I are delighted that Megan and Christina will be joining us here at Carolina for the fall semester of 2013," stated Galvin. "They will blend perfectly with the other young ladies on our team. They will be great additions to both our team and our campus community. They each come from families that place a high value on the quality of their education, and they have grown up in homes that enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm found in sports. I believe they will both be awesome Tar Heels."