A weekly Q&A with a member of the 2015-16 Pitt gymnastics team.
Pitt names seven to first and second All-Tournament Teams
Panthers look to end their conference season on a high note.
The East Atlantic Gymnastics League named six Panthers to first and second all-conference teams.
Freshman Taylor Laymon picks up a first place finish for Pitt on the bars with a 9.875.
PITTSBURGH, PA- The Pitt Gymnastics team took on the Ohio State Buckeyes in their first meet of the season at The Fitzgerald Field House on Friday, January 9, 2015. (www.B2PhotoLLC.com)
AS A SOPHOMORE (2014-15)
All-EAGL 2nd Team on vault and all-around...First EAGL All-Tournament Team on vault...Tied for 8th on vault at the EAGL Championships...Tied for first place on vault with a 9.775 against North Carolina...Took fifth place on vault with a 9.750 against UNC, WVU and Temple...Recorded scores of 9.575 on bars, 9.775 on vault to place fifth, and 9.750 on floor against Penn State...Placed third in all-around against Michigan State with a score of 37.350...Set a team record and personal best (38.775) to place second in the all-around competiton against NC State. Placed second on vault with a personal best score of 9.775. Recorded two other personal bests in the bars (9.650) and floor (9.775)...Placed first in all-around against Kent State and scored two personal bests: all around (38.750) and bars (9.625)...Competed in all events at New Hampshire.Tied for second on vault with a score of 9.800, recorded a 9.600 on bars, a 9.500 on beam, a 9.700 on floor. Placed third with an all around score of 38.600...Tied for fifth with fellow Panther Maebelle Pacheco after scoring 9.852 on vault at a multi-team meet at George Washington. Recorded a 9.750 on beam, tying for sixth place. Scored a 9.475 on bars (16th) and 9.425 on floor (20th) giving her an all-around result of 38.475 (seventh)...Competed in all events in the first meet against Ohio State. Recorded a 9.750 on vault, 8.900 on bars, placed second on beam with a 9.775, and 9.550 on floor. Placed second all-around with a score of 37.975...
AS A FRESHMAN (2013-14)
Did not compete.
Attended 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 in 2013...won all four events at the Maryland State Championships in 2013 and finished third in the all-around at the Region 7 Regional Championships...finished second on vault and floor and third on beam at those championships...finished second on the vault and third on the floor at the 2012 Maryland State Championships in 2012...qualified for the 2012 National Invitational Tournament where she was the vault and bars champion and finished sixth in the all-around...in 2011, Pearson earned the state uneven bars title.
Pearson's mother is Andrea, and her sister is Courtney - also a Level 10 gymnast...enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
CAREER HIGH SCORES
Vault - 9.825
Uneven Bars - 9.650
Balance Beam - 9.775
Floor Exercise - 9.775
All-Around - 38.775