Jan. 10, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics team earned some outstanding individual scores and recorded a 193.375 team score out-pacing the Tigers of Towson, who scored a 190.125.
"We counted a fall on bars tonight and we shouldn't have," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "But we're cleaner this week than we were in our practice meet. We went seven-for-seven on beam and we had people step up on vault and on floor. Tough people step up when you need them and that's what we did. As excited as I am for the job we did tonight, we will only get better."
In the first rotation, the Panthers scored a solid 48.425 on vault, led by senior Brittney Harris with a meet-best and career-high of 9.8. In second place was fellow senior Kori Macdonald with a 9.725. Towson in their second rotation recorded a 47.875 on the vault.
The Panthers suffered a small setback on bars as they were forced to count a fall, scoring a 47.700 on the uneven bars for their second rotation. The score was good enough, however, to best the Tigers as they scored a 46.750. Harris again led all scorers with a 9.725 on the uneven bars. She was followed closely by teammates Nicole Pearson and Jacqueline Lucci, who tied for second with a 9.7.
Pitt rebounded nicely on the balance beam in their third rotation, hitting all seven of their routines and recording a team score of 48.624. Senior Katie O'Rourke had the top performance of the night with a 9.85, which ties her career high. Again, Pitt teammates tied for second as Lindsay Offutt and Laura Kummerle scored a 9.775. The Tigers finished their night on beam scoring a 47.650.
In Pitt's final rotation of the night, the floor exercise, Offutt and O'Rourke each recorded a meet-high 9.85 to take first. Freshman Kelly Burak was Pitt's second-highest scorer with a 9.65, good enough for fifth overall in her collegiate debut. The Panthers scored a 48.525 team mark, which was their best event of the night. Towson scored a 47.850 on the floor.
The Panthers return to action next Saturday, Jan. 18, for a road meet at Michigan State at 2 p.m.
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