Jan. 11, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Pitt gymnastics fell to West Virginia on Friday night, 194.675-193.550, at Fitzgerald Field House in both teams' season-opener. A bright spot for the Panthers, however, was freshman Lindsay Offutt's all-around title with a 38.775.
"My bookends did a great job today," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "My freshman, Lindsay Offutt, and my senior, Alyssa Adrian were great. We didn't recruit Lindsay as an all-arounder but she keeps getting stronger and stronger. Alyssa has been specifically competing on the bars, but is now working her way to being an all-arounder and did a nice job on the beam and floor.
"We have some work to do in between, but we narrowed the gap on West Virginia and we will continue to get better."
The Panthers started off the night on the vault earning their top score of the night from freshman Lisa Soto, who finished third with a 9.80. The team finished the event with a 48.150. Kori Macdonald, coming off a season-ending injury from 2012, scored Pitt's second-highest mark on the event with a 9.675.
On Pitt's next event, the uneven bars, sophomore Bri Hogan took top honors with a personal-best 9.80. Close behind were Haley Sedgewick and Maya Ketner, each with a 9.775 to tie for second. With the third-best score on the event, Soto tied for sixth with a 9.725. As a team, Pitt recorded a 48.750, which bested the Mountaineers' 48.575.
Pitt struggled a bit on the balance beam, but pulled out two solid routines from Alyssa Adrian and Offut, who tied for second with a 9.70. Pitt's team score on the event 47.675, while WVU scored a 48.150.
Wrapping up the evening on the floor exercise, Pitt finished strong with its final two competitors each scoring a 9.90. Adrian and Offutt tied with West Virginia's Alaska Richardson for first place. Sophomore Haley Sedgewick tied for fifth with the third-best score on the night with a 9.775.
The Panthers will host a quad meet at Fitzgerald Field House next Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., when Maryland, Temple and Cornell come to town.