Jan. 13, 2012
The start to the Pitt gymnastics' 2012 season didn't go as planned as the Panthers fell on the road at Maryland Friday night, 193.850-189.650.
"It was not how we wanted to open up the season and certainly not what we practiced last semester for," head coach Debbie Yohman said. "We did manage, after struggling on our first event (uneven bars). We rebounded on vault with a reduced lineup but we did a nice job on floor.
"By the end, the team was frustrated. We have a lot of work ahead of us. I will give kudos to Alicia Talucci, who did a very nice job on her three events. Freshman Haley Sedgewick hit all three of her events and did a nice job. We'll come back to Pittsburgh and we'll see who are competitors are. The kids are very disappointed in themselves."
The Panthers started off the night on the uneven bars with Alyssa Adrian leading the Pitt squad with a 9.700 for a tie for third place overall.
Pitt fought back on the vault, hitting all of their vaults despite not having their complete lineup. Senior Alicia Talucci and sophomore Brittney Harris both set the pace for the Panthers by scoring a team-best 9.675, which was good enough for fourth overall.
On the floor, Harris again led the Panthers with a third place finish (tie) and a 9.750 score. Tying for fifth was freshman Haley Sedgewick, who recorded a 9.700.
Talucci scored a team-best and meet-best 9.725 on the beam as Pitt rounded out the night. Sophomore Katie O'Rourke took fourth with a 9.625.
Pitt will stay on the road next weekend when it travels to New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. The Panthers open up their home schedule on Jan. 27 against Ohio State at 7 p.m.