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Jan. 18, 2014

PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics team recorded a big non-conference road win on Saturday with a 193.025-192.525 win over No. 25-ranked Michigan State.

"It was a nice road win for us but not a pretty win," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "We did a good job of improving some needed areas on our first three events. Unfortunately, we almost gave the meet away on the last event, beam. But Michigan State gave is back to us. It was very close as expected.

"It was good to have Maebelle Pacheco finally in the vault lineup and Lisa Soto back on vault and bars. Freshman Kelly Burak had a really nice floor, Jacqueline Lucci continues to improve on bars and Brit (Harris), Katie (O'Rourke) and Lindsay (Offutt) pretty much owned their events once again. As a team we just keep getting better little-by-little, day-by-day."

Pitt claimed three event titles including senior Brittney Harris, who won the vault for the second consecutive week with a 9.750; senior Katie O'Rourke tied for the title on the beam - also for the second week in a row - with a 9.825; and sophomore Lindsay Offutt won the floor for the second consecutive week with a 9.80.

The Panthers started out the afternoon on the bars, recording a 48.375 team score. Harris led all Pitt scorers, finishing second with a 9.775. Sophomore Jacqueline Lucci took third with a 9.750 and senior Maya Ketner was fifth at 9.7. Michigan State recorded a 47.400 on the bars.

Pitt's second rotation, the vault, ended with a 48.450 team score and Harris taking the title with a 9.750. Sophomore Lisa Soto finished third with a 9.7 and sophomores Nicole Pearson and Maebelle Pacheco tied for fourth with a 9.675. The Spartans again came up short of the Panthers with a 48.250.

On the floor exercise, Pitt scored their highest event score of the day with a 48.625 with Offutt leading the way with a 9.80. O'Rourke took third with a 9.75, freshman Kelly Burak tied for fourth with a 9.725 and Pitt's Haleys - Bodenheimer and Sedgewick - tied for sixth with a 9.675.

Pitt concluded the meet on beam and suffered their lowest score of the day with a 47.575, counting a few low scores. O'Rourke again stepped up, however, as she tied for first with a 9.825 followed closely by teammate Offutt in third with a 9.775. The Spartans held an advantage on the event with a team score of 48.675.

Pitt returns home on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. when it hosts EAGL foe New Hampshire at Fitzgerald Field House.

Panthers Defeat No. 25 Michigan State on the Road

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