Jan. 19, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics team recorded a 195.625 in just their second meet of the season, marking their sixth-highest score in school history and their highest score since 2004.
Pitt challenged No. 17 Maryland throughout the meet, but fell just short as the Terrapins scored a 195.975. Cornell finished in third with a 191.800, while Temple rounded out the scoring with a 190.000 on the night.
"We chased Maryland and we were making them nervous," head coach Debbie Yohman said. "The score, however, was the most important part of tonight for us. That is what will help get us to Regionals. Tonight's score will help build our confidence more and more and we're going to start beating those teams.
"Tonight is exactly what we wanted it to be. We took our weaknesses and improved and hit every single routine, even our exhibition routines. Haley Sedgewick lost her rhythm on bars but she held it together and Alyssa Adrian held on on the beam and we all grew. Tonight was a lot of fun!"
Pitt started out the night on the vault with a solid performance. The Panthers scored a 48.750 and had freshman Lisa Soto leading the squad with a 9.850 and a fourth place finish. Sophomore Haley Sedgewick was close behind in fifth with a 9.825.
On the uneven bars, Pitt again hit every routine and earned a 48.625 team score. Maya Ketner, Bri Hogan and Adrian tied for second overall with a 9.775. With the third-best score of the night and a fifth place finish, Soto scored a 9.725.
Pitt again saw outstanding performances on the beam as the Panthers finished with a 49.025 team score. Freshman Laura Kummerle and junior Katie O'Rourke took third with a 9.850 and Lindsay Offutt took fifth with a 9.825 - the fourth-best score of the night. Sedgewick rounded out the placing for Pitt in sixth with a 9.775.
Pitt's 49.250 team score on the floor exercise was the top score in the quad meet. Adrian scored an impressive 9.90 for the second consecutive meet, taking top honors on the event. Offutt finished third with a 9.875 with the second-highest score of the meet. O'Rourke scored a 9.850 to take fifth.
The Panthers will now go on the road for the next five meets. Pitt begins its road trip on Jan. 26 with a 7 p.m. quad meet at Penn State against Iowa and Rutgers. It will return home on March 2 for a dual meet against North Carolina.