Jan. 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics team remained undefeated on the year as they earned a 194.025-191.675 win over East Atlantic Gymnastics League opponent New Hampshire on Saturday. Pitt improves to 3-0 on the year and is 2-0 in EAGL action.
"That was a good win for us," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "The mistakes were obviously on bars but we have some things to work on for beam and vault as well and we'll get there. It will take baby steps but I'm proud of the girls and how they came back from bars. Our theme is `how strong are you?' and we are finding that out!"
Senior Brittney Harrisreturned to the all-around competition for the first time since her freshman year and came away with a solid 38.900 on the day.
"You can see what kind of a competitor Brit is," said Yohman. "Her goal has been to get back to the all-around and she's slowly broken back in. She put together four nice events but she's improving every day. She'll be better next week."
The Panthers had a strong start on vault with a 48.775 team score, led by sophomore Maebelle Pacheco, who scored a career-best and meet-high 9.850. Also scoring for the Panthers was sophomore Lisa Sotoin third with a 9.80 and Harris in fifth with a 9.750. New Hampshire struggled on their opening rotation, scoring a 45.950 on the bars.
"Maebelle had our best vault," said Yohman. "She's a little scared to land it after all her injuries, but she almost stuck it and had a great one."
In the second rotation, Pitt counted a fall on the uneven bars and recorded a 47.800, but earned a strong performance from both Harris and Soto. Harris earned the event title with a 9.80 and Soto finished second with a 9.750. The Wildcats were on vault for the second rotation and finished with a team score of 48.850.
Pitt moved to beam for the third rotation and recorded a 48.525 team score. Sophomore Lindsay Offutt was Pitt's top scorer with a 9.775 to finish third. She was followed by freshman Kelly Burak in fifth with a 9.725 and Harris and sophomore Katie O'Rourketying for sixth with a 9.70. New Hampshire scored a 48.200 on the floor for their third rotation.
The Panthers finished strong on the floor, scoring an event-high team score of 48.925. Offutt has now won a share of the floor title in each of Pitt's first three meets, finishing with a 9.875 on the day. O'Rourke took third with a 9.825 and junior Haley Bodenheimer finished fourth with a 9.80. Rounding out scoring for the Panthers was junior Haley Sedgewickwith a 9.750. New Hampshire finished out their day on the beam with a 48.725 team score.
"Lindsay, you have to admire her work ethic as a competitor," said Yohman. "She had three nice events today and works hard every day to get better."
Pitt returns to action on Jan. 31 when they travel to North Carolina for a 7 p.m. meet. The Panthers will stay on the road until Feb. 21.
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