Jan. 26, 2013
The No. 22-ranked Pitt gymnastics team finished Saturday night’s quad meet with a 193.575 and a third place finish behind Penn State and Iowa. Pitt defeated EAGL foe Rutgers.
"We were a little flat," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "We started on beam and had an unusual fall and we had a few girls sick but we were flat. We made some uncharacteric mistakes.
"Maya Ketner just did a wonderful job on all three events and had a career high on floor. We've really been on her and she did fantastic. Laura Kummerle on beam had such a nice beam routine, she just nailed it. We had some kids step up, but we had some little problems pop up. We weren't a No. 22 team tonight and we weren't as good as we've been at home, but the nice thing about this is that we've learned from it and we have the same rotation for the next four weeks.
"We start on beam and we have an opportunity to build from this and be a lot better than we were today. I think that's the goal that we have. It wasn't a great meet, but it wasn't a bad meet. It depends on how much we learn from it and I think we will learn a lot."
The Panthers started out the night on the balance beam and recorded its top score on the event from freshman Laura Kummerle, who scored a 9.775 finishing fourth overall. Junior Katie O’Rourke was second for the Panthers and sixth overall with a 9.725. Pitt finished the event with a team score of 47.950.
Pitt moved on to its strongest event in the floor exercise, recording a 49.075 team score. Senior Alyssa Adrian, who is ranked No. 8 in the nation on the event, scored Pitt’s top mark of the night with a 9.875 and won the event title for the third week in a row. Three other Panthers scored in the 9.8s including freshman Lindsay Offutt with a 9.850 (who finished third overall), O’Rourke with a 9.825 (fifth overall) and sophomore Maya Ketner with a 9.8.
On vault, Pitt scored a 48.025 team score with freshman Lisa Soto scoring a 9.750 to lead the way for the Panthers.
Pitt’s final event of the night, the uneven bars, was the Panthers’ second-highest team score of the night with a 48.525. Adrian was again the team’s top scorer with a 9.80, finishing fourth overall.
Pitt returns to action on Feb. 2 at Rutgers with a quad meet versus Brown and Southern Connecticut at 6 p.m.