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Jan. 27, 2012


PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics squad put in its second consecutive week of solid scores as they recorded a 193.500 against the No. 11-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes during the Think Pink: Target the Cure meet.

Although the Panthers fell short to the Buckeyes, 195.625-193.500, the team remains optimistic about their future matchups.

"For two weeks in a row we've been consistent," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "The girls were excited to compete in front of their fans. It was the first home meet and they wanted to make a good showing. Our confidence is there and we're competing smart right now. We've figured out how to turn trouble around.

"Again, we really have some freshmen that are putting in great performances," Yohman went on to say. "Haley Sedgewick and Haley Bodenheimer have been strong. Of course, Alicia (Talucci) is being Alicia and putting up fantastic scores. I am pleased with the kids, but we always want more."

The Panthers started out the evening on vault scoring a 48.575.The team was led by senior Alicia Talucci, who scored a solid 9.850, which was good enough for a tie for third place. Sophomore Alexa Riech followed Talucci with the second highest mark for the Panthers, tallying a 9.775.

On the uneven bars, Pitt scored a 47.575 with contributions from senior Amy Varela, who finished in fifth place with a 9.725. Freshman Haley Bodenheimer wrapped up Pitt's scoring in sixth (9.675).

Talucci's scores were solid throughout the evening and her balance beam routine was no exception as she finished in second with a score of 9.850. Sophomore Katie O'Rourke's mark of a 9.725 was good enough for sixth place, and aiding the Panthers' total of a 48.525.

Pitt's most impressive event of the night was reflected in its highest score of the evening on floor with a 48.825, which surpassed the Buckeyes' score of 48.675. The score also marks Pitt's highest score of the season on floor. Bodenheimer's highest score of the evening was floor with her second consecutive 9.850, landing her in first place. Talucci's solid finish on the event (9.800) landed her in second place, while Katie O'Rourke and Kelsey Ainsworth tied for fourth place, each with a 9.750. The score gives Ainsworth her career high.

Additionally, Bodenheimer tied for first on the all-around for the second consecutive week, scoring 38.825, which tied with Ohio State's Colleen Dean. Taking second in the all-around was freshman Haley Sedgewick, with a 38.350 on the night.

Pitt's seventh annual Think Pink: Target the Cure meet was again a huge success. Prior to the meet, over $1700 was collected for the Susan G. Komen Foundation with Linda DeVoss on hand to represent the organization. Additional donations were taken at the meet with those to go to the cause, as well.

Pitt returns to action next week with a Saturday night meet at home against Rutgers, George Washington and William & Mary. The meet will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Fitzgerald Field House.

Panthers Turn In Solid Performance Against No. 11 Ohio State

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