Feb. 1, 2014
The Pitt gymnastics team scored a 193.875 on the road at North Carolina, but fell short for the first time this season to the Tar Heels, who scored a 194.800.
"We let a team that was short-handed beat us tonight," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "It was one of those meets where if something could go wrong it would. In warm-ups, Haley Sedgewick was injured and we had to pull her out of the competition. Lisa Soto was sick and it affected her performances all night. It was very surprising. We had problems in warm-ups that we haven't had before and with a veteran group, it shouldn't have happened.
"We were flat tonight and we should have been able to handle this meet easily and we didn't," continued Yohman. "We've got some things to work on, but we need to find more urgency and we need to dig a little bit deeper to become champions. The coaching staff believes we have a great squad but we're not acting like it right now.
"Bri (Brittney Harris) had another solid all-around meet and did a great job. Bodie (Haley Bodenheimer) hit a great beam routine and Laura (Kummerle) had a great beam routine, just like she did last year even after getting iced by the judges. Now we'll be short handed and we'll see what we're made of. We're consistent in our score, but the rest of it has to come from the kids."
Harris recorded a 38.850 on the night in the all-around after scoring a 9.750 on the vault, a 9.725 on bars, a 9.625 on beam and a 9.750 on floor.
Pitt got off to a slow start on bars, scoring their lowest team score of the night with a 48.000. Sophomore Jacqueline Lucci led all Pitt scorers with a 9.750.
Moving onto the second rotation of the night, Pitt scored a 48.575 on vault and was led again by sophomore Maebelle Pacheco, who scored a 9.825, which was good enough for second overall.
The Panthers' third rotation was on floor, scoring a 48.775. Senior Katie O'Rourke was solid, as usual, with a 9.825, finishing second overall. Sophomore Lindsay Offutt was close behind with a 9.775.
On Pitt's final rotation, the Panthers scored a 48.525 on the beam. Kummerle tied for the beam title with a 9.825 on the night and Offutt scored the second-highest mark of the night with a 9.750.
The Panthers return to action on Feb. 10 at Maryland with a quad meet against the Terrapins, Towson and George Washington at 7 p.m. in a rare Monday night meet.