Feb. 2, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics squad scored their second-best mark of the season with a 194.625 at Rutgers on Saturday night, versus Brown and Southern Connecticut. The Scarlet Knights scored a 195.000 to pace all teams.
"Our big focus this week was to up our game on vault, which we did," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "This will be very important going forward. However, we left this meet with some little mistakes that added up and overshadowed the good performances, leaving us in second place. It was a nice score, but a disappointing performance. We're still not quite mentally tough enough to hit every set every week, although that's the standard that's been set and expected."
Sophomore Maya Ketner and freshman Nicole Pearson each led the Panthers on the vault with a 9.825, which tied for second overall. Also placing for Pitt were Kori Macdonald and Lisa Soto, who finished sixth with a 9.750. As a team, Pitt recorded a team score of 48.850 on the vault.
Pitt's best performance of the night came on the uneven bars as they scored a 48.925. Senior Alyssa Adrian is getting used to winning event titles on the floor exercise, but this time she did it on the bars with a 9.875. Additionally, Ketner and Bri Hogan took third overall with a 9.825. Soto rounded out the top six with a 9.800.
On the balance beam, junior Katie O'Rourke led all competitors with a 9.850 to win the event title. Close behind O'Rourke was freshman Lauran Kummerle with a 9.825 to tie for second. Pitt earned a team score of 48.275 on the event.
Freshman Lindsay Offutt led the way for Pitt on the floor as she finished third overall with a 9.850 as Pitt's lone scorer on the event. As a team, the Panthers scored a 48.575.
Pitt returns to action on Feb. 8 at the Chicago Style meet where they will face Illinois State, Arizona and Texas Women's University at 7:30 p.m.
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