Feb. 4, 2012
PITTSBURGH - In scoring their highest team score in two years, the Pitt gymnastics team swept their quad meet against George Washington, Rutgers and William & Mary with a score of 194.550 Saturday night at Fitzgerald Field House.
The Panthers out-paced their opponents with East Atlantic Gymnastics League foes George Washington scoring a 193.125 and Rutgers with a 192.500, and William & Mary scoring a 191.825 on the night.
"For the meet preview, my quote said that we needed to hit on three points," Pitt head coach Debbie Yohman said. "We needed to get rid of falls on bars, each girl was responsible for a half tenth, to a tenth of a point improvement on the night, and we knew if we did that, the third would take care of itself - which was to even out our record.
"The kids keep gaining confidence, and what a performance we had on the floor!" Yohman said. "I am really pleased. We are a third of a way through the season and we have been doing a nice job after a disappointing first meet."
Pitt's 194.550 marks the Panthers' highest score since they scored a 194.650 against Penn State on Feb. 13, 2010. Pitt additionally recorded its highest marks of the season on both the bars(48.300) and on the floor (49.075).
The Panthers started out on vault and got a strong performance from senior Alicia Talucci, who's 9.850 was good enough to hold on and capture the vault title. Also scoring for Pitt was freshman Haley Bodenheimer, who scored a personal-best 9.775 for a fifth place finish. Pitt concluded the night with a 48.475 on the event.
The uneven bars, Pitt scored a meet-high 48.300 and were led by Alyssa Adrian, who tied for first with a 9.725. Freshman Haley Sedgewick and senior Amy Varela tied for fifth with a 9.675 on the bars with Sedgewick's score marking a career high.
Pitt's night only got stronger the later in the night. The Panthers were solid on the balance beam with a 48.700, including personal bests by two of Pitt's competitors. Bodenheimer paced all scorers with a career-high 9.825. She was followed by teammate Amy Varela, who scored a career-high 9.800, and Katie O'Rourke also with a 9.800 tied for second.
The Panthers concluded the night with an outstanding performance on the floor for a 49.075. Four of Pitt's gymnasts scored on the event, including O'Rourke winning the title with a 9.875 and a career-high score. Talucci tied her career-best with a 9.850, which was good enough for second place. Bodenheimer and Sedgewick, both rookies, tied for third with a 9.800 on the night.
In the all-around, Bodenheimer scored a career-high 39.025 and finished second, being edged out by Rutgers' Alexis Gunzelman's 39.075. Sedgewick also earned a personal best score of 38.625 and finished tied for fifth.
Pitt returns to action next weekend on Feb. 11 at Michigan State. The Panthers next return home on Feb. 18 against Bowling Green.