Feb. 10, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Pitt's gymnastics team scored a season-best 194.900 on the road at Maryland on Monday night in a quad meet with Towson and George Washington. The host Terrapins edged out Pitt on the final event with a 195.225 followed by the Panthers, George Washington (193.825) and Towson (188.700).
"It was a really fun meet," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "The kids did a great job. Our first person on beam fell to start out the night and the girls didn't look back from there. Maryland as the home team ended the night on floor and they were able to pull ahead then but we were head-to-head the entire night.
"I'm really proud of the kids," continued Yohman. "It was a new beam lineup for us and they rocked it. We also had a new floor lineup as well and it was exciting. We had a lot of people put forth a great effort. The meet could have ended up either way but we closed strong and that's something we haven't done in the past. This was a great road score for us and everyone is motivated and excited to move on to Friday night's meet."
Pitt started out the night on beam and earned an event title from sophomore Lindsay Offutt, who scored a season-best 9.875. Senior Katie O'Rourke grabbed third place with a 9.825 and sophomore Laura Kummerle finished sixth with a 9.775. The Panthers finished the event with a 48.850 - the best team beam score of the night.
Pitt's strongest event of the meet was on floor as the Panthers recorded a 48.950 team score. O'Rourke followed up her strong beam routine with a season-best 9.90, which tied for the event title. O'Rourke was closely followed by teammate Lindsay Offutt in third with a 9.875 with the second-best score of the night.
On vault, sophomore Maebelle Pacheco continues to be Pitt's top scorer as she finished with a 9.775, which was good enough for fourth. Senior Brittney Harris tied for fifth with a 9.750 in a tightly-scored event. Despite solid vaulting, Pitt finished with a team score of 48.425.
The Panthers ended up the night on bars and got a stand-out performance from sophomore Jacqueline Lucci, who earned her first career event title by scoring a 9.775. With the second-highest score on the night, Lisa Soto and Brittney Harris both tied for fifth with a 9.750, helping to lead Pitt to a 48.675 team score.
Pitt will have a short week before returning to competition on Friday at West Virginia for "Beauty and the Beast" which is a double-header of wrestling and gymnastics, beginning at 6 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.