Feb. 14, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics team scored a 194.125 on the road Friday night at West Virginia after a shortened week. The Mountaineers recorded a 194.450, moving them to 5-4 overall and Pitt to 5-3.
"It was such a close meet," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "It was very hard work for the kids but they responded really well and once again we found ourselves in a tight situation. Every score was tight for both teams. The kids just kept working. We lost by 0.03 and I don't think we've been that close to WVU in a long time. This is a group of kids that is learning how to compete.
"Heading into the last event we felt it was close and we rocked beam. Brit (Harris) was shaking because she has been sick but she hit her beam. Lisa Soto jammed her back earlier in the meet, but hit her routine also. Once again we were on top of the podium for beam and floor. Coming off of two long hard weeks with injuries and kids battling the flu in the mid-season which is the hardest stretch, I couldn't be happier unless we were perfect. This is a big difference from last year. We are learning to compete and finish."
The Panthers started out the Beauty and the Beast meet on the uneven bars, scoring 48.025 with sophomore Jacqueline Lucci leading Pitt with a 9.700 to finish third overall.
In Pitt's second rotation of the night, they recorded a 48.700 on vault. Senior Brittney Harris led all Pitt scorers and finished tied for third overall with a 9.80. Also scoring for the Panthers was sophomore Maebelle Pacheco, who finished fifth with a 9.775.
Sophomore Lindsay Offutt had an outstanding night, winning the floor exercise with a score of 9.80. The Panthers had two other scorers on the night with Haley Bodenheimer and Katie O'Rourke tied for fifth with a 9.750. The team finished with 48.700 team score.
On Pitt's final rotation, the Panthers scored a 48.700 and had two tie for the balance beam event title. Offutt and sophomore Laura Kummerle scored a 9.80 to win the event. Additionally, Haley Bodenheimer finished fourth with a 9.725 (the event's second-best score) and sophomore Lisa Soto tied for fifth with a 9.70.
Harris was Pitt's lone all-around competitor and finished second with a 38.675.
The Panthers return home on Feb. 21 as they host N.C. State at Fitzgerald Field House at 7 p.m., in an ESPN3 broadcast meet.
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