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Feb. 16, 2013

PITTSBURGH - Pitt's gymnastics squad finished third on Saturday night at the Sweetheart Invitational at N.C. State, scoring a 194.750 in the six-team meet. The host Wolfpack scored the top mark on the night with a 195.675, while North Carolina took second with a 195.550.

"We did some really nice things tonight and got some very good compliments," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "I really like this team. We were headed for a huge team score but had a weak link on each event that we had to cover for.  We are still on this learning curve with a competitive group of athletes and still learning to hit on all cylinders. 

"What we HAVE learned is to recover from an error and for the next person to step it up. Going forward! Some individual shout outs go to Katie (O'Rourke) for a more confident beam set and a super performance on floor that did hit on all cylinders. Brit (Harris) is showing improvement weekly on bars -- and remember she didn't have the training numbers in the fall that everyone else did. And Laura (Kummerle) was flawless on beam until she hoped on the dismount. Keep moving forward!"

The Panthers started out the night on the uneven bars with a 48.575 team score, led by Maya Ketner and Lisa Soto's scores of a 9.750, which tied for 11th but was the fifth-best score. Lindsay Offutt and Brittney Harriswere close behind, each with a 9.700 on the night.

Pitt moved on to the balance beam, scoring a 48.675. Freshman Laura Kummerle led all Pitt scorers with a 9.850, which was good enough for third overall. Senior Alyssa Adrianscored the fourth-best mark of the night with a 9.825 to finish tied for sixth.

Pitt earned its top performance of the night on floor, scoring a team mark of 49.125. Sophomore Katie O'Rourkefinished second on the event with a career-tying score of 9.925. Finishing 11th, with the fifth-best score on the night was Adrian, Ketner and Offut, each with an impressive 9.825.

Rounding out the night, the Panthers finished the competition on the vault scoring a 48.375. Pitt's top individual score of a 9.700 came from Kori Macdonald, Haley Sedgewickand Soto, who all tied for 11th with the fifth-best score of the night.

Pitt finishes up its five-week road stand with a Feb. 22 meet at Maryland with George Washington and Bridgeport. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. in College Park, Md.

Pitt Gymnastics Scores a 194.750 at Sweetheart Invitational

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