Feb. 18, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics team earned a 194.050-192.325 win over Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon at Fitzgerald Field House.
"This was a meet that was truly teamwork," head coach Debbie Yohman said. "We didn't exactly run on all cylinders but everyone backed everyone else up. We ended up with a good team score. Not everyone's happy but these are things that motivate us. We should be really happy that we have people to back us up. Haley Sedgewick had a career high on the balance beam and in the all-around and on any day, anyone can do that and they have."
The Panthers started out strong on vault with freshman Haley Bodenheimer tying for the event title with a personal-best 9.775. Taking third with the second-best score on the day was freshman Brittany Marcsisin with a career-high 9.725. Tying her for third were teammates sophomore Alexa Riech and senior Alicia Talucci. As a team, Pitt finished with a 48.600 on the event.
Moving on to the uneven bars, the Panthers again dominated scoring as Pitt scored the top four gymnasts and finished with a 48.275 team score. Taking the top spot and scoring a career-high was freshman Bri Hogan with a 9.725. Sophomore Maya Ketner and senior Amy Varela tied for second, each with a 9.700. In fourth with the third-best score on the day was Bodenheimer, who tied her personal-best with a 9.675.
On the balance beam, sophomore Katie O'Rourke led the way with a 9.80 for a tie for first place. Freshman Haley Sedgwick was close behind in third place with a 9.725 - the second-best score of the day. Varela scored a 9.700, landing her in fifth place with the third-best score and Lisa Taylor finished sixth with a 9.675 with the fourth-best score. The Panthers finished with a 48.500 team score.
Finishing the afternoon strong on the floor, Pitt scored a team total of a 48.675. Tying for first place with an impressive 9.80 was both O'Rourke and Haley Sedgewick. Sedgewick's score tied for a career-best. With the second-best score of the day, Talucci finished fourth with a 9.775.
Sedgewick placed first on the all-around tallying a 38.650. Bodenheimer, also a rookie, placed third in the all-around with a final score of 37.800. Pitt moves to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in EAGL action.
The Panthers will return to action on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Kentucky in a tri-meet also with Auburn.
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