Feb. 21, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics team recorded its highest team score of the season with a 195.050 against NC State on Friday night at Pitt's annual Think Pink meet at Fitzgerald Field House.
"What a nice comeback," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "Unfortunately, we aren't perfect yet. We still have to work harder and that is something to work hard on. We had our season high on three events so this was a good effort for us.
"This was a breakout night for Brittney (Harris) and she still isn't at her best. Her floor and bars are getting better but she really can and will be better."
The Panthers started out strong on the vault with the highest team score of the year, compiling a 49.125 led by three individual career highs for Pitt. Senior Brittney Harris recorded a career-best 9.85 and tied teammates Lisa Soto and Maebelle Pacheco for second. The 9.85 also tied Pacheco's career high. Senior Kori Macdonald tied her own career best mark with a 9.75. NC State also recorded a strong vault score on their second rotation, scoring a 49.100.
Moving on to the second rotation of the night, Pitt counted a fall on bars resulting in a 47.875 team score. Sophomore Jacqueline Lucci continued her consistent bars performance earning a second place finish with a 9.775, which ties her career high. Harris finished fifth overall with a 9.70 and Linsday Offutt and Soto tied for sixth with a 9.675.
Pitt also recorded its highest team score of the season on beam Friday night with a 49.100, led by Offutt who earned the event title with a 9.90, which ties her career high. Sophomore Laura Kummerle took second overall with a 9.850, which ties her career high, and senior Katie O'Rourke tied for third with a 9.825.
Pitt finished strong on the floor with a 48.950 team score, but came up just short overall as the Wolfpack ended up with a 195.450 overall. O'Rourke again had another strong performance tying for first overall on the floor with a 9.875. Offutt followed closely with a 9.825 with the second-highest score of the night for fourth. Junior Haley Bodenheimer rounded out the top five for the Panthers with a 9.80 to tie for fifth.
Harris had a big night as she broke two individual event career bests and also hit her career-high in the all-around with a 39.000 to defeat NC State's Stephanie Ouellette (38.975) and Brittni Watkins (38.100).
The Panthers will have an opportunity for redemption next week as they return to action on Friday, Feb. 28 for a 7 p.m. quad meet at NC State with Maryland and William & Mary.