March 2, 2013
The Pitt gymnastics team had one of the best performances in school history as the Panthers scored a 196.175 - the third highest score in school history - in their Saturday night victory over league foe North Carolina in Pitt's annual Think Pink meet. The Tar Heels finished the night with a strong team score of 195.600.
"When you work hard results come," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "There has been chatter about how you have a scoring advantage at home. For us, we've been on the road for five weeks and of course we're more comfortable at home and the girls can sleep in their own beds. Our judges are randomly chosen. We've worked extremely hard and we deserve these scores. Our goal is to extend our season past the EAGL Championships and we feel we're on our way."
Pitt started out the night on vault and tied their season high team score on the event with a 48.975. Freshman Lisa Soto scored a season-best score of 9.875 to win the event. The rookie was closely followed in second place by teammate Maya Ketner with a 9.825, which tied her career high score. Pitt captured four of the top six placements including Kori Macdonald and Nicole Pearson, who tied for fifth with a 9.775.
The Panthers continued their strong performances on the uneven bars, scoring a 48.950. Soto again led the way for Pitt, tying with teammate Alyssa Adrian for first place with a 9.825. Ketner took fourth with a 9.80 and Brittney Harris tied for fifth with a 9.775, again giving Pitt four of the top six spots.
Moving on to the balance beam, Pitt continued to improve its team event scores finishing with a 49.000. Sophomore Katie O'Rourke led all Pitt scorers with a 9.850, good enough for second place. Adrian took fourth with a 9.825 and freshman Laura Kummerle and Soto tied for fifth with a 9.800.
With the team score just two tenths of a point apart heading into the final rotation, Pitt stepped up to the challenge with their highest score of the night on floor - a 49.250. A Pitt freshman, Lindsay Offutt, again stood out with a season-best 9.950 to win the event title. Additionally, O'Rourke had one of her top career performances with a 9.90 to finish second. Adrian claimed fourth with a 9.850 to round out Pitt's scorers.
Adrian contributed an exhibition vault, which would have scored, if eligible and recorded scores of 9.825 (bars), 9.825 (beam) and 9.850 (floor) as she continues to work towards competing in the all-around.
The Pitt gymnastics Think Pink meet is an annual, long-standing event that the program takes great pride in. In addition to bringing awareness to the need for additional funds for breast cancer research, Pitt has raised more than $1500 in each of the last three years.
Pitt rounds out the regular season with two remaining home meets with Michigan State on March 8 and Auburn on March 16.