MORGANTOWN, WV. - The University of Pittsburgh gymnastics team competed for the second time in three days as they traveled down to Morgantown, W.Va., for a Sunday matinee quad meet. The Panthers posted a total score of 194.200, powered by a strong showing on vault of 48.850, but ultimately fell to the other teams at the WVU Coliseum.
Pitt (8-15, 1-6 EAGL) was unable to top No. 16 George Washington (196.375), No. 24 Eastern Michigan (196.225) and host West Virginia (195.800).
Senior Tracey Pearson had the highest score on the day for Pitt, with a 9.850 on floor. Pearson finished 4th in the event. Freshman Deven Herbine topped her career-high, posting a 9.825 on vault, tying her for 5th in the event. Other standouts included sophomore Lucy Brett with a 9.825 on bars and classmate Brittany West with a 9.825 on beam.
The Panthers started off Sunday's quad meet on uneven bars. North Somerset, United Kingdom native Brett led the way for Pitt with a 9.825. Junior Taylor Laymon posted a 9.775 while classmate Dani Hall scored a 9.700. In total, Pitt scored a 48.450 on bars.
Brett placed tied for 6th on bars while Laymon finished 10th.
Pitt moved to the beam for the second rotation, competing two days after posting a season high in the event. Pitt's standouts on beam were West and Brett with scores of 9.825 and 9.800, respectively. Senior Kelly Burak contributed a 9.750 as Pitt finished with a total of 48.200 on beam.
West's score of 9.825 tied for 10th on beam.
Next, the Panthers took to the floor for the third rotation. Sophomore Charli Spivey got the Panthers off to a good start on floor, tying her career-high with a 9.775. Hall had a strong routine that produced a 9.800, while Pearson posted a 9.850 with her inspiring performance. The Panthers totaled a 48.750 on the floor exercise.
Pearson finished 4th on the floor exercise, while Hall's 9.800 tied her for 11th.
Pitt concluded Sunday's quad meet on vault and it was their best event on the day. Herbine led the way with a 9.825, topping her career-high. Sophomore Krista Collins eclipsed her career-high as well, with a 9.775 on the event. Sophomore Meagan Oscar scored a 9.750 while Pearson and West added scores of 9.800 and 9.700, respectively. Pitt totaled a 48.850 on vault in the meet.
Herbine's quality vault tied her for 5th in the exercise, while Pearson tied for 9th.
The Panthers will close out their regular season on Friday, Mar. 10, paying a visit to Auburn, Ala., to take on the Tigers. The dual meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. against No. 18 Auburn (0-10, 0-7). The Panthers will then have a week to prepare before the EAGL Championships on Saturday, Mar. 18 in Raleigh, N.C., hosted by N.C. State.
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