March 7, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Pitt gymnastics scored a 194.350 to take second in a tri meet with Maryland and North Carolina on Friday night, despite an injury-depleted lineup. The Terrapins took first with a 194.700 and North Carolina was third with a 192.275.
"That was just unfortunate," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "We spent our mojo on bars because that was the event we were worried about. Our first few girls always hit on beam and they didn't tonight. We had a mental letdown. Thank God for Nicki (Nicole Pearson) who hasn't competed beam for us and just pulled that out of the air to salvage our beam rotation. We finished up nice on floor, but the score doesn't help us much.
"I guess if anything, it teaches you what you're made of. We go back into the gym and see what we can do next week."
Pitt started the night off on vault and came out strong with a 48.975 team score, which led all teams in the first rotation. Sophomore Maebelle Pacheco continues to lead the Panthers on vault, scoring a 9.875, which was good enough for the event title. Brittney Harris tied her career high with a 9.85 and a second place finish and sophomore Nicole Pearson recorded a 9.8, which ties her season best mark and placed her in a tie for fifth overall.
After two rotations, the Panthers held on to the lead with their 48.800 team score on uneven bars. Harris again put up a strong score with a 9.85 to lead the squad and finish second overall. She was followed closely by Maya Ketner, who registered a 9.825, which ties her career high, good enough for third place. Pearson tied for sixth with a 9.725.
Maryland took over the lead after the third rotation as the Panthers were forced to count a fall and finished the balance beam with a 47.650. Pitt's top scorer on the beam was Haley Bodenheimer, who finished with a 9.750.
The Panthers finished strong on floor with a 48.525, sweeping the top three finishers. Pitt was led by Katie O'Rourke with a 9.875 for first place overall. Lindsay Offutt took second with a 9.825 and Bodenheimer came in third overall with a 9.80.
Harris finished the night with a career-high in the all-around with a 39.075 and Pearson competed in her first-ever all-around, scoring a 38.525.
The Panthers round out their home schedule on Saturday, March 15 with a Senior Night tri meet against Kent State and Centenary at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House.
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