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March 10, 2017

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AUBURN, Ala. — The University of Pittsburgh gymnastics team scored a 194.200 for the second straight week, but it wasn't enough as they fell 196.300-194.200 to No. 20 Auburn on the road.

Pitt (8-16, 1-6 EAGL) couldn't overcome the strong Tigers (1-10, 0-7 SEC) program despite one of their better performances on beam all season.

Pitt’s standouts were senior Tracey Pearson and Brittany West, as Pearson earned a 9.825 on vault to grab second in the event and West produced a 9.800, good enough to place third on beam.

Competing against an SEC opponent for the first time this season, Pitt began the meet on bars. Sophomore Lucy Brett and junior Taylor Laymon led the charge for Pitt, each scoring a 9.775 in the event to tie for sixth. Freshman Hallie Peele contributed a 9.675. The Panthers team total on bars was 48.325.

Pearson paced the Panthers on vault for their second rotation. The Baltimore, Md., native scored a 9.825 to take second. Sophomore Meagan Oscar posted a 9.775 to take fifth. Freshman Deven Herbine scored a 9.725 on her vault routine while West contributed a 9.700. The Panthers scored a team total of 48.675 on the event.

Pitt took to the floor exercise for the third rotation. Pearson and freshman Alecia Petrikis both posted 9.800’s for the Panthers to tie for fifth. Laymon scored a 9.775 and freshman Charli Spivey earned a 9.700. The Panthers total on floor was 48.575.

The Panthers concluded their final regular season meet on beam. West had the most gleaming score at 9.800, placing third, while Brett and senior Kelly Burak had beam routines that each garnered a 9.750, tying for fifth. Senior Erika Reichert notched a 9.725 for her effort on beam. In total, the Panthers scored a 48.625, their second-highest team total in beam this season.

Pitt will head to the practice gym for a week as they prepare for the EAGL Championships on Mar. 18. After hosting the EAGL Championships last year, emerging victorious and claiming their first conference title in the program history, the Panthers will look to defend their title and repeat. The meet is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C., hosted by NC State.

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