March 11, 2012
The Pitt gymnastics team again improved upon their individual and team scores to record a season-best 195.075 against No. 12 Penn State with the Nittany Lions scoring a 196.425.
At Sunday's meet, Pitt recognized four seniors for their accomplishments while with the Panthers, including Kelsey Ainsworth, Alicia Talucci, Lisa Taylor and Amy Varela.
"We always do well on senior night and this was no exception," head coach Debbie Yohman said. "This team won't let anyone fall off. We struggled a little on bars, but each girl doesn't pay attention to what the one before them does. They bring their best and it is really showing every event, every meet."
The Panthers started off strong on vault with their top team score of the season with a 48.850. Senior Alicia Talucci finished second on vault with a 9.850, which tied her season high. Freshman Haley Bodenheimer tied for third with a 9.825 and freshman Brittany Marcsisin scored a career-best 9.80 on the event, finishing fifth.
On uneven bars, Bodenheimer again tied for third with a 9.825, scoring Pitt's highest mark on bars. Senior Amy Varela also scored a 9.80, finishing sixth to help lead the Panthers to a team score of 48.100.
Talucci claimed the balance beam title with a 9.825 and was followed by Bodenheimer in second with a 9.80. Senior Lisa Taylor had the performance of her career on beam for Senior Day, scoring a personal-best 9.80 on the event and finishing in a tie with Bodenheimer for second. Pitt's 48.825 team score also marks their highest mark on beam of the season.
Talucci's 9.90 on the floor exercise was good enough for a career high for the senior, and a second place finish. Sophomore Katie O'Rourke
took fourth with a 9.875, tying with Bodenheimer, who registered a career high score.
Bodenheimer's all-around score of 39.325 is also a career best and was good enough for second place. She finished just .075 behind the No. 2-ranked all-arounder in the nation in Sharaya Musser of Penn State, who took first with a 39.400.
Pitt heads back on the road next week when they travel to Ball State on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m.