March 15, 2012
The Pitt gymnastics team scored a 194.400 en route to a win over Ball State on the road Thursday night as the Cardinals scored a 192.250.
"This was a bit of a moral victory for us," head coach Debbie Yohmansaid. "We came out with the win, but we had some kids performing not at 100%. They performed well though even though they were suffering through some illnesses. They didn't give up and competed well. In spite of some tight judging that was disappointing to us, we didn't get frustrated and didn't give up. We just kept getting better and better as the night progressed and that was exciting."
Pitt started out the night on uneven bars, scoring a 48.400 as a team. Senior Amy Varela and freshman Haley Bodenheimer tied for first on the event with a 9.725. Tying for fifth with a 9.675 was Alyssa Adrian and Bri Hoganfor the Panthers to round out placements.
Moving on to vault, Bodenheimer again claimed the event title with a 9.825, which ties her career best score. Alicia Talucci, who is fresh off her EAGL Specialist of the Week honor, tied for second on the vault with a 9.80. Tying for fifth for the Panthers are Haley Sedgewick and Alexa Riechwith a 9.725. The Panthers concluded the event with a 48.700 team score.
On floor, Pitt again took the top two spots as Katie O'Rourkewon with a 9.825, followed closely by Bodenheimer, who contributed a 9.80 for second place. Pitt scored a 48.500 team mark and took control of the meet from the Cardinals.
Pitt's strongest event of the night, the beam, was also its last. The Panthers recorded a 48.800, including an event-winning 9.825 score from Talucci. O'Rourke took second (tied) overall with a 9.775 and Hogan finished in a tie for fourth with a 9.750. Pitt's freshman all-arounders, Sedgewick and Bodenheimer, each scored a 9.725 to tie for sixth.
The Panthers' regular season is complete and Pitt will next compete in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships on March 24 at Fitzgerald Field House on the University of Pittsburgh campus. For ticket information, please contact the Panthers Ticket Office at 412-648-PITT (7488).
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