March 15, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Pitt gymnastics has one of its most impressive performances in school history on Saturday night as they recorded their fourth-highest team score with a 196.125 in a win over Kent State and Centenary on Senior Night. The 25th-ranked Golden Flashes concluded the night with a 195.975 and Centenary came in third with a 191.050 in front of 1,132 fans.
"This is what Senior Night is supposed to be like," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "This was also the big meet that everyone else in the country has had and we haven't had yet. Obviously we had to perform to get there and the kids really did tonight. It was our biggest crowd of the year even with the students on spring break. You never know how seniors will be on Senior Night but they all did such a great job and the others did a great job of backing them up. If we can have another great meet like this at EAGLs then we have put us in a great position."
The Panthers recorded three scores of 9.9 or higher on their final rotation on floor to solidify the win and the team event score of a 49.350, which also ranks in the top five for Pitt in school history. Katie O'Rourke and Lindsay Offutt each scored a 9.925 to tie for first while Brittney Harris took fourth with the second-highest score of a 9.9. The score also marked a career high for the senior.
Pitt started out the night on vault with a solid 49.100 team score, led by sophomore Maebelle Pacheco, who came in second with a 9.875. With the third-best score, sophomore Lisa Soto came in fourth with a 9.825 and three Pitt gymnasts tied for sixth with a 9.80 - Kori Macdonald, Nicole Pearson and Brittney Harris.
Moving on to bars, the Panthers recorded a 48.725 team score in their second rotation. Senior Maya Ketner led Pitt with a 9.825, which ties her career high score. Haley Sedgewick and Soto tied for fourth with a 9.750.
Sophomore Laura Kummerle led all Pitt scorers with a 9.875 and an event title on the night. Pitt scored a 48.950 as a team and Bodenheimer and Offutt tied for third with the second-best score on the night with a 9.850 and O'Rourke took fifth with a 9.825.
The meet concludes Pitt's regular season as the Panthers head to East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship meet on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at the University of New Hampshire.