March 23, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Pitt gymnastics took third in the EAGL Championships on Saturday afternoon and senior Alyssa Adrian claimed the all-around title on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Adrian scored a 39.250 in just the third time she has competed in the all-around competition collegiately. The senior recorded scores of 9.850 (vault), 9.775 (bars), 9.800 (beam) and 9.825 (floor) to take the title among 15 competitors, finishing a tenth of a point ahead of the next competitor.
"We had a hard start on floor, which is our best event, with some tight scoring, but we kept fighting hard and focused on ourselves and really saw the rewards. Alyssa, two weeks ago I called it by saying that I thought she would win the all-around and it came true. Today was a great experience for us. Onward and upward. It was a total team effort from start to finish. That was a solid, consistent all-around effort from both Alyssa and the entire team. Yesterday we had a really rough warmup, but we turned it around and made today a success."
The Panthers finished with a 194.875 team score in a tightly-contested meet. Pitt led through most of the meet and held an advantage until the final two performers for the Panthers on beam. The final two routines were the only misses on the day for Pitt in a strong performance.
The Panthers started off the day on the floor exercise, posting a 48.775 team score. Pitt was led by Adrian, who scored a 9.825 to finish sixth overall. Junior Maya Ketner was second for Pitt and tied for 13th overall with a 9.775 (fifth highest score).
Moving on to the vault, Pitt improved by recording a 48.900 team mark. The squad was again led by their senior leader, Adrian, who scored a 9.850 for fourth place, which ties her career high score on the event. Freshman Lisa Soto scored a 9.825 to finish tied for fifth and Haley Sedgewick and Kori Macdonald were tied for 19th with a 9.750.
Pitt continued its strong performance as the team scored a 48.800 on the bars with all six gymnasts hitting their routines. Junior Maya Ketner led all Pitt scorers with a 9.80 on the event to take sixth overall. Adrian's 9.775 tied her for ninth with the fourth highest score of the day. Sedgewick and Soto tied for 14th (fifth highest score) with a 9.750.
After three rotations, Pitt was tied for the lead with New Hampshire with a 146.475 with Maryland close behind at 146.450. Freshman Laura Kummerle topped all Pitt performers on beam with a 9.850 to tie for second overall. Junior Katie O'Rourke tied for fifth (third highest score) with a 9.825 and Adrian rounded out Pitt's top 20 finishers with a seventh place finish with her 9.80. Pitt's 48.400 team score was its lowest event score of the day, pushing the Panthers to third overall.
The third place finish is Pitt's highest team finish since 2000 when Pitt was second. Pitt will now await its NCAA Regional fate when scores from around the country are posted throughout the evening. The official teams and sites will be announced on Monday.