March 24, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics squad scored a season-best 195.375 team score Saturday in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships held in Pittsburgh at Fitzgerald Field House. The Panthers finished fifth in the competitive meet.
West Virginia took home the crown with a 196.475 on the day, while N.C. State finished second with a 196.000, Maryland was third (195.950) and North Carolina was fourth with a 195.550.
EAGL Rookie of the Year Haley Bodenheimer finished third in the all-around with a 39.200. She finished the day with a 9.850 on the vault to finish seventh, a 9.750 on the uneven bars to finish 20th (with the seventh-best score), a 9.725 on the beam for 16th (seventh-best score) and a 9.875 on the floor to finish 10th with the third-best score.
In all, Pitt earned three All-EAGL Tournament first team honors and nine second team honors including:
"We ended the season with a season high team score and you couldn't have ended the season any better," head coach Debbie Yohman said. "(But) my kids worked really hard and we didn't work to finish fifth place. My kids will be mad going into next year. We don't want to finish down here again."
Senior Alicia Talucci concluded her career with a solid meet including a 9.850 on vault, a 9.775 on beam and a 9.80 on the floor.
"From where I started in the beginning of the year (as a freshman) and where I finished felt really good," said Talucci. "Here today as a senior, it's kind of bittersweet. I'm ready to move on, but I'm really going to miss it. I really had fun today and it was a good meet to end on."
The Panthers will wait to see if they will be invited as a team or individuals to the NCAA Regional Championship meet to be held April 7.