April 6, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
The Pitt gymnastics team recorded a 194.775 on Saturday night at the NCAA Regional in front of a crowd of 7,137 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida.
“What a nice way to end our season,” said head coach Debbie Yohman. “We had a rough start on beam, but we moved on from there and had a good vault and bars. This is a great start to next year and I’m so proud of our girls. Maya (Ketner) has had such a great year. And, Lindsay Offutt, what a competitor. She has a stress fracture in her leg and wore a boot all week. We kept her off of it and she did enough to keep in shape and she nailed her floor and beam routines. I can’t say enough about her effort.”
Senior all-arounder Alyssa Adrian was a tie-breaker from advancing as an individual to the NCAA Championship meet as the top two all-arounders from a team not advancing, move on to nationals. Adrian (39.275) tied for that second spot, but the other gymnast recorded a higher score on an event, thus advancing. Florida (198.325) and Minnesota (197.100) will move on to UCLA for the championship meet in two weeks.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Alyssa,” Yohman said. “She scored her career high on the all-around and it was a nice way to finish her career. It is sad she didn’t begin competing in the all-around earlier in her career, but as she says ‘it is a perfect ending to a senior season.’”
Pitt assistant coaches Mike Rowe and Terry Karwoski were recognized at the conclusion of the meet as the Co-Northeast Region Assistant Coaches of the year.
“I am so proud of my assistants, Mike and Terry,” Yohman said. “The girls competed, but Mike and Terry, and our volunteer coach Kiah Banfield, are invaluable. They work very, very hard and I couldn’t ask for more.”
Pitt started off the night on the balance beam with freshman Laura Kummerle leading the way with a 9.750 and a 12th place finish overall. The rookie was followed closely by senior Alyssa Adrian, who recorded a 9.725. Freshman Lindsay Offutt and junior Katie O’Rourke each tallied a 9.70 and the team finished with a 48.200. Following the beam, Pitt had their first of two byes on the night.
The Panthers were consistent on the floor exercise scoring a team mark of 48.900. Adrian again had a strong performance on floor and earned a tie for 14th, leading the team with a 9.825. Three Pitt gymnasts scored a 9.775 including O’Rourke, Offutt and sophomore Haley Sedgewick.
Adrian and freshman Lisa Soto paced the Panthers on vault, each scoring a 9.850 on the event, to lead Pitt to a 48.800 team score. Pitt received scores of 9.70 from the trio of Nicole Pearson, Kori Macdonald and Ketner. The Panthers would sit through a bye in the rotation before moving on to bars, their final event of the night.
Pitt concluded the night on bars with a 48.875 team score, led again by Adrian with a 9.875 and a tie for sixth overall. Ketner followed up Adrian with a 9.80 and Soto scored a 9.775 to finish out her freshman season.
The Panthers conclude one of their most successful seasons in history. Returning to the team in 2014 will be all but one of this year’s NCAA Regional competitors.