Dec. 10, 2011
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics team's first taste of competition came Saturday afternoon at Fitzgerald Field House against West Virginia in the Blue-Gold exhibition meet.
While no team scores were kept, the Panthers showed great promise for the upcoming 2012 season with not only solid performances from the squad's veterans, but it's newcomers as well.
On vault, senior Alicia Talucciand sophomore Brittney Harris were Pitt's top performers. Talucci's mark was good enough for the top spot in the meet and Harris finished third.
Pitt underclassmen ruled the uneven bars as sophomore Maya Ketner tied for first and freshman Haley Bodenheimer scored the second-highest score of the afternoon. Rounding out the top five was senior Amy Varelain fourth and Harris in fifth.
In the third rotation for the Panthers, on beam senior Lisa Taylor registered Pitt's top score of the day and finished third overall. Sophomore Alexa Riechrounded out the top six in her first competition as a Panther.
Pitt's floor routines impressed the judges as four gymnasts recorded the top two scores including Talucci and Bodenheimer tying for first. Ketner and Harris tied for third along with two Mountaineers. In the all-around, Harris took second with her solid performances across the board.
The Panthers begin the regular season on Jan. 13 at Maryland in a dual meet with the Terrapins. Pitt returns home for their home-opener on Jan. 27 against Ohio State at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House.