Pitt Meet Notes
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh women’s gymnastics team will head to Washington, DC to take on George Washington, Iowa, Maryland and William & Mary in a five-team meet Friday.
The Panthers hope for a better showing this time around, after coming in third in a quad meet last week in Cary, N.C. Things are set to get underway at 7 p.m. in the nation’s capital.
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The University of Pittsburgh’s women’s gymnastics team will make the trip to Washington, DC, for their first five-team meet of the season, squaring off with host George Washington, as well as Iowa, Maryland and William & Mary.
The Panthers (5-6, 0-4 EAGL) have the opportunity to get above .500 as well as earn their first win in the EAGL. In their last meet, senior Tracey Pearson was the lone Panther to win an individual title. With a score of 9.875 on vault, she earned her third-straight title on the apparatus.
SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON
The 20th-ranked Colonials (12-2) are set to host the competition after placing third in their last meet, a quad meet hosted by Missouri, where they put up a team score of 194.350.
The Colonials best event of the night was the balance beam, where they placed six gymnasts in the top 10. The highest finishers in the event for George Washington were juniors Jillian Winstanley and Liz Pfeiler, who both put up scores of 9.825, good for a third place tie.
The 22nd-ranked Hawkeyes (7-3) come into the competition after recording a first-place finish in a tri-meet against Illinois and Illinois-Chicago. Iowa won the meet by putting up a team score of 196.475.
Three gymnasts for the Hawkeyes finished on top in the individual events, with Rose Piorkowski taking first on the vault with a score of 9.875, Charlotte Sullivan winning the bars with a score of 9.850 and Angel Metcalf finishing on top on the beam, with a score of 9.925.
SCOUTING WILLIAM & MARY
The Tribe (1-8) head into the meet after placing fourth in a quad meet at NC State, in which Pitt also competed. Despite their fourth-place finish, they posted a season-high 193.025 team score.
In last week’s meet, the Tribe gymnasts were able to post their best scores of the season on the uneven bars with a 48.700, and on the floor, where they scored 48.550. Freshman Caroline Caponi led the way for the team, as she placed second in the all-around with 38.925, her career-best.
The Terrapins (4-6) come into the meet fresh off of a top finish in a quad-meet hosted by Rutgers. Maryland posted a team score of 195.050, leading to a convincing victory.
In the meet at Rutgers, senior Sarah Faller put up a score of 9.825 on the vault, good enough for a first-place tie. The Terrapins had another tie for first, as freshman Alecia Farina tied for first on bars with a score of 9.800. Their final first place finish was on the floor, where senior Emily Brauckmuller posted a score of 9.875.
SERIES WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON
This will be the 28th all-time meeting between the two squads in a series dating back to the 1991 season. Pitt holds a 16-11-0 advantage over the Colonials.
The two teams last met at the 2016 EAGL Championships at Fitzgerald Field House, as the Panthers walked away with their first-ever conference title, besting George Washington by a score of 195.675-195.350.
SERIES WITH IOWA
This will be the second meeting between the two programs in a series dating back to the 2013 season. In the only other meeting between the Panthers and the Hawkeyes, Iowa walked away with a 195.325-193.575 decision.
SERIES WITH WILLIAM & MARY
This will be the 21st all-time meeting between the two squads in a series dating back to the 1979 season. Pitt holds a 12-8-0 advantage over William & Mary and are winners of eight straight, dating back to 1996, including a win in last week’s quad at NC State.
The two teams last meet on Feb. 10, 2016 when Pitt placed third in a quad-meet at NC State with a score of 194.075, as William & Mary would place fourth with a season-best score of 193.025.
SERIES WITH MARYLAND
This will be the 56th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series dating back to the 1979 season. Maryland holds a 35-20-0 all-time advantage over the Panthers and are winners of four straight, dating back to the 2014 season.
The two teams last met on March 6, 2016 in Maryland as the Terapins defeated the Panthers by a mark of 194.700-193.475.
PEARSON NAMED EAGL SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
After winning her third consecutive vault title with a 9.875 in a quad-meet with NC State, UNC and William & Mary, senior Tracey Pearson was named the EAGL Specialist of the Week. Pearson’s score was good for first place as the senior ranks second in the region on vault.
In addition to her performance on vault, Pearson also tied for fifth on floor with a score of 9.850, her third-straight performance with a 9.800 or higher. She added a 9.625 on bars for the Panthers as well.
Pitt will wrap up a four-meet road swing on Feb. 25, traveling to Penn State for a dual with the rival Nittany Lions. The Panthers will then return to Fitzgerald Field House for the final time in the 2017 season, hosting West Virginia, Michigan State and Towson on Senior Night.
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