March 19, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Numerous Pitt gymnasts will be honored on Friday at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship banquet, named this week to the first and second All-EAGL teams and the All-EAGL Scholastic team.
"We are very proud of these young women for all of their accomplishments, in the gym as well as in the classroom," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "They've worked hard all their lives and are now at the top of their athletic career, at a rigorous academic institution. The recognition is well deserved in both arenas and is what we bring them here hoping to accomplish."
The Panthers earned six All-EAGL first team honors including: Maebelle Pacheco (vault), Katie O'Rourke (beam and floor), Lindsay Offutt (beam and floor) and Brittney Harris (all-around). Additionally, Harris (vault and bars) and Laura Kummerle (beam) were named to the second team.
Pacheco, a sophomore competing in her first collegiate season, was Pitt's most consistent vaulter this year with a 9.830 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). Pacheco recorded two vault title wins and seven additional top five finishes in 2014.
O'Rourke and Offutt have been trading places all season when it comes to earning the beam and floor titles. The duo's consistency has landed them both on the first team for both events.
O'Rourke, who averaged a 9.825 RQS on beam and a 9.865 on floor, earned two titles on beam and four on the floor. Her top beam score this season was a 9.850 and her top floor score came last weekend in a 9.925.
Offutt averaged a 9.820 on the beam and a 9.840 on the floor to earn her spot on the first team. The sophomore claimed three beam titles in 2014 and four floor titles. She also hit her top floor score of the season last weekend with a 9.925 against Kent State and Centenary.
Harris rounds out Pitt's first team honorees, named to the all-around team. Harris' story this season is even more impressive considering that she had been unable to compete in the all-around since her freshman year due to injuries. Harris finished the regular season with a RQS of 38.780. Additionally, the senior was awarded second team honors on vault, averaging a 9.790, and bars with a 9.770.
Kummerle, Pitt's final awardee, garnered second team mention for her season-long performance on beam, averaging a 9.810 this season.
The Panthers also take pride in their strong academic contributions this year as 10 gymnasts were named to the scholastic team. Senior Kori Macdonald (bioengineering) earns a spot on the team for the fourth time while O'Rourke (media & professional communication) and Bri Hogan (rehabilitation science) make their third appearance on the team.
Making the All-EAGL Scholastic team for the second time are Haley Bodenheimer (media & professional communication), Haley Sedgewick (media & professional communication), Kummerle (rehabilitation science) and Offutt (political science). And first time honorees include: Ellie Pikula (criminal justice), Jacqueline Lucci (developmental psychology) and Erika Reichert (business).
Criteria for making the scholastic team is that a gymnast must be active on her school's roster as of January 1 and must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above after the 2013 calendar GPA is factored in. Freshmen are eligible with their Fall 2013 semester grades only.
Pitt is set to compete in the EAGL Championship on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m., hosted by the University of New Hampshire.
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