Oct. 9, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt gymnastics team and head coach Debbie Yohmanhave announced the release of their 2014 schedule on Wednesday.
"It's a very nice schedule for us, starting and ending with Kent," said Yohman. "We're excited to take the Blue-Gold to Ohio this year and although that is very early to be ready, it is an excellent opportunity to prepare the team for a strong start.
"You can see, in the majority of our schedule, a strong ACC presence - both home and away - because we set it up in anticipation of ACC participation," continued Yohman. "However, with Maryland leaving to join the Big 10 next year we (Pitt, UNC and NC State) have decided to remain in the EAGL. And right in mid-season we have a mini-EAGL meet at Maryland! (Pitt at Maryland w/ Towson, George Washington and Rutgers on Feb.9), which should be a good barometer of where everyone stands. I predict the EAGL will be a strong league this year, top to bottom. In addition, we have a unique competition down at West Virginia on Valentine's Day. They are hosting a Beauty & the Beast meet - WVU vs. Pitt gymnastics dual plus WVU vs. Clarion wrestling on the same floor at the same time! These events are done all over the country and always pack the venue. We are at Michigan State, which is always a close meet. They beat us in the Fieldhouse last year but we edged them out for an NCAA Regional berth. We look forward to starting early, starting strong and succeeding weekly."
Pitt's official season kicks off on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. as the Panthers welcome Towson to Fitzgerald Field House. In the preseason, Pitt will hold its Blue Gold exhibition meet against Kent on Dec. 6 on the road.
New Hampshire comes to town on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Pitt hosts NC State on Feb. 21 for East Atlantic Gymnastics League dual meets. A key tri-meet on March 7 will feature EAGL foes North Carolina and Maryland at 7 p.m. at home. Pitt wraps up its home schedule on March 15 against Kent State and Centenary at 7 p.m.
The Panthers' road schedule starts on Saturday, Jan. 18 with a trip to Michigan State. After returning home for the New Hampshire meet, Pitt goes back on the road for three weeks as they travel to North Carolina on Jan. 31, at Maryland with Towson and George Washington on Feb. 10 and a Valentine's Day matchup at West Virginia on Feb. 14.
Pitt's final road meet of the regular season will be at NC State with Maryland on Feb. 28. The Panthers will compete at the EAGL Championships, hosted by New Hampshire, on March 22 and the NCAA Regional Championships will be held on April 5. Host sites for regionals this year include: Minnesota, Georgia, Arkansas, LSU, Penn State and Washington.
Pitt is coming off possibly its most successful season in school history in 2013. The squad returns all but one of the competitors from last year's NCAA Regional team.