Oct. 24, 2011
Pitt senior Alicia Talucci is one of the Panthers' most decorated gymnasts in recent memory. As a media and professional communications major, Alicia is currently interning in the Pitt media relations office and looking forward to her best season yet.
Hey Panther Fans! We have a lot of exciting things going on in the gym right now. We’re into our seventh week of official practice, and we have some great routines coming together.
Vault is continuing to improve every day. We have some great vaulting potential and are fully capable of having a full line-up of 10.0 start value vaults this year. Sophomore, Britt Harris is back in the line-up with a huge Yurchenko full. Freshman, Haley Sedgewick has the most unique vault on the team. She vaults a Yurchenko full-on pike off.
On bars, we have some of the cleanest routines I’ve seen in my time here at Pitt. The bar line-up has been doing full sets for a couple weeks now, and they are continuing to look better and better. Senior Amy Varela worked hard all summer keeping up with half routines and now full sets are a breeze for her. Junior Alyssa Adrian has some of the cleanest form on the team and her dismount gets better every day after suffering an ankle injury over the summer. Sophomore Maya Ketner has added a new transition on bars to make her routine shorter and more exciting to watch.
Beam continues to be the event with the most depth for us. We recently had a beam intersquad in which three-fourths of us competed in it. Sophomore, Katie O’Rourke continues to make her high level skills look easy, and has added a couple new skills. Freshman, Haley Bodenheimer shows her competitive intensity during intersquads by performing flawlessly.
Floor is definitely the most exciting for our team and I think will be a fan favorite this season. Almost everyone has new floor routines that are real crowd pleasers. In addition to snazzy new choreography, the tumbling upgrades are amazing. The tumbling passes this year are at such a higher level than last year. Our routines have much more difficulty as a squad than ever before. Multiple gymnasts have added front double fulls into their routine, in addition to their other high level passes.
We have a new mentality on the team this year. Our team motto is “Steel City Strong.” The inspiration came from the city of Pittsburgh and how people from Pittsburgh are known as hard workers, get it done no matter what kind of people. That is exactly what we are going to do this year: work hard and get it done no matter what.
We are on a mission. We’re hosting EAGLs this year, and we want that championship ring. It’s going to be an exciting year! You don’t want to be the one to miss it!
Hail to Pitt!