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Nov. 2, 2011


Katie returns in 2012 for her sophomore season after having a successful rookie campaign for the Panthers. O’Rourke earned EAGL All-Tournament team honors last season on both vault and floor and concluded the year with five top-three finishes.

Hey Panther Fans!

In our eighth week of official practice, I couldn’t be more excited to be a Panther! The team is stronger than ever and with the way everyone is working hard, things are coming along great!

Over the weekend, we had a team get-together at Lisa’s (Taylor) house. We made sandwiches and each class carved a pumpkin, followed by laughs and good times.

As the weeks go by, practices start to get harder and more intense as we pull our full routines together. Monday, being Halloween, we all came to the gym dressed up in our costumes. The freshmen were nerds, the sophomores were Pitt super heroes, our only junior was an UNO card, and the senior class was a cheer squad. After warm-up we had a Halloween intersquad on bars, ghosts vs. goblins, and the bar squad rocked it with some great skills! We also had some high flying vaults, awesome beam routines and first attempts at floor routines with full tumbling passes. As we’ve been conditioning intensely, the team had each other’s back and we did a great job at this simulated full competition! It’s great to see everyone’s routines progressing so well this early in the preseason.

We have about a month left until our Blue Gold Intersquad and it’s against West Virginia! With the way this team is handling the challenges thrown at us, it’s sure to be an exciting meet!

Here at Pitt, we strive to only have big dreams and to achieve each one of them. It’s rewarding to be part of a team that shares the same goal. Everyone is putting in a tremendous amount of effort to make becoming EAGL champions come true – especially since we’ll be hosting the championship this year. Panther gymnastics is back on the prowl, and we’re hungry for a championship ring!

Another week is about to begin, and with the way this team is working, I can guarantee it to be another one full of hard work, focus and intensity. With the competition season just around the corner, stay tuned – we’re out to make 2012 the year of the Panther and show everyone just what we’re made of!

Hail to Pitt!


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