Gymnastics competes at NCAA regional competition


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Senior Taylor Laymon tied with sophomore Lucy Jones for ninth on bars with a score of 9.850 at the NCAA Regional Championship Saturday. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

The Pitt gymnastics team competed in the NCAA Regional Championship in the St. John Arena at Ohio State University Saturday, placing fifth overall out of six teams and finishing with a score of 195.125.

This season — Samantha Snider’s first year as head coach — was the first time since 2013 that the team made the regional competition.

On the vault, Pitt scored a 48.950, fifth-best at the competition. The top performer for the Panthers was sophomore Deven Herbine, who notched a 9.850 — good enough to tie for eighth overall. Junior Kensleigh Owens came up next best for the Panthers, tied for 19th and scored a 9.800. Both senior Catie Conrad and first-year Haley Brechwald scored a 9.775 and tied for 24th.

The beam was the weakest event for Pitt, finishing last overall with a 48.075. Conrad scored a 9.750, which tied her for 24th, and sophomore Lucy Jones finished tied for 30th at 9.725.

Pitt performed much better on floor, scoring a 48.975 for fifth place. Brechwald led the Panthers with a score of 9.875, giving her the tie for eighth place. Owens and junior Charli Spivey tied for 24th, scoring a 9.800, and Alecia Petrikis, Sophie Bochenek and Conrad scored a 9.750 to tie for 35th place.

The best event for the Panthers was the bars, where they scored a 49.125, good enough for fifth place at the regional.

Senior Taylor Laymon and Jones led Pitt with scores of 9.850 and tied for ninth. Following them were sophomore Lucy Brett and Conrad, who scored 9.800 and tied for 24th place.

Brechwald and Conrad participated in All-Around for the Panthers. Conrad performed best on the day, ending up in ninth place with a 39.075, while Brechwald finished last in 12th place at a 38.625.

With the end of the regional, the gymnastics team concluded its season. The team went 7-18 overall and 3-3 in the EAGL. With the end of the regional, the gymnastics team concluded its season. The team went 7-18 overall and 3-3 in the EAGL as the squad set school records on overall balance beam and uneven bars.

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