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Flippin’ Birds Start Season With A Big Victory Against Stanford

January 20, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - The Thunderbird gymnastics team outscored the Stanford Cardinal on Friday night inside the Centrum Arena 196.150-194.150, topping their Pac-12 foe in front of 4,102 fans. SUU’s 196.150 is the highest score the team has hit in an opening meet in the history of the program.

SUU head coach Scott Bauman said he was very impressed with what his team brought to the table in just their first meet of the year.

“We’ve been telling everybody all year long we have a great team, and I typically don’t do that,” he said. “I’m a little bit more reserved when it comes to forecasting what our team can do, and anything can happen on any given night, but this team is really good.”

SUU’s Danielle Ramirez said the team was anxious to compete considering they were a little bit behind the rest of the country in competitions, but she was happy with the way they were able to come out and perform.

“I think it was definitely worth it because we had those extra weeks to adjust, especially with the inner squad we had last week, since it was kind of like a meet,” she said.

SUU started hot on vault, with senior Stacie Webb and freshman Madison McBride both scoring a 9.850. As a team the Thunderbirds hit a 49.075 on the event.

As the Flippin’ Birds moved to bars freshman Becky Rozsa set the high score with a 9.850. SUU’s 48.850 on bars was the only event score that dipped under 49.

SUU’s high event score of the night came on beam, where four gymnasts hit a 9.875. Webb, Ramirez, Tyly Bozzuto and Autumn Jorgensen all hit the mark to lead the Thunderbirds to a 49.200 as a team on beam. All four of those gymnasts shared the event champion title.

“We work really hard for those scores, and I think we really deserve them,” Jorgensen said. “Our beam team is awesome, we have a great coach and great team unity.”

When the T-Birds moved to floor Webb once again led the way with a 9.875, claiming another event championship on the evening. Jorgensen and Ramirez both hit 9.825 for SUU to finish second on the team.

Elizabeth Price had a big meet for the Cardinal, as she was the event champion on both vault (9.875) and bars (9.900). As a team Stanford hit a 49.025 on vault, which was their highest event score of the night.

Ramirez had the top all-around score of the night, scoring a 39.200. Danielle McNair also completed the all-around for Stanford, scoring a 39.000.

Next up for the Thunderbirds will be a trip to NC State next Friday, in a meet that is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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