No. 13 Flippin’ Birds Break Floor Record, Top BYU Cougars
CEDAR CITY, Utah - The No. 13 SUU gymnastics team broke the team record on floor Friday night, which pushed the Flippin’ Birds past the Cougars of Brigham Young University 194.825-194.450.
The floor team scored a 49.550, surpassing the previous record of 49.525 that was set in 2002 at the WAC Championships.
The meet went right down to the final routines, and SUU went 9.925 (Stacie Webb), 9.950 (Autumn Jorgensen) and 9.925 (Madyson Blake-Howard) to close on the meet on floor. The Cougars were up half a point going into the final rotation, and the Thunderbirds were able to climb back and claim victory.
“Our floor team is amazing,” SUU head coach Scott Bauman said. “Jamie (Wysong) with the choreography, Jeff (Richards) does a great job with the tumbling and the adjustments in the lineups, and Adam (AhQuin) does an amazing with just overseeing floor with Jeff. But at the same time you’ve got to tip your hat to BYU, that’s tough to go to beam and hit your routines when our floor team is going out there and doing that.”
Bauman said he was happy with the win, but he was thrilled his team closed the way they did.
“I wanted the girls to leave this meet on a really good note,” he said.
For the second week in a row, Jorgensen tied the school record with her 9.950.
The Thunderbirds competed in front of over 3,000 on Friday night.
The Thunderbirds started the night on vault with a 48.950, and were led by Webb who scored a 9.850. Jorgensen and Megan McBride both hit a 9.800 for SUU.
The Thunderbirds struggled on bars, having to count two falls. However, Memory Shettles was able to score a 9.875 and Amber Heltemes was able to hit a 9.825 to lead the Thunderbirds.
On beam the Thunderbirds were led by senior Tyly Bozzuto, who scored a 9.825. Jorgensen hit a 9.800 on the event as well.
The Thunderbirds hit their stride on floor, as Blake-Howard set a new personal best, Webb tied her personal best and Jorgensen tied the school record once again.
For Blake-Howard this was her first floor routine of the year, as she replaced Danielle Ramirez in the lineup on Friday. Blake-Howard said she thinks tonight’s performance will help her in the upcoming meets.
“I think it was awesome for me to get the confidence to continue to do it consistently throughout the season,” she said.
Jorgensen credited her floor success to those around her in the lineup.
“I’m super excited,” she said. “Following Stacie (Webb) and her amazing floor routine makes me feel so confident, and you know that when you follow someone so good that your score is going to be good, so I’m really thankful for Stacie.”
When asked how much she wants to break the school record, Jorgensen responded “really bad.”
The Thunderbirds are now 2-1 in meets against Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference opponents.
The Thunderbirds will head out on the road next weekend, as they will be in Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines next Sunday.
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