Flippin’ Birds Set Highest Road Score Ever Against No. 9 Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Flippin’ Birds were out on the road Sunday afternoon to face off against the No. 9 Michigan Wolverines, and were able to set the third-highest score in school history and their highest road score ever with a 196.600. Not to be outdone, Michigan tied their second-highest score ever with a 197.825 to pull out the victory.
In the span of three weeks the Thunderbirds have scored the three highest scores in the history of the program.
“I thought the girls did an amazing job, I’m really proud of them,” SUU head coach Scott Bauman said. “But we have a lot of room for improvement still. That’s a great road score, we’re going to walk away from that happy that everyone’s still in one piece and we didn’t count a fall or any major mistakes. They did a great job.”
The Thunderbirds started the afternoon on bars, where they were led by Kirsten Yee and Madison McBride, who both scored a 9.875. Becky Rozsa matched her career high with a 9.850 to put up the third highest score for SUU.
The Flippin’ Birds kept the momentum going on vault, where they were led by Virginia Brownsell and Tyly Bozzuto both putting up a 9.875. For Bozzuto that set a new career high and for Brownsell it matched it. Megan McBride set a new career high on vault as well with a 9.825.
When the Thunderbirds moved to floor Bozzuto and Stacie Webb led the way with a 9.875. For Bozzuto this matched her career high. Brownsell, Autumn Jorgensen and Madyson Blake-Howard all scored a 9.850 to bring SUU’s team total to 49.300.
SUU was also very solid on beam, where Bozzuto led the way once again with a 9.875. Kamryn Bayer scored a 9.825 to set the second highest score for the Thunderbirds.
Bauman said he was thrilled to see the senior Bozzuto have such a big meet.
“Tyly Bozzuto was on fire,” Bauman said. “She went 9.875 on all three events, that’s incredible gymnastics. She broke her personal record on vault, and that was an amazing vault. And I’m not going to lie, we needed that vault in that moment because we were going to pull her on vault and not give her a shot, but since we needed her she was really good when she went out and did that.”
Michigan put on quite a show for their home fans, winning three of the four event championships with a 9.950 and the fourth with a 9.900. Olivia Karas scored a 39.600 in the all-around to lead the way for the Wolverines, and Nicole Artz scored a 39.575.
“Michigan looked amazing,” Bauman said about the opposition. “They hit everything they did too, I can’t take anything away from their performance, they looked awesome. They’re like we are, they’re extraordinarily tough at home and you just have to walk in there not worried about your opponent, and it was really good to see our girls do that.”
The Thunderbirds will be home this upcoming Friday for Senior Night, when they will host the Wolfpack of North Carolina State. Southern Utah and NC State have already squared off this season, with SUU coming out on top.
Bauman said with a week that could be full of emotion, he just wants the gymnasts to stay the course.
“The most important things I want to see out of the girls is to just continue to relax, trust their gymnastics and trust their training,” he said.For all things SUU Gymnastics follow @suugymnastics on Twitter and Instagram and like the SUU Gymnastics page on Facebook.