Flippin’ Birds Finish Third At MRGC Championships
LOGAN, Utah - The No. 19 Flippin’ Birds competed at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships on Saturday night, and finished in third place at the meet with a 196.075.
No. 11 Boise State claimed the title with a 197.050, followed by the meet host No. 23 Utah State who scored a 196.100.
“We were not landing our landings crisply, and right now I think that’s the difference between Boise State and us,” SUU head coach Scotty Bauman said. “They have mastered that, and we’re still trying to find those. Every now and again our team hits them, and then every now and again we don’t. And this was that night where we just didn't’ do it, except on floor where I thought our landings were beautiful.”
The Flippin’ Birds started the night on vault, where they were led by senior Virginia Brownsell who scored a 9.800. Autumn Jorgensen, Madison McBride and Tyly Bozzuto all scored a 9.750 for the T-Birds on the event.
Freshman Becky Rozsa was SUU’s driving force on bars, scoring a 9.850. That mark tied her career high. Memory Shettles wasn’t too far behind with a 9.825, and neither was Kirsten Yee who hit a 9.800.
Stacie Webb stayed hot on beam, scoring a 9.900 on Saturday night. She tied for the top spot at the meet on beam, claiming a Co-Conference Champion title. Karen Gonzalez scored a career-high 9.800 and Jorgensen matched with a 9.800 of her own.
The Thunderbirds came alive when they moved to floor. Madyson Blake-Howard, Webb and Jorgensen all scored a 9.900 to push the Thunderbirds to a team score of 49.375 on the event. All three of them earned the title of Co-Conference Champion. Bozzuto hit a 9.850 and Gonzalez scored a 9.825.
“No matter what warmups or anything is like, they can go out and do a great job on floor,” Bauman said about his floor unit. “They’re clean, they’re crisp and they have great energy. It’s a great floor team to watch.”
Webb said the floor exercise was the highlight of the night.
“It’s so much fun, especially knowing that when you see the first 9.900 score come up and you know the next four girls are going to do that to,” she said.
The Thunderbirds will now wait to hear which NCAA Regional site they will be competing at. The NCAA Gymnastics Selection Show will take place on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. (MDT).
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First Team: Virginia Brownsell,
Second Team: Becky Rozsa
Co-Conference Champion/First Team: Stacie Webb
FloorCo-Conference Champion/First Team: Autumn Jorgensen, Stacie Webb, Madyson Blake-Howard