Kyle Kester

Thunderbirds Host Sacramento State on Friday Night

February 13, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University gymnastics will continue its season this weekend, hosting Sacramento State in what will be the third consecutive conference meet in as many weeks for the Thunderbirds.

“Sacramento State has some great athletes and are a tough team,” head coach Scott Bauman said. “If both teams go out and hit, it will make for a very close meet.”

SUU split its last two WAC contests with a victory over Utah State (195.425 - 194.200) and a loss (196.400 - 195.475)against the University of Denver last weekend. Despite the setback, Southern Utah has continued to build during the year with season-best marks in back-to-back meets.

The success has included four individual titles for the T-Birds, including back-to-back titles on the floor exercise for Michaela Chernoch behind season-bests of 9.875 in each meet. Fellow senior Caitlin Kennedy secured the beam title against Utah State with a 9.850 with sophomore Rochelle Bernier earning the vault title against the Aggies with a 9.875.

Fans can follow the meet online with live stat and live video links anticipated to be available at For tickets, contact the Centrum ticket box office at 435-586-7872 or online at

Scouting Sacramento State

Sacramento State will enter the contest having lost its last two meets, including a loss against San Jose State and a defeat in a quad meet with UCLA, Washington and UC Davis. The Hornets are averaging a 193.225 with a 48.683 average on vault, 48.363 average on bars, 47.781 average on beam and a 48.444 average on floor.

Individually, CSUS is led on vault, beam and floor by Kalliah McCartney, a three-time WAC gymnast of the week this season, with averages of 9.794, 9.813 and 9.781, respectively. Nicole Meiller leads the Hornets on bars with a 9.808 average.

Last Time Against Sacramento State

Southern Utah University faced Sacramento State at the 2012 WAC Championships, finishing second to the Hornets (195.675) with a team score of a 195.025. SUU leads the all-time series with a 16-8 advantage.

Last Week

Southern Utah University scored a season-best 195.475 in a loss to Denver last weekend. Senior Michaela Chernoch captured an individual title on floor with a season-best 9.875.

Breast Cancer Awareness Meet

Friday’s meet will be SUU Gymnastics’ annual “Breast Cancer Awareness” Meet with donations earmarked for Unite for HER, a non-profit organization that focuses on athletes, judges and coaches battling breast cancer within the sport of gymnastics.

Vancouver Connection

Southern Utah’s Alyssa Click and Sacramento State’s Kalliah McCartney are both from Vancouver, Wash. and trained at the same gym (MAC).