Courtesy: SUU Publications
DENVER, Colo. - Southern Utah University continued to improve upon its season high, scoring a 195.700 to finish second at the University of Denver on Saturday night. The mark included three season highs on vault, bars and beam as the Thunderbirds finished behind Denver (196.050) and ahead of North Carolina State (194.250).
SUU opened on bars and were led by a trio of 9.800-plus scores, headlined by Alyssa Click's 9.850. She was followed by a pair of season-high 9.800's from Rochelle Bernier and Danielle Ramirez with the trio finishing tied for third and sixth, respectively. Jamie Armijo and Memory Shettles rounded out the season-high team score of 48.925 with a 9.750 and 9.725, respectively.
Denver led the meet after the first rotation, scoring a 49.100 on vault and NC State was in third after a 48.150 on beam, where the Wolfpack had to count a fall.
Southern Utah moved to beam and captured its only individual title on the night as Shettles scored a season-high tying 9.850 to win the event. The rest of the Thunderbirds' season-high 48.875 came from two 9.775's from Stacie Webb and Ana Jaworski, a 9.750 from Click and a 9.725 from Natalie Trejo.
Denver increased its lead following a 49.175 on bars during the second rotation to bring its total to 98.275. NCSU stayed in third with a 97.075 after a 48.925 on floor.
The Thunderbirds tallied their lowest team score of the night on floor, a 48.775, despite a pair of 9.800's from Shettles and Carly Sigler. The duo led the team on the event and were trailed by Jaworski with a 9.775, Brittney Jensen with a 9.725 and Tyly Bozzuto with a 9.675.
Denver maintained a cushion after the third rotation, scoring a 48.625 on beam, also its lowest mark of the night, for a 146.900. NC State finished with a 49.150 on vault, remaining in third with a 146.225 to Southern Utah's 146.575.
Southern Utah punctuated its night with an exclamation point, recording a season-high 49.125 on vault and notching its highest team score of the year. Four Thunderbirds scored a 9.800 or higher on the event led by Ramirez with a 9.875 which put the freshman in second-place overall. She was followed by Bernier (9.850), Virginia Brownsell (9.825) and Sigler with a career-high 9.800. Shettles was just off the pace with a 9.775 to wrap up her night with a 39.150 in the all-around, marking the highest all-around total for the Thunderbirds this season.
Denver held off the Thunderbird charge, scoring a 49.150 on floor to finish the night with a 196.050. North Carolina State faltered down the stretch, having to count two falls on bars (48.025) to finish with a 194.250.
Denver's Moriah Martin ultimately took the all-around title with a 39.450, followed by teammate Nina McGee with a 39.375 and North Carolina State's Brittni Watkins with a 39.350.
Southern Utah and Denver will have a rematch of the meet next week when the Pioneers travel to Cedar City on February 14. The competition in the Centrum Arena is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with live stat and live video links available online at www.suutbirds.com.
Fri. Feb. 28
@ San Jose State
(W) 195.925 -195.775
Mon. Feb. 24
vs. Brigham Young
(W) 195.600 -195.525
Fri. Feb. 21
@ Brigham Young
(W) 195.500 -195.375
Fri. Feb. 14
(W) 195.550 -195.450
Sat. Feb. 8
@ Denver w/ NC State
() 2nd, 195.700
Fri. Jan. 31
vs. Boise State
(W) 195.450 -195.250
Fri. Mar. 14
@ Utah State
Sat. Mar. 22
@ Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship
Sat. Apr. 5
vs. NCAA Regionals