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Whirlwind Week Ahead for SUU Gymnastics

February 19, 2014
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University gymnastics will begin a stretch of three meets in seven days this Friday when the Thunderbirds face Brigham Young University in Provo. The week will continue when the teams meet in Cedar City on Monday night and will wrap up with SUU traveling to San Jose State next Friday.

The meeting with the Cougars will be the second of four times the teams will face each other on the competition floor this season. BYU already took the first meeting, the season opener for both schools at the University of Utah, where the Cougars notched a 194.550 to Southern Utah’s 192.025. The Thunderbirds have rebounded since that first meet and have scored a 195-plus in each of their past four competitions, including a season-high 195.700 at Denver on Feb. 8.

“We want to go into this meet and hit our routines and really just be relaxed out there,” head coach Scott Bauman said in regards to the weekend.

Fans can watch the meet live on BYUtv at 7:00 p.m. Friday night or follow along via a live stat link online at

Last Week

CEDAR CITY, Utah - SUU endured a late charge from the University of Denver on beam during the final rotation as an opening lead of more than eight-tenths narrowed to a 195.550-195.450 victory for the Thunderbirds at the end of the night. In addition to the team victory, Alyssa Click and Jamie Armijo tied for individual titles on the uneven bars.

Last time against BYU

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - SUU and BYU met in the 2014 season opener for both schools at the University of Utah where the Thunderbirds finished fourth (192.025) and the Cougars finished third with a 194.550.

Scouting BYU

BYU will enter the meet averaging a 194.663 which puts the Cougars (No. 28) just ahead of Southern Utah (No. 29) in the national standings.

Individually, BYU is led on vault by Eliane Kulczyk (9.833), on bars and floor by Raquel Willman Hatch (9.792, 9.804) and on beam by Ashley Follett (9.696). Sophomore Makenzie Johnson leads the team in the all-around, averaging a 39.055 on the season.

Consecutive Titles

SUU gymnasts have captured at least one individual title in each competition this season. Senior Alyssa Click leads the way with four.

Homecoming for Coach Louthan

SUU assistant coach Kari Louthan was an All-American for BYU, competing for the Cougars from 2002-05, and holds the school record on beam with a perfect 10.0.