Tyly Bozzuto scored a career-high 39.075 for the all-around title
Deb Hill

SUU Gymnastics Picks Up Three Individual Titles in Defeat

March 14, 2014
By SUU Strategic Communication

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LOGAN, Utah - Southern Utah University gymnastics captured three individual titles, but fell to Utah State on Friday night as the Aggies scored a season-high 196.000 to the Thunderbirds' 195.550.

SUU suffered falls on each of the first three rotations, but did not have to count the miscues as the other five gymnasts in the lineup hit their respective routines. The Thunderbirds opened the night on bars, scoring a 48.950 and were led by Alyssa Click with a first-place mark of 9.875. Danielle Ramirez led off the rotation with a 9.825 and then Memory Shettles and Tyly Bozzuto anchored the lineup with matching 9.800's in the fifth and sixth spot. Ana Jaworski's 9.650 rounded out the team score for the Thunderbirds.

Utah State finished its first rotation with a 49.125 on vault to take a narrow advantage from the start.

Southern Utah was led on vault by Ramirez and Shettles as the freshmen duo each scored a 9.825 during the second rotation. They were followed by a 9.725 from Brittney Jensen and matching 9.700's from Rochelle Bernier and Bozzuto as the T-Birds finished with a 48.775.

The result widened the gap between the two schools as Utah State tallied a 48.925 on bars to take a 98.050-97.725 lead.

The Thunderbirds started strong on floor in the third rotation, scoring back-to-back 9.800's on routines from Bozzuto and Natalie Trejo. Carly Sigler followed and was just off the pace with a 9.775. Stacie Webb suffered a fall on the next routine, but the T-Birds came right back and picked up another 9.800 from Jaworski and wrapped up the floor exercise with a 9.600 from Shettles.

The finish gave SUU a 48.775 on the event, but didn't make up any ground on the Aggies as Utah State finished with a 48.875 on beam to take a 146.925-146.500 lead.

Southern Utah had its best showing of the night during its final rotation, scoring a 49.050 on the balance beam in a strong, late charge. Click and Jaworski led the way with 9.850's, sharing the individual title, and were followed closely by Ramirez with a 9.825 in her first action on beam since the first meet of the year. Bozzuto finished her night with a 9.775 on beam to record a 39.075 in the all-around to take that title in her first career all-around performance. Webb and Shettles put up matching 9.750's, giving the Thunderbirds their first 6-of-6 rotation of the night.

Utah State was able to handle the late push and scored a 49.075 on floor en route to the season-high 196.000, marking the first time since 2004 that the Aggies eclipsed the 196 plateau.

The two teams will meet again at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship in Provo, Utah on March 22. The championship meet will be shown live on BYUtv beginning at 1:00 p.m.