PROVO, Utah - Southern Utah University gymnastics scored a season-high 196.125 in a third-place finish at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships on Saturday afternoon. The Thunderbirds were the only team at the championships to score a 49-plus on each event en route to its first 196-plus mark this season.
Southern Utah scored back-to-back 49.025's to start the meet as the T-birds opened on floor and vault. Memory Shettles and Carly Sigler led the way for SUU on floor, scoring matching 9.850's and were followed closely by Brittney Jensen with a season-high 9.825. Ana Jaworski and Natalie Trejo rounded out the team score on floor with a 9.775 and 9.725, respectively.
Shettles began the rotation on vault for Southern Utah and fell on her landing, but the Thunderbirds finished the lineup 5-for-5 with freshmen Danielle Ramirez and Virginia Brownsell leading the way with a pair of 9.850's. Rochelle Bernier followed with a 9.800 and Jensen and Bozzuto punctuated the team score with a 9.775 and 9.750, respectively.
Southern Utah scored its third consecutive team mark of 49.000 or higher with a 49.050 on bars as all five scoring gymnasts tallied a 9.800 or higher. Bernier and Jamie Armijo led the way with a 9.825 and they were followed by a trio of 9.800's from Ramirez, Click and Bozzuto.
The Thunderbirds finished the meet on beam and earned a pair of all-conference citations as Bozzuto took home first-team honors with a career-high 9.900 and Trejo picked up second-team honors with a career-high 9.850 as the duo led the team to a 49.025 on the event. Shettles and Ramirez were close behind with 9.800's and Click rounded out the team score with a 9.675.
Bozzuto narrowly missed her career high in the all-around by .025, finishing with a 39.050 after setting new career highs on vault, bars and beam. Shettles wrapped up the all-around with a 38.500.
The University of Denver ultimately took the team title with a 196.925 after recovering from a poor first rotation where the Pioneers scored a 48.850 on bars to finish with a 49.400 on floor and a school-record 49.475 on vault. Boise State finished second with a 196.900, BYU fourth with a 196.100 and Utah State fifth with a 196.075.
Following the meet, Shettles was honored as the 2014 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Co-Freshman of the Year, sharing the honor with Boise State's Diana Mejia.
All five Mountain Rim schools will now wait for regional assignments set to be announced live on www.ncaa.com on Monday at 1:00 p.m. (MT).