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No. 18 Flippin’ Birds Ready For Regional Competition

March 29, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - The No. 18 Flippin’ Birds will continue their season on April 1st in Morgantown, West Virginia, in NCAA Regional Competition. The top two teams from the Regional will advance to the NCAA National Championships.

This is the fifth consecutive trip the Thunderbirds have made to Regionals as a team, and have sent individuals to Nationals the past two seasons.

“They’ve been here, they’ve done this already,” SUU head coach Scotty Bauman said about the team and the experience they’ve gained the last four years. “They’ve come very close before and the senior group knows what it’s like to be in this meet so they should all be pretty calm, and they should help the younger ones be prepared for it. I’m going into this meet feeling very confident where they’re at mentally, physically, and confidence wise. They know how good they are and they know they can do this.”  

MRGC Championships Recap

The Thunderbirds wrapped up competition at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships in third place, scoring a 196.075.

The T-Birds came alive during their fourth rotation on floor, as Autumn Jorgensen, Stacie Webb and Madyson Blake-Howard all scored a 9.900. As a team the Thunderbirds scored a 49.375 on floor.  

Webb also hit a 9.900 on beam.

Boise State ended up claiming the team title, followed by Utah State. Brigham Young University finished fourth.

Regional Preview

The Thunderbirds will be competing against No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Michigan, No. 20 George Washington, No. 23 West Virginia (host) and No. 31 Kent State.

The No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide are the top seed in the Morgantown Regional, with an RQS (Regional Qualifying Score) of 197.355. They scored their top score of the season on February 3rd, when they hit a 197.825 in a home meet against the Florida Gators. Alabama is the third-ranked team in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). The Crimson Tide also have one of the top all-arounders in the entire country in Kiana Winston. Winston’s all-around RQS is fourth nationally at 39.560.   

The Flippin’ Birds and No. 7 Michigan squared off earlier this season in Ann Arbor, which resulted in the Wolverines hitting their highest score of the year at 197.825. That mark was also the second highest in school history for Michigan. The Thunderbirds scored their highest road score in school history at the same meet, hitting a 196.600. Michigan’s Nicole Artz is the No. 13 all-arounder in the country, with an RQS 39.410.

No. 20 George Washington currently sits with an RQS of 196.340. They were the top team in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League this season, ahead of New Hampshire and North Carolina.  

The host No. 23 West Virginia is sitting with a 195.920. No. 31 Kent State was the sixth team in the field, with an RQS of 195.720.   

The Thunderbirds will start the meet on a BYE before heading to floor, meaning they will wrap the event up on beam.

The top two teams at the NCAA Regional will move on to the NCAA National Championships in St. Louis. The top-two all-arounders from a non-qualifying school and event champions from non-qualifying schools also earn invites to Nationals.

Ranking

Preseason: No. 26

Week 1: N/A (Had not competed)

Week 2: N/A (Had not competed)

Week 3: No. 9

Week 4: No. 11

Week 5: No. 20

Week 6: No. 13

Week 7: N/A (No RQS)

Week 8: No. 21

Week 9: No. 21

Week 10: No. 19

Week 11: No. 18

MRGC Athletes of the Week

Week 3

Co-Beam Specialist of the Week: Tyly Bozzuto, Autumn Jorgensen, Danielle Ramirez and Stacie Webb

Week 4

Gymnast of the Week: Danielle Ramirez

Co-Vault Specialist of the Week: Danielle Ramirez

Week 5

Co-Vault Specialist of the Week: Madison McBride

Week 6

Co-Gymnast of the Week: Danielle Ramirez

Floor Specialist of the Week: Autumn Jorgensen

Week 7

Floor Specialist of the Week: Autumn Jorgensen

Week 8

Vault Specialists of the Week: Tyly Bozzuto and Virginia Brownsell

Week 9

Vault Specialist of the Week: Tyly Bozzuto

Week 10

Beam Specialist of the Week: Stacie Webb

MRGC Awarrds

Vault First Team

Virginia Brownsell

Bars Second Team

Becky Rozsa

Beam First Team

Stacie Webb

Floor First Team

Autumn Jorgensen, Stacie Webb & Madyson Blake-Howard

Meet Time

West Virginia’s NCAA Regional is scheduled for 2 p.m. (Mountain Time) on April 1st.

Stay Up To Date  

A link to a livestream and live stats will both be available on www.wvusports.com prior to the start of the meet. Links to both will also be available on www.suutbirds.com prior to start time.

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