No. 21 Flippin’ Birds Top No. 23 Aggies In Logan
By SUU Strategic Communication
LOGAN, Utah - The Thunderbird gymnastics team was able to top Mountain Rim Gymnastic Conference opponent Utah State University on Friday night, as the Flippin’ Birds topped the Aggies 195.675-194.600.
The Thunderbirds started the night on bars, where they were led by Tyly Bozzuto who scored a 9.875. Kirsten Yee put up a 9.875 and Amber Heltemes was given a 9.800 for her routine. This was the first time all season that Bozzuto competed on bars for the Thunderbirds.
On vault the Thunderbirds were led by Stacie Webb, who scored a 9.850. Madison and Megan McBride were not too far behind, as they both scored a 9.825.
The Thunderbirds really hit their momentum when they moved to floor. Autumn Jorgensen and Madyson Blake-Howard both led the way for the Thunderbirds scoring a 9.875. Virginia Brownsell scored a 9.850, and Bozzuto and Webb both hit a 9.825 to round out SUU’s team floor score.
“We went to floor and looked so good, we looked amazing,” SUU head coach Scotty Bauman said about the rotation.
On beam Yee and Bozzuto led the way for SUU. They both scored a 9.875, which matched a career high for Yee and matched a season high for Bozzuto.
The senior Bozzuto had a career night, setting a new high in the all-around with a 39.375.
“Tyly Bozzuto the last three meets has been completely on fire,” Bauman said. “That girl looks amazing, it just looks effortless right now.”
Bauman said he was happy with what his team was able to do, but expects to see them continue to improve.
“I like the way that this team comes back when they have a tough night or struggle a little bit, they come back very, very strong,” Bauman said. “But we did replace a 194.3 with 195.6, so that’s not a bad trade off.”
Webb claimed the event title on vault, and Bozzuto tied with three Aggies for the event title on bars. Bozzuto and Yee tied with each other for the event title on beam and Jorgensen and Blake-Howard tied USU’s Madison Ward for the title on floor.
The Thunderbirds will be right back at it on Monday, as they will be in Provo to face off against the Cougars of Brigham Young University. That meet will have an early 5:30 p.m. start time.
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