Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
CEDAR CITY, Utah - Jan. 20 - Southern Utah University gymnastics had to count three falls on Friday night and the miscues allowed Brigham Young University to hand the T-Birds a 194.800 - 194.050 defeat. Despite the loss, junior Alyssa Click took home three individual titles, including bars (9.875), floor (9.875) and the all-around with a career-best 39.400.
"Click did a great job tonight," head coach Scott Bauman said after the meet. "I'm disappointed in our falls and coupled with the injuries we have on the team it just put a great deal of pressure on our other gymnasts to have to perform."
The pressure didn't seem to bother freshman Brittney Jensen on vault as the Layton, Utah native led all SUU vaulters with a career-best 9.825. The mark gave her a second-place finish on the event behind BYU's Megan Bain (9.900). Jensen was followed by Michaela Chernoch and Alyssa Click with matching 9.750's and Caitlin Kennedy who led off the opening rotation with a 9.725. However, Southern Utah had to count a fall during the rotation as the team finished with a 48.250.
The Cougars opened their first rotation on bars and took an early lead, 48.775 to Southern Utah's 48.250.
The Thunderbirds were a perfect 6-of-6 on the uneven bars with each gymnasts scoring a 9.700 or higher on each routine. Click led the way with her 9.875 and was followed by a 9.800 from Lauren Jeffrey and a matching 9.800 from freshman Jamie Armijo in her collegiate debut. Another freshman, Rochelle Bernier, bounced back from her fall on vault to post a 9.775 with 9.700's from Chernoch and Ana Jaworski leading to the final team score of 48.950.
The Thunderbirds were able to take a small lead over BYU after the second rotation as the Cougars also had to count a fall on vault, scoring a 48.350 to bring the team scores to 97.200 to 97.125 in the T-Birds' favor.
The advantage crumbled away in the third rotation as the Thunderbirds had to count a fall on beam and finished with a team score of 48.450. The rotation began with a 9.775 from Jaworski, but a usually sure footed Chernoch followed and was unable to avoid a fall on her first series, scoring a 9.175. Kennedy then took to the beam, scored a 9.775 and then a pair of falls by senior Brooke Cersosimo in the next routine put pressure on the final two competitors to avoid further mistakes. The bottom of the rotation delivered as Click scored a season-high 9.900 and was followed by Anna Schumacher with a career-best 9.825 in her season debut.
The final two performances weren't enough to maintain the previous advantage as BYU finished its rotation on floor with a 48.875 to take back the lead 146.000 to Southern Utah's 145.650.
An opening fall on beam by BYU in the final rotation opened the door to a possible Thunderbird comeback as SUU opened its scoring on floor with back-to-back 9.750's from Jaworski and Chernoch and a 9.800 from Jensen and 9.875 from Click. The Cougars' beam team rebounded from its opening fall and posted four routines that scored a 9.800 or better, including Krysten Koval's 9.950 that sealed the victory for BYU as Southern Utah finished floor with routines of 9.175 and 9.225.
SUU finished its final rotation with a 48.400 as BYU punctuated its night with a 48.800 to bring the team scores to the 194.800 - 194.050 outcome.
Click's 39.400 in the all-around marked only the second time that the junior had competed in all four events in her career. Chernoch's all-around mark was just off her career high after scoring a 38.375 to finish third.
Southern Utah will take its first road trip of the season next weekend when the Thunderbirds travel to Logan to face the Utah State Aggies. The drive will be the first of two to Logan as SUU will return to Cache Valley for the Western Athletic Conference Championships on March 24. The meet with USU on Friday will also feature Boise State and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. with live stats anticipated to be available online at utahstateaggies.com.
Fri. Feb. 28
@ San Jose State
(W) 195.925 -195.775
Mon. Feb. 24
vs. Brigham Young
(W) 195.600 -195.525
Fri. Feb. 21
@ Brigham Young
(W) 195.500 -195.375
Fri. Feb. 14
(W) 195.550 -195.450
Sat. Feb. 8
@ Denver w/ NC State
() 2nd, 195.700
Fri. Jan. 31
vs. Boise State
(W) 195.450 -195.250
Fri. Mar. 14
@ Utah State
Sat. Mar. 22
@ Conference Championships
Sat. Apr. 5
vs. NCAA Regionals