Freshman Arlyn Amor won the bar title with a career-best 9.875
Kyle Kester

Late Charge Not Enough as T-Birds fall to Cougars

March 08, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University gymnastics swept first through fourth on the floor exercise in the T-Birds' final rotation, but it wasn't enough to top a season-best 195.875 from Brigham Young University with the home side scoring a 195.425 in defeat. The result marked the second time this season that the Cougars have scored a season-best total against the Thunderbirds.

"We just had a few little things not go right for us tonight," head coach Scott Bauman said. "We try to work on those little things in practice, but things just didn't seem to click for us in some areas."

Southern Utah opened with a 48.800 on vault with sophomores Brittney Jensen and Jamie Armijo leading the way with matching 9.800's. Michaela Chernoch was just behind with a 9.775 and Rochelle Benier followed with a 9.750. A final 9.675 from Caitlin Kennedy rounded out the team score as BYU opened with a 48.950 on the uneven bars to take an early lead.

The Thunderbirds recovered from an opening fall on bars to record three routines of 9.800 or better, including a 9.800 from Bernier, a 9.825 from Chernoch and a career-best 9.875 from freshman Arlyn Amor. The tally gave Amor her first individual title of her collegiate career. The team finished 5-for-5 as Kennedy and Armijo logged a 9.725 and 9.700, respectively, leading to SUU's team score of 48.925. The Cougars scored their best total of the night on vault with a 49.125 during the rotation to extend the lead 98.075-97.725.

In the next rotation, freshman Natalie Trejo gave Southern Utah a strong start on beam, scoring a 9.825 as the first competitor on the event for the T-Birds. The momentum faltered a bit when Ana Jaworski fell on her dismount during her routine, but the team, once again, answered by sticking the final four routines in the rotation.

Kennedy (9.750), Chernoch (9.725), Bernier (9.800) and Armijo (9.625) wrapped up the lineup for Southern Utah as the Thunderbirds finished with a 48.725. BYU finished its rotation on floor with a 48.800, making the score 146.875-146.450 in favor of the Cougars.

SUU made a charge during the final rotation as Chernoch, Trejo, Armijo and Jaworski finished first through fourth on floor with both Trejo and Armijo earning a career-best 9.825 on the event. Chernoch was tops on the team with a 9.875 to pick up her ninth individual title of the season. Jaworski bounced back from her fall on bars and beam to score a 9.775, matching the top finishers for BYU. A 9.675 from Kennedy rounded out the team score, a 48.975, as the Thunderbirds finished the meet with a 195.425, its fourth-highest mark of the year.

BYU wrapped up its night with a 49.000 on beam, leading to the 195.875 finish.

Chernoch concluded her night with a second-place finish in the all-around with a 39.200, marking the fourth time the senior has gone 39-plus this season.

Southern Utah will host its regular season finale next weekend when the Thunderbirds welcome San Jose State, Iowa and Ball State for a quad-meet in the Centrum Arena at 7:00 p.m. The contest will feature a special "senior night" presentation, honoring the three seniors in 2013: Michaela Chernoch, Caitlin Kennedy and Alyssa Click. Fans can follow the meet with live stat and live video links anticipated to be available online at