Jamie Armijo matched Alyssa Click with a 9.875
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SUU Gymnastics Holds On for 195.550 Victory over Denver

February 14, 2014
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University gymnastics endured a late charge from the University of Denver on beam during the final rotation as an opening lead of more than eight-tenths narrowed to a 195.550-195.450 victory for the Thunderbirds at the end of the night. In addition to the team victory, Alyssa Click and Jamie Armijo tied for individual titles on the uneven bars.

SUU began the competition on vault, scoring a 48.875 with freshman Stacie Webb anchoring the lineup and notching a team-best 9.825 in her first collegiate vault. She was followed by Rochelle Bernier with a 9.800 as Danielle Ramirez (9.775), Jamie Armijo (9.750) and Brittney Jensen rounded out the team score with a season-high 9.725.

Denver opened on bars and struggled during the first rotation, suffering a pair of falls that led to the Pioneers having to count an 8.900 towards their team score of 48.050. DU came right back on vault in the second rotation, scoring a meet-high 49.375 on the event with the Thunderbirds competing on bars.

Click and Armijo paced the team with matching 9.875's on the event for Southern Utah's only individual title on the night. The duo finished just ahead of Memory Shettles with a 9.800 and Bernier and Ana Jaworski with a pair of 9.775's. The performance led to a team total of 49.100, SUU's meet high and season high on bars, and kept the Thunderbirds on top 97.975-97.425.

Southern Utah moved to beam in the third rotation and scored a 48.825 with the first three athletes leading the way. Natalie Trejo scored a season-high 9.825 in her opening routine and was followed by Webb with a career-high tying 9.800. Jaworski was third, matching Trejo's 9.825 with the duo finishing tied for third overall in the meet. A fall by Shettles in the fourth spot put pressure on Click and freshman Tyly Bozzuto, but the pair hit their routines, scoring a 9.625 and a 9.750, respectively.

Denver scored a 48.900 on floor during their third rotation with Nina McGee taking the individual title with a 9.850. The finish put the margin between the two teams within five-tenths with Southern Utah still leading 146.800-146.325.

The Pioneers made their push on beam in their final event, scoring a 49.125 on beam with all five gymnasts recording a 9.800 or better, leaving the visitors with a 195.450.

Southern Utah opened floor with a 9.750 from Jaworski, a 9.775 from Trejo and a 9.650 from Shettles, despite a neutral deduction from the freshman for stepping out of bounds. Bozzuto followed with a career-best 9.775 and Carly Sigler sealed the victory with a 9.800, her third 9.800 or better on floor this season, to bring the Thunderbirds' total to 195.550.

"I'm proud of how our bar team performed tonight," head coach Scott Bauman said. "We still have a lot of work to do overall, but I'm proud of how our girls held on for the victory tonight."

Denver's Moriah Martin ultimately won the all-around title with a 39.425, also taking titles on vault (9.950) and beam (9.850) during the night.

SUU will be back in action next weekend, competing at Brigham Young University on Feb. 21. The Friday night meet is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and is slated to be aired live on BYUtv.