Historic Season For The Flippin’ Birds Concludes In Morgantown
MORGANTOWN, W.V. - A historic season for the Southern Utah University gymnastics program came to an end on Saturday in Morgantown, West Virginia, as the No. 18 Flippin’ Birds finished fourth in NCAA Regional competition with a score of 195.675.
No. 7 Michigan (197.350) and No. 6 Alabama (196.625) claimed the bids to the NCAA National Championships by taking first and second respectively. The host team, West Virginia, finished third.
During their 2017 campaign, the Thunderbirds set a new school record on three separate occasions, saw the first perfect 10 for a Thunderbird in the history of the program and set numerous other milestones both inside the Centrum Arena, and on the road.
“This team has done things that no other team in our history has been able to do,” SUU head coach Scotty Bauman said. “They’ve done it with such incredible class, and I couldn’t be more proud. We were in that meet through five rotations, and that beam team can score a 49.3 on any given night, but I was proud that the girls put themselves into a position to be able to make it.”
SUU redshirt senior Stacie Webb said she feels an immense amount of pride looking back on what the team accomplished this season.
“We broke so many records, I scored a 10, there were so many great things that happened this year,” she said.
The T-Birds started the meet on floor, where senior Virginia Brownsell led the way with a 9.900. Senior Madyson Blake-Howard hit a 9.850 and freshman Autumn Jorgensen hit a 9.825 to finish second and third for SUU. Webb finished with a 9.800.
SUU scored a 49.125 as a team on floor.
When SUU went to vault Webb led the way, scoring a 9.850. Freshman Megan McBride wasn’t far behind with a 9.825 and Brownsell was awarded a 9.800.
On bars redshirt junior Kirsten Yee stole the show, as the school record holder on the event scored a 9.900 to lead the Thunderbirds. Senior Sydney Townsend and freshman Becky Rozsa both scored a 9.850 for the T-Birds.
SUU’s 49.175 as a team on bars was their highest event score of the evening.
On beam Webb set the high mark once again, with a 9.875 on the event. That was the second-highest score posted on the beam the entire night.
Senior Tyly Bozzuto had a 9.800. The T-Birds struggled a bit on beam, and ended up having to count a fall.
“I’m feeling really accomplished,” Webb said about the meet. “As a team I think we did wonderfully. We had just one hiccup on beam, but besides that we were really behind each other and had a lot of fun.”
In just her first NCAA Regional, Jorgensen said she learned a lot that will help her and her fellow freshmen moving forward.
“I feel like I learned how to work well with the team in a situation where there’s a lot of stress and so many teams competing,” she said. “We had to take the time to calm down, and just focus on what we as individuals and the team was doing.”
Bauman said he was so proud of what his seniors were able to do on the floor of competition on Saturday, and feels that the freshmen were able to take it all in and will be even better moving forward.
“This has truly been a very special year, and one that I will never forget,” Bauman said.
Assistant Coaches of the Year
SUU assistant coaches Jeff Richards and Jamie Wysong have been named Assistant Coaches of the Year for the North Central Region by the NACGC/W.
They were recognized following the competition on Saturday.
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