AUBURN, Ala. — Southern Utah University gymnastics had to count a pair of falls on Friday night against an Auburn University team that didn't score anything lower than a 9.650, falling to the Tigers 196.700 -193.150.
"We just made too many mistakes tonight," head coach Scott Bauman said after the meet. "They were little mistakes, but we had to count them on the same rotation and that hurt us."
Southern Utah opened on bars, scoring a 48.025 to Auburn's opening 49.150 on vault. Alyssa Click led off for the T-Birds, hoping to drive scores up as the junior carries the best average on the event this season. Click opened with a 9.750, but was followed by a 9.625 by Lauren Jeffrey. Michaela Chernoch returned to the competition lineup for the first time in three weeks and suffered a fall during her routine, scoring a 9.050 and was followed by Caitlin Kennedy who also fell, scoring a 9.200.
The final two gymnasts, Brooke Cersosimo and Rochelle Bernier, didn't let the mishaps affect their routines as the duo finished the rotation with a 9.675 and a team-best 9.775, respectively.
The Thunderbirds then moved to vault and went 6-for-6 on the event with freshman Jamie Armijo leading the way with a career-best 9.775. SUU finished the event with a 48.525 as Bernier and Kennedy were just behind with a 9.750 and 9.725, respectively. Brittney Jensen's 9.675 and Carly Sigler's 9.600 rounded out the team score as Auburn finished on bars with a 49.425.
Southern Utah went 6-for-6 again on the third rotation, finishing with a 48..450 on the floor exercise with Jensen scoring a team-best 9.800 on the event. The mark helped the freshman tie for fourth. Jeffrey returned to strong form with a 9.700 in only her third routine of the season after suffering an ankle injury on the event at the beginning of the year. Ana Jaworski (9.675), Armijo (9.650) and Kennedy (9.625) wrapped up the Thunderbird scoring on the event.
Click and Chernoch also made their way back into the beam lineup after having missed the past three and four meets, respectively, on the event. Chernoch bounced back from her fall on bars to score a 9.750, but Click encountered one of two falls for SUU on the event, scoring a 9.225. Kennedy scored Southern Utah's best mark during the meet with a 9.825 as the junior finished second overall. Cersosimo's 9.700 and Jaworski's 9.650 capped the T-Bird scoring on the event as the team finished with a 48.150 and a final team score of 193.150.
Auburn finished its night with a 48.875 on beam and a 49.250 on floor for its eventual total of 196.700. Kennedy was the top all-arounder for Southern Utah on the night, totaling a 38.375 on four events.SUU's finish will improve the T-Birds standings in the polls by two-tenths with the team looking to continue its ascent with home meets against Utah State and Boise State over the next two weekends. The meet with the Aggies is scheduled for March 9 and the meet against BSU is slated for March 16. Both meets will begin at 7 p.m. in the Centrum Arena.
BOISE STATE 196.125, UTAH STATE 192.750: At Boise, Utah State gymnastics scored a 192.750 in a Friday night dual at No. 16 Boise State, as the Broncos posted a 196.125.
USU's team total of 192.750 consisted of scoring a season-high 48.875 on floor, as its top three scores on the season have come in the last three meets. The Aggies also scored a 47.925 on vault, a 48.825 on bars and a 47.125 on beam. BSU's winning score of 196.125 was .050 shy of its season-high score, and Friday's total came from posting a 49.125 on vault, 49.150 on bars, 48.750 on beam and 49.100 on floor.
Aggie sophomore Paige Jones tied for second in the all-around with a 38.900, while freshman Sarah Landes was fifth with a 38.525 and senior Rebecca Holliday sixth with a 37.975.
Jones also led the Aggies on both bars, tying for third with a 9.825, and vault, tying for fifth with a 9.750.
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