SUU Gymnastics Finishes a Close Second at BYU
Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
Release: 02/25/2012
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PROVO, Utah - Feb. 25 - Southern Utah University gymnastics suffered a narrow defeat at Brigham Young University on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Cougars by .175 (194.100-193.925), but extended a 24-meet winning streak over Utah State as the Aggies finished with a 193.625.

"We were right in this meet," head coach Scott Bauman said. "If we don't step out on floor, or if I would have put Brooke Cersosimo in the vault lineup or if we did many other things we may have won. But, I'm happy with how the team performed today and that we were able to go 22-for-23 tonight on our routines."

The Thunderbirds opened on the balance beam, going 6-for-6, scoring a 48.425. Southern Utah was led by seniors Brooke Cersosimo and Anna Schumacher with matching 9.750's. The duo was followed closely by Caitlin Kennedy with a 9.700 as Ana Jaworski (9.625) and matching 9.600's by Lauren Jeffrey and Jamie Armijo rounded out the team score.

Brigham Young University opened the meet with a 49.175 on vault with Utah State opening on bars with a 48.275.

Southern Utah moved to floor during the second rotation with Jaworski opening the lineup with a career-best 9.800. The mark was one of two career highs for Jaworski on the night as the freshman also tallied a 9.800 on vault. Fellow freshmen Brittney Jensen and Armijo were just behind Jaworski on floor with a 9.775 and 9.750, respectively. Jeffrey, making her first appearance in the floor lineup since injuring an ankle in the first meet of the year, scored a 9.650 with Bernier rounding out the team score of 48.475 with a 9.500. Bernier and Kennedy (9.475) each suffered mishaps during their routines, stepping out of bounds and leading to neutral deductions of one-tenth for each gymnast.

BYU finished its second rotation with a 48.075 on bars, having to count a fall, putting its team score at 97.250 and just ahead of Southern Utah's 96.900. Utah State's 48.025 on beam left the Aggies in third place with a mark of 96.300.

The Thunderbirds took their first lead of the meet after scoring a 48.500 on vault, going with a lineup composed entirely of freshmen. Jaworski's 9.800 was matched by Bernier and Jensen as both gymnasts also tallied a 9.800, respectively. Armijo and Carly Sigler followed with a 9.500 and 9.600, respectively. Cersosimo was originally slated to return to the vault lineup in the sixth spot, but Bauman elected to keep the senior out to prevent any chance of aggravating existing injuries and after a solid 5-for-5 showing by the freshmen lineup.

Southern Utah's team score grew to 145.400 after the third rotation, keeping ahead of BYU in second with a 145.275 after a 48.025 on beam and Utah State's 144.975 after a 48.675 on the floor exercise.

Following her pair of career highs, Jaworski suffered a fall leading off the Thunderbirds on the bars and finished the event with an 8.250. The pressure didn't phase the rest of the SUU lineup as the group finished the afternoon hitting its final five routines en route to its best team score of the competition with a 48.525. Alyssa Click, making her way back from a foot injury, led SUU with a 9.775 on the event only two days after being cleared to compete. Cersosimo finished the lineup with a 9.725 and was joined by a trio of 9.675's by Jeffrey, Bernier and Armijo for the final team score.

The Cougars finished the meet scoring nothing less than a 9.700 on floor to come from behind and take the meet with a 194.100 after finishing with a 48.825 on floor. The Aggies also finished strong with a 48.650 on vault for their final score of 193.625.

Armijo finished as the top Thunderbird all-arounder with a career-best 38.525. Jaworski, also competing in the all-around, finished with a 37.475 on account of her fall on the uneven bars.

Southern Utah will be back in action next weekend when the Thunderbirds travel to Alabama to face Auburn University. SUU will then return home for a pair of meets in the Centrum Arena, hosting Utah State on March 9 and Boise State on March 16.
Sat. Apr. 5
vs. NCAA Regionals
() 5th, 195.150
Sat. Mar. 22
@ Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship
() 3rd, 196.125
Fri. Mar. 14
@ Utah State
(L) 195.550 -196.000
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. Jan. 9
@ Arizona State
TBA
Fri. Jan. 16
@ Utah
TBA
Fri. Jan. 23
@ Boise State
TBA
Fri. Jan. 30
vs. Brigham Young
TBA
Mon. Feb. 2
vs. Ball State
TBA
Fri. Feb. 6
vs. Utah State w/ San Jose St.
TBA
Fri. Feb. 13
@ Brigham Young
TBA
Fri. Feb. 20
@ Utah State
TBA
Fri. Feb. 27
vs. Denver
TBA
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