Southern Utah University will host the final Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championship on Saturday night at 6 p.m. in the Centrum Arena. The WAC will no longer be sponsoring gymnastics after this season because of conference realignments.
Southern Utah will enter the weekend coming off its best team total of the year in a 196.200 victory over Iowa, San Jose State and Ball State last Friday. Senior Caitlin Kennedy captured two individual titles on senior night with a 9.850 on beam and a 39.275 in the all-around. The Thunderbirds are currently ranked No. 34 in the nation and will look to score another 196-plus this weekend to secure a spot into the NCAA Regional meets on April 6. The T-Birds need to finish the year with a top-36 ranking to claim a regional berth.
SUU is currently ranked third amongst the six teams in the WAC this year with a 195.145 season average, trailing Denver and Boise State with season averages of 196.470 and 195.785, respectively. Freshman Natalie Trejo is the highest ranked individual in the conference for SUU — No. 4 on the balance beam with a season average of 9.815.
Fans can follow all of the action at the WAC Championships with a WAC Championship Central page available online at suutbirds.com.
SUU in Previous WAC Championships
Southern Utah University has a pair of individual WAC champions on its roster as Caitlin Kennedy won the 2010 balance beam title and Alyssa Click captured back-to-back individual titles on the uneven bars in 2011 and 2012. Click will be unable to defend her titles after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2013.
The team finished third at the 2012 WAC Gymnastics Championship, scoring a 195.025. Denver claimed the championship that year with a 196.350.
Southern Utah University last hosted the WAC Gymnastics Championship in 2007, finishing in second place with a 195.225. Sacramento State won the team title that year with a 195.275.
Ticket prices for the WAC Gymnastics Championships are $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3 to 11) and $5 for students of participating institutions with a valid student ID. To purchase tickets, contact the Centrum ticket box office at 435-586-7872 or buy them online at tbirdtickets.com.
The meet on Saturday will be divided into four streams with a separate feed dedicated to each event. This footage will be available online at suutbirds.com.
NCAA Selection Show
Southern Utah University is currently ranked No. 34 in the nation and stands to receive a berth in the NCAA Regionals set to be announced on Monday, March 25. T-Bird fans can watch the announcement live via a web stream at ncaa.com at 1:00 p.m. (MST).