Southern Utah Gymnastics Records Big Victory over Utah State

Published: February 16, 2010 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Southern Utah recorded its largest margin of victory on the season with a 195.075-186.675 win over the Utah State Aggies on Monday night. The win continues the Thunderbirds' flawless season and included individual victories on each apparatus for SUU gymnasts.

Elise Wheeler and Jenna Vogt began the collection of titles as Southern Utah opened the meet on bars with the duo scoring matching 9.875's to share the title. Following the first rotation the Thunderbirds already had a two-point lead over the Aggies with a margin of 48.725 to 46.875. Alyssa Click rounded out the top three on the event with a 9.800.

Melissa Johnson's vault of 9.925 during the second rotation marked a new career best for the senior and also marked the second-best score on vault in school history. Johnson took home the individual title, but was followed closely by Wheeler with a 9.850 as Southern Utah's lead grew to 97.400 to 94.925.

Wheeler recorded her second 9.875 of the night, this time on floor as the senior shared the individual title on that event with Shannon Coughlin. Southern Utah swept the top four spots in the event with Click (9.800) and Lauren Jeffrey (9.700) rounding out the top finishers. Jeffrey's score of 9.700 marked a season-high for the sophomore as consistency from all six gymnasts on the event led to a season-best 48.925 team score for the T-Birds.

The scoring flood gates flew open during the final rotation as an injury depleted Utah State squad was only able to field five athletes on floor with four of the five scoring an 8.850 or lower on the event. Southern Utah was just the opposite, finishing on beam with a team score of 48.750 as Wheeler led the team with a 9.825 for her third individual title of the night. The final rotation led to a four-point discrepancy between the two teams with the Thunderbirds wrapping up the 195.075-186.675 win.

Wheeler's score of 39.425 in the all-around wrapped up her sixth consecutive all-around title of the season and also wrapped up her fourth individual title of the night.

Southern Utah will now have its second extended break of the season before hosting Boise State University on February 26. The contest will pair the two best teams in the Western Athletic Conference when the meet begins at 7 p.m. in the Centrum Arena.

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