"I could be mad that we lost this meet, but we really did have some positives," head coach Scott Bauman said. "We did a great job of staying right in it to the end and we are continuing to improve meet to meet."
Southern Utah opened with the lead, finishing with a 48.875 on vault with its first five competitors as Utah State began the meet with a 48.775 on bars. Virginia Brownsell led the way for the T-Birds with a 9.850, capturing her first collegiate title and was followed by Memory Shettles with a 9.825. Rochelle Bernier's 9.800 and matching 9.700's from Brittney Jensen and Jamie Armijo rounded out the team score.
The Thunderbirds suffered a pair of falls during their next rotation on bars, having to count a 9.025 from freshman Tyly Bozzuto. Senior Alyssa Click was tops on the team, claiming her first of two individual titles during the meet with a 9.875 and was followed by Armijo with a 9.800. Kiki Parenteau, competing in her first collegiate meet, scored a 9.775 and Ana Jaworski bounced back from a pair of falls last week to score a 9.550.
With the fall, Utah State was able to make up eight-tenths and took a 97.575-96.900 lead after scoring a 48.800 on vault.
Southern Utah's beam rotation started shaky as Natalie Trejo and Jaworski each fell during their routines. Redshirt freshman Stacie Webb followed and shook off falls at Utah last week to score a career-best 9.800. She was out done by Click with a 9.850, her second individual title, with Bozzuto coming back from bars with a 9.750 on the event. Shettles rounded out the rotation, fighting to score a 9.625 after using one-legged check to avoid falling on the event.
The Thunderbirds finished the rotation with a 48.325 to Utah State's 48.500 on floor as the Aggies extended their lead 146.075-145.225.
Southern Utah put together a late push on floor, outscoring USU by almost seven-tenths with a 48.750 on floor to the Aggies' 48.075 on beam. The Thunderbird charge was led by career bests from Carly Sigler (9.825), Webb (9.800) and Shettles (9.750) and another 9.800 from Jensen. Sigler ended up taking the individual title on the event with Jaworski rounding out the team score with a 9.575.
Utah State finished the meet with a big check and two consecutive falls on beam, but held on for the 194.150-193.975 victory. The Aggies also finished with an all-around title as Bailey McIntire finished with a 38.800. Southern Utah did not have a gymnast in the all-around.
The Thunderbirds will return to action next weekend when SUU travels to face Boise State in Boise, Idaho on Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m.