SUU Gymnastics Team Ends Season At NCAA Regional
The Flippin' Birds competed in the North Collegiate Athletic Association Regional Championship in Los Angeles.
The event was hosted by University of California Los Angeles in the legendary Pauley Pavilion. A special season for the Thunderbirds would come to an end as the third-place finish in the meet with a score of 196.600 would eliminate Southern Utah from the Regional competition. The University of Utah ran away with the team race early, leading the field throughout and finishing with a score of 198.125.
The Flippin' Birds battled with the University of Washington the entire meet. The Huskies came out on top in the end with 196.775, just .175 ahead of Southern Utah. The surprise of the meet was the downfall of the University of Auburn, which finished in fourth place with 195.900 despite its #12 ranking.
Graduate student Karley McClain took second in the All-Around competition with an impressive score of 39.400.
The Flippin' Birds earned their best score of the meet from the floor team with 49.275. McClain tied for the top spot on the podium on the floor with a score of 9.925. Despite a tough start on the bars, the Flippin' Birds found their way back into the meet with some great scores on the beam and the floor.
Going into the final rotation the Thunderbirds were in a position to advance to the next round of the Regional Championship.
The battle for the last spot came down to the final routine and Kennedi Davis of the University of Washington delivered, giving them the score needed to pull into second place. You can follow the SUU Gymnastics team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.