The Southern Utah Flippin’ Birds were in Denver to take on the No. 15 ranked Pioneers Monday night. The Pioneers were able to come away with the 197.300-194.900 victory.
The Thunderbirds started the night on bars where they had a team score of 48.625. Kirsten Yee led the way on the event with a 9.875. Karen Gonzalez and Madison Howlett followed up with a 9.825 each and Becky Rozsa scored a 9.800.
Southern Utah then moved to vault where Autumn Jorgensen led the way with a 9.800. Madison McBride hit a 9.775 and Molly Jozwiakowski scored a 9.750. Gonzalez and Madison Loomis rounded out the scoring with a 9.725 and a 9.600, respectively. The Thunderbirds scored a 48.650 on the event as a team.
Hannah Nipp had a big night for the Flippin’ Birds, starting with her floor routine. Nipp scored a 9.825 in what was just her second time competing in the event as a Thunderbird. Madison McBride earned a 9.800 and Jozwiakowski scored a 9.750. Loomis continued to improve her floor score, earning a 9.725 and Gonzalez rounded out the scoring with a 9.675. The Thunderbirds scored a 48.775 as a team on the event.
The Flippin’ Birds were on beam for the final rotation of the night and Nipp once again led the way for Southern Utah. The freshman hit a career-high 9.925 on the event, surpassing her previous high of 9.875 set in the tri-meet with BYU and Denver. Gonzalez scored a 9.875 to push her all-around score to a 39.100 on the night. Mary Packham scored a 9.775 and Kirsten Yee earned a 9.650. Alyssa LaDieu rounded out the scoring with a 9.625 as the Thunderbirds scored their highest score of the night with a 48.850.
The Pioneers broke the 49.000 mark on all four events on their way to a 197.300, their highest score of the season.
The Flippin’ Birds will return to the gym floor on Friday March 16 against MRGC opponent Utah State in Logan.
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