Flippin’ Birds Finish Fourth at NCAA Regionals

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The SUU gymnastics team finished fourth at the NCAA Regional Championship meet with a score of 195.350 on Friday evening.

Denver and Boise State earned the top two spots to advance to the next round and Washington finished third.

“We made a couple of silly mistakes, but the girls fought. We didn’t have anyone fall and I think all of our coaches made great decisions in the moment,” head coach Scott Bauman said. “Every one of our beam and floor routines were phenomenal and after three rotations we were weren’t even two tenths out of second place. I’m so proud of the girls and how they were able to overcome so much adversity this year and stay strong and I think they learned so much this year.”

SUU’s best event was the floor where they posted a score of 49.075. Hannah Nipp’s 9.875 was the second highest total among all four teams for any event. Karley McClain and Autumn Jorgensen followed with scores of 9.850 and 9.825 respectively. Madison McBride scored a 9.800 and Madison Loomis got 9.725.

The Flippin’ Birds put up a team score of 48.850 on bars where McClain and Jorgensen each earned a 9.800 to lead SUU. Shylen Murakami posted a 9.775 and Caitlin Kho scored a 9.750. Stephanie Tervort finished with a 9.725.

On the beam, SUU scored another 48.850. McClain led with 9.850 while Karen Gonzalez followed with a 9.800. Jorgensen and Murakami both scored 9.775 as Nipp got 9.650.

SUU’s lowest score came on the bars with a 48.575. Morgan Alfaro led with a 9.775 and Tervort posted a 9.750. McBride, McClain and Rachel Smith all earned a 9.675.

McClain finished tied with Boise State’s Courtney McGregor for the highest all-around mark of 39.175.

The Flippin’ Birds close out the 2019 season with a final record of 7-10.


Story by: Aaron Peterson
Photo by: SUU Athletics