"We looked extremely good tonight," head coach Scott Bauman said after the meet. "We had to battle with a few line-up changes, but I think the bar team looked incredible and the beam and floor teams were amazing."
SUU led start to finish during the meet as Lindsey Schultz got the team out to a quick start with a meet-best 9.800 on vault to claim the title. As a team, the Thunderbirds began the night with a 48.675 and steadily increased as the meet progressed. Sacramento State began the night on bars and struggled with two falls, trailing the home team with a 47.775 after the first rotation.
The T-Birds only competed five on the uneven bars with each gymnast: Ari Lamb, Caitlin Kennedy, Brooke Cersosimo, Lauren Jeffrey and Alyssa Click scoring a 9.775 or better. Kennedy and Cersosimo led the team with career-bests of 9.800 to share the individual title. Southern Utah's team score of 48.925 was the highest this season as the lead grew to almost two points after the second rotation, 97.600 to 95.975.
SUU broke through the 49-point barrier for the first time of the season during the third rotation as the T-Birds scored a 49.050 on beam. The feat was repeated on the final rotation as the Thunderbirds scored a 49.100 on floor. Sacramento State finished the night with a pair of 47's, scoring a 47.975 on floor and a 47.000 on beam for its final tally of 190.950.
Click and Lamb were the story on beam for the Thunderbirds as the duo scored matching 9.875's, marking career highs for both gymnasts as they shared the individual title. Sophomore Michaela Chernoch also tallied a career high, scoring a 9.775 to share third place with teammate Shannon Coughlin.
Coughlin saved her best for last, scoring a meet-high 9.900 on the floor exercise to capture her third consecutive floor title of the season. SUU gymnasts swept first through fourth on the event as Lindsey Schultz (9.875), Click (9.800) and Lamb (9.775) rounded out the top scores.
Lamb also claimed the all-around title with a career-high 39.100, matching Southern Utah's season-high set by Cersosimo last week against UCLA.
Southern Utah will be back in action next Saturday, January 29th when the Thunderbirds travel to Provo, Utah for a matinee meet at Brigham Young University. The T-Birds will join Iowa State and Utah State in the quad meet, scheduled to begin at Noon in the Smith Fieldhouse.