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Gymnastics 2011 Media Guide


SUU GYmnastics 2010 Western Athletic Conference Champions


Media Guide Credits The SUU Gymnastics Guide was designed, written and edited by Asst. Media Relations Director Kyle Cottam with assistance by the Media Relations staff at Southern Utah University. Pictures were provided by Rohn Solomon, Neil Gardner, Dr. Greg Stauffer, Dr. Deborah Hill, the Western Athletic Conference and courtesy of the Cedar City/Iron County Visitor’s Bureau. Credentials Requests for press, radio, television and photo credentials should be made no later than 48 hours prior to the meet. To request credentials, contact SUU Asst. Media Relations Director Kyle Cottam at (435) 586-7752 or at cottam@suu.edu. Credentials will be mailed or left at the Will Call window at the Centrum’s west entrance. Credentials will be issued to working media personnel only. Photographers are restricted to designated areas within the Centrum during a meet. Media Services The Centrum press area provides working space for print and electronic media with proper credentials. A limited number of seats are available on the scorer’s table at courtside; those seats will be assigned in order of request. Final results will be distributed at the conclusion of mets. Collect and credit card long distance calls may be made from the press area. The Centrum is also equipped with a complimentary wireless internet signal. Interview Policies To arrange an interview with an SUU gymnast or coach, please contace the SUU Athletic Media Relations Office at (435) 586-7752 and a time convenient to both parties will be arranged. No interviews will be granted with gymnasts prior to meets on meet days. Following meets, Coach Scott Bauman will be available for interviews after a ten minute cooling-off period. SUU has a closed locker room policy. Gymnasts may grant interviews at their option following the meets. Contact a member of the media relations staff to arrange post-meet interviews with SUU gymnasts. Centrum Location & Parking The Centrum is located on 800 West between Center and 200 South Streets. Media representatives are encouraged to park in the lot west of the Centrum (800 West or 200 South access). No parking permits are required.

Media Guide Index 2010 Season in Review ........................... 35-36 2010 Season Statistics ...................................... 36 Season in Review ............................................. 35 Meet the Thunderbirds ............................. 8-33 2011 Roster .......................................................... 8 Brooke Cersosimo ....................................... 20-21 Michaela Chernoch ................................... 26-27 Alyssa Click .................................................. 28-29 Shannon Coughlin ...................................... 10-11 Lauren Jeffrey . ............................................ 22-23 Caitlin Kennedy . ......................................... 30-31 Ariel Lamb .................................................... 12-13 Rebecca Moore .............................................. 32 Jennifer Nguyen ............................................... 32 Bailey Pendley ............................................. 14-15 Lindsey Schultz . ........................................... 16-17

Assistant Coach Kari Louthan . ......................... 5 Assistant Coach Jeff Hunt ................................. 6 StudenT Assistant Owen Field ........................... 6 SUU Gymnastics Support Staff .......................... 7 SUU Record Book ................................... 37-46 Annual Season Averages ............................42-43 SUU All-Americans ............................................ 46 SUU Honor Roll ............................................. 44-45 SUU Individual Records .................................... 38 SUU Team Records ........................................... 39 Year-by-year Team Highs ........................... 40-41 This is SUU .................................................. 47-57 Centrum Arena ................................................ 53 Gymnastics Facilities . ...................................... 52 SUU Administration ...................................... 50-51 SUU Athletic Administration . ........................... 49

Anna Schumacher ..................................... 24-25 Jenna Vogt .................................................. 18-19 Doniele Volopich . ............................................ 33 SUU Coaching Staff .................................. 4-7 Head Coach Scott Bauman . ........................... 4

SUU Athletic Mission & Successes ................... 48 This is Cedar City, Utah .................................... 57 This is SUU ...................................................... 54-55 This is SUU Academics....................................... 56

SUU Gymnastics Quick FActs University Name of school: Southern Utah University City/Zip: Cedar City, Utah/84720 Founded: 1897 Enrollment: 8,066 Nickname: Thunderbirds Colors: Scarlet and White Arena: The Centrum Capacity: 5,300 Affiliation: NCAA Division I Conference (GYM only): Western Athletic Administration President: Dr. Michael T. Benson Faculty Athletic Rep: Dr. Deborah Hill Athletic Director: Ken Beazer Assoc. A.D./Business: Jason Norris Assoc. A.D./Sports Medicine: Ricky Medini Asst. A.D./Compliance: Todd Brown Asst. A.D./Media Relations: Neil Gardner Asst. SID/GYM Contact: Kyle Cottam Address 203 Harris Center 351 W. University Blvd Office phone: (435) 586-7752 Office fax: (435) 586-5444 Cell phone: (435) 817-7702 E-mail: cottam@suu.edu

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Coaching Staff Head Coach Alma mater (year) Record at SUU (years) Career record (years) Assistant coaches Manager Strength and conditioning GYM office phone:

Scott Bauman Utah State (1990) 148-179-1 (20) same Kari Louthan Jeff Hunt Adam Ahquin Dan Bennion (435) 586-7825

2010 Summary 2010 overall record 18-6 2010 conference record 11-1 2010 conference finish First 2010 regional finish Third 2010 national finish Elise Wheeler (12th, AA) 2010 final ranking 18th Letterwinners returning/lost 11/2 www.suutbirds.com


Scott Bauman Head Coach • 20th Season

Head coach Scott Bauman will celebrate his 20th year at the helm of the SUU gymnastics program in 2011, setting him apart as the longest tenured coach in all of Thunderbird athletics. Over that time, Bauman has overseen the ascent of the squad from a relatively unknown entity to one which has ingrained a reputation as one of the nation’s established and respected programs. The ascent has culminated in three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, a threetime All-American in Elise Wheeler and the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Championship trophy. Southern Utah would have had even more success at regional meets had the newest rules adopted in 2008 been in play during Bauman’s time as head coach. The Thunderbirds would have appeared in the NCAA post season in 16 of 19 years, finishing in the top 36 of the nation in each of those campaigns. Bauman’s work with the SUU squad has been a constant process. During his first year at SUU, his gymnasts set school records for practically every individual and team score. That 1992 season set a precedent for those which would follow, as the Thunderbird gymnasts have virtually rewritten the record books in each subsequent year. The only exception was in 1994, when Bauman saw the departure of seven seniors that were at Southern Utah when he joined the program. Under Bauman’s guidance the team has jumped its all-around average from 182.16 in 1991 (the year before he came) to a school-record 195.181 in 2010. The team’s assault on the record books has been relentless. A quick glance at the SUU book shows that every individual record has been equalled or set within the last six seasons and every team mark has been established in the last eight. Correspondingly, school RQS marks have been shattered in the Bauman years, going from a 184.123 in 1991 to an SUU record 195.900 in 2004. Although 2000 was the first time the entire team qualified for the post-season, at least three SUU gymnasts have qualified for at-large berths in all but one of Bauman’s seasons at Southern Utah, including four in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 while five qualified in 2001. In 1998 the Thunderbirds used just two all-arounders; both advanced for the regional meet. Bauman has earned several coaching honors throughout the years, including the 1993 Midwest Region Coach of the Year, 2010 WAC Coach of the Year and the North Central Region Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2010. A 1990 graduate of Utah State University, Bauman is in his first head-coaching capacity. He cut his coaching teeth under the tutelage of former USU head coach Ray Corn where he helped develop the Aggies into a national power. Bauman spent seven years as both an undergraduate and graduate assistant in Logan. Bauman was initially involved in aerial ski jumping for nine years, creating an interest in gymnastics. He originally became involved with the sport while in high school in his hometown of Price, Utah, where he served as a parttime coach at Price Gymnastics.  After enrolling at Utah State, Bauman went to work with the USU program, helped out at Logan’s Ten-O Gymnastics, and eventually moved on to take the head job at SUU. Bauman has also worked at the Lake Owen Gymnastics Camp the past 14 summers and is the founder and administrator of the Southern Utah Gymnastics Academy. Bauman is married to the former Stephanie Green. They have two daughters, Shay (14) and Shaun (11).

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Kari Louthan

Assistant Coach • Fifth Season Kari Louthan will begin her fifth season with Southern Utah University when the Thunderbirds take to the competition floor in 2011. In her four years with Southern Utah, Louthan has proven to be one of the top assistant coaches in the nation. Louthan was instrumental in helping Elise Wheeler to three All-American citations, including a sixth-place finish on the balance beam at the 2009 NCAA National Championships. Under her tutelage, Louthan has coached an aware winning beam team with two Western Athletic Conference beam champions and five first-team all-conference athletes. The school record books have also been rewritten under Louthan as her charges have set both the individual school record of 9.950 (Elise Wheeler, 2007) and the team record of 49.400 (2007). Southern Utah’s beam squad average has also continued to rise with the team averaging a program-best 48.704 in 2010. A 2005 graduate of BYU with a degree in exercise science, Louthan spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant with the Cougar program following a successful career as a Cougar gymnast. While assisting at BYU, Louthan helped the Cougars to a pair of regional appearances and an 11th place finish at the NCAA National Championships in 2005. BYU was ranked throughout the season with a season-high ranking of No. 7. Her duties included choreographing floor and aerobic routines and as a coach and competitor she helped implement programs for beam which improved the team’s beam RQS from 48.56 in 2003 to 48.94 in 2004 and 48.81 in 2005. Louthan also aided in the design and cutting of the Cougars’ floor music as well as helping with website maintenance and video uploads. Louthan competed for BYU for four years, typically on all four events. The Cougars were ranked as high as No. 6 nationally during her senior season and were the No. 1 seed heading into the NCAA North Central Regional. Louthan earned a spot at the 2004 NCAA National Championships by finishing first on bars and third in the allaround at the regional meet, where she earned all-American status on floor. Louthan also earned academic all-American recognition in 2002, 03, and 04. Louthan posted BYU’s first 10.0 score on the balance beam in 2003. She was the second gymnast in BYU history to receive a perfect score. Louthan’ 10.0 remains the school’s highest beam mark and is only the fourth perfect score in BYU history in any event. She also holds BYU’s second-best mark on floor with a score of 9.975, and on bars at 9.95. She was ranked second in the Nation on beam all season with an RQS of 9.765 in 2004. Louthan has also coached in the club ranks, at All-American and Air Time Gymnastics where she worked with level 5 thru 10 gymnasts, coaching and spotting beam, floor, and bars. In addition to her work with gymnastics, Louthan has worked as an aerobic and dance instructor at BYU and created/owned a private business, The Chocolate Font, the first chocolate-fountain fondue rental service in Provo, Utah. Louthan is married to David Louthan and the couple is expecting their first child in May.

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Jeff Hunt

Assistant Coach • Seventh Season Jeff Hunt is in his seventh season with the Thunderbirds and second as a full-time assistant coach. Hunt graduated from Southern Utah in the spring of 2009 after having served as a student assistant over the previous five seasons.  He orginally came to SUU as a member of the track & field program. His primary responsibility is with the SUU bars team and under Hunt’s tuteledge, the SUU bars team has continued to improve culminating in the highest season average on bars in team history (48.723) during the 2008 season.  The team has also posted two of the top three bars scores in school history over the previous years, including a school-record 49.150 in 2007 and 2008. Hunt has served as the director of the Lake Owen Gymnastics Camp in Wisconsin during the past the summers of 2005-2009 and served as a coach at the camps in 2004 and 2010.  He is also the staff director for the Southern Utah Gymnastics Academy in addition to serving as a coach. Hunt is single and resides in Cedar City.

Owen Field

Student Assistant Coach • First Season Owen Field will join the Thunderbird coaching staff after having served as a student manager for the Univeristy of Nebraska women’s team during the past two seasons. Field has coached at the Lake Owen Gymnastics Camp in Wisconsin the past three summers, having worked with current SUU assistant coach Jeff Hunt. Field will also be a member of the coaching staff for the Southern Utah Gymnastics Academy. Field is currently a student at Southern Utah University, working on an undergraduate degree in psychology.

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Steve Barney Sports Psychologist

Marlene Barth Academic Coordinator

Kyle Cottam Sports Information Director

Cal Rollins Voice of SUU Gymnastics

Dan Bennion Lee Byers Stength & Conditioning Multimedia Coordinator

Matt Schmidt Team Nutritionist

Zac Willson Athletic Trainer

SUU Gymnastics would like to thank the following donors for their support of the Thunderbird program. Rich Wilson

Mike & Debi Benson

Jean Lapeur

Ed & Sarah Lamb

Dr. Steve Nakken

Terry & Kari Pickett

Gayle Adams

Macy & Christy Young

Red Dover

Todd & Robyn Brown

Robert & Linda Braschi

Travis & Harmony Rosenberg

Steve & Paula Moore

Alan & Jessica Bishop

Patrick Coughlin

Stephanie Sampson

Julie Bryant

Melanie & Suzanne Smith

John Click

Craig & Patty Sorensen

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Seniors

Juniors

2011 Thunderbird Roster (L to R): Brooke Cersosimo, Alyssa Click, Anna Schum Jenna Vogt, Ari Lamb, Lindsey Schultz, Caitlin Kennedy, Alexys

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Freshmen

Sophomores

macher, Doniele Volopich, Lauren Jeffrey, Bailey Pendley, Shannon Coughlin, s Aben, Jennifer Nguyen, Rebecca Moore, Michaela Chernoch

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Shannon Coughlin

Senior • 5-2 • Anchorage, Alaska • Arctic Gymnastics Center

2010: Competed on

team all-WAC on vault and beam ... second-team all-

the floor exercise in

WAC on floor ... recorded season highs of 9.850 (VT),

every meet during

9.825 (BB) and 9.875 (FX).

the season and once on vault ... finished

Club Highlights: Six-time all-around state champion,

second on the team

competing in level 9 & 10 ... vault, bars, floor (first)

with a 9.819 season

beam, all-around (second) at the level 10 regionals

average on floor ...

in 2007 ... second all-around, first vault level 10 2005 ...

recorded season highs

third in the all-around at regionals, helping team to a

of 9.275 on vault and

third-place national finish 2006 ... three-time national

9.900 on the floor ex-

qualifier.

ercise. Personal: Parents are Julie Bryant and Patrick Coughlin 2009: Competed in all but two meets during the year

... majoring in graphic design ... also recruited by CS-

... fifth on the team on vault and floor with season

Fullerton and San Jose State ... graduate summa cum

averages of 9.664 and 9.638 ... academic all-WAC ...

laude (3.895).

recorded season highs of 9.850 (VT), 9.400 (BB) and 9.825 (FX). 2008: Competed on the vault and floor in every meet during the season and all but two on beam ... second on the team with a season average of 9.709 on the vault ... first on the team with a 9.738 season average on the floor ... freshman academic all-WAC ... first-

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

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2010 Season 9.275 - - 9.900 -

Career 9.850 9.825 9.900 -


A closer look at Coughlin

Coach Bauman on Coughlin:

If you were an animal, what would

“Shannon worked hard over

you be? A polar bear

the summer to improve the two events she really hasn’t compet-

Who is your celebrity crush? Jon

ed for us in beam and bars. She

Scheyer or Jake Gyllenhaal

could be a strong competitor in our all-around, but we’ll need to beef up her bar routine to feel

Who is your celebrity look alike? Hayden Panettiere

comfortable to put her in that lineup. Shannon strength is

What is your favorite movie? How to train

really on floor as she is fun to

your dragon

watch, full of energy and can tumble like there is no tomorrow.”

What do you want to be doing in five years? Working at an amazing design firm What is your secret ambition? To become a professional rock climber If you could meet anyone, who would it be? Mike Krzyzewski What is your favorite quote? “Once you’ve taken a few punches and realize you’re not made of glass, you don’t feel alive unless you’re pushing yourself as far as you can go.” If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? Just Dance by Lady Gaga If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? A mountain, autumn breeze with a hint of pink flowers

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Ariel Lamb

Senior • 5-5 • Eagan, Minnesota • Great Northern Gymnastics 2010: Competed on

2008: Competed in every meet on bars and beam

beam in all but one

for the Thunderbirds during the season ... ranked first

meet during the year

on the team with a 9.730 season average on the

... also appeared on

balance beam ... ranked fourth on the team with a

the uneven bars dur-

9.655 season average on bars ... first-team all-WAC on

ing the final five meets

beam ... freshman academic all-WAC ... NACGC-W

of the season ... made

scholar athlete.

a single appearance on the floor exercise

Club Highlights: Competed for Dave Garske at Great

in the first meet of

Northern Gymnastics and competed at level 10 for

the season ... finished

five years ... finished seventh at regionals and 36th at

second on the team

nationals in the all-around.

on the bars and beam with season averages of 9.745 and 9.733 ... second-

Personal: Parents are Larry and Laura Lamb ... major-

team all-WAC on beam, scoring a 9.825 on the event

ing in graphic design ... three-time academic letter

at the conference championships ... academic all-

winner, honors graduate and in the top ten-percent of

WAC ... recorded season highs of 9.800 (UB), 9.850 (BB)

her class at EHS.

and 8.200 (FX). 2009: Competed in all but one meet on balance beam ... finished the year ranked fifth on the year with a 9.592 average on beam ... academic all-WAC ... recorded a season high of 9.875 on beam.

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

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2010 Season - 9.800 9.850 8.200 -

Career 9.850 9.875 8.200 -


Coach Bauman on Lamb: “We have to be very careful in how we train Ari as she has struggled with a elbow injury. Despite the injury she is one of the most beautiful beam workers and can do anything on that event. Ari could be vying for an all-around spot as well this year. That is something about our seniors they don’t give up and keep pushing on all of the events and by the time they are seniors they are pretty solid all-arounders.”

A closer look at Lamb If you were an animal, what would you be? A reindeer Who is your celebrity look alike? Ariel (without the fin) or Kristin Stewart if I was emo and tired If you could meet anyone, who would it be? Nelson Mandela What is your favorite type of food? Costa Vida or salads What is your favorite quote? “You can’t steal second base if you never take your foot off of first.” If you were a piece of fruit, what would you be? A beet because it is so colorful If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? Young and Wild by Eric Church If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? Something clean and slightly floral If you could be a character in the movie, who would you be? Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon

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Bailey Pendley

Senior • 4-11 • Las Vegas, Nevada • Browns 2010: Competed in

season-high 9.775 on the vault in the first and second

every meet on vault

meet of the season ... also competed twice on beam

and floor during the

and once on floor.

season for the Thunderbirds ... competed

2007: Did not compete as a redshirt after transferring

in all but five meets

from San Jose State.

on bars ... named second-team all-WAC

Club: 2006 level 10 vault champion and second in the

on vault after scoring

all-around at the state championships ... region one

a 9.850 at the confer-

floor champion and all-around runner-up ... finished

ence championships

15th in the all-around at the 2006 Junior Olympic Na-

... counted her score

tional Championships ... all-around, vault and beam

on vault in eight of

champion at the level 10 state championships in 2005

SUU’s 13 meets during

... finished eighth in the all-around at regionals and

the season ... counted her score on bars in four of the

was an alternate for the national competition.

seven meets in which she competed ... finished third on the team on floor, averaging 9.746 for the year ...

Personal: Parents are Tammy and Aaron Smith and

counted her score on floor in all but one meet during

Ray Baker ... majoring in family services ... married Tay-

the year ... recorded season highs of 9.900 (FX), 9.800

lor Pendley, a former football player for SUU in June,

(UB) and 9.850 (VT) ... academic all-WAC.

2010.

2009: Competed in only one meet during the year because of injuries ... scored a 9.425 on vault at the NCAA Regionals. 2008: Competed in three meets during the year before suffering a season-ending injury ... recorded a

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

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2010 Season 9.850 9.800 - 9.900 -

Career 9.850 9.800 9.125 9.900 -


A closer look at Pendley If you were an animal, what would you be? A panda bear Who is your celebrity crush? Hugh

Coach Bauman on Pendley:

Jackman or Pauly P

“Bailey is one of our premier

Who is your ce-

athletes on vault and floor.

lebrity look alike?

She has been very solid for

Teresa Guidice from

us the last couple of years,

the Real Housewives

especially last year when

of New Jersey

she was able to find some confidence. We are happy

What is your signature

to have her back for a fifth

dance move? The fist

year and know that she will

pump

anchor our floor and vault lineups.”

What is your favorite quote? “You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!” If you were a piece of fruit, what would you be? A green apple because it is nice and tart If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? I wanna rack by Twisted Sister If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? Soft floral vanilla with a hint of wood and locker room

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Lindsey Schultz

Senior • 5-8 • Grand Junction, Colorado • Grand Junction 2010: Competed on vault and floor in every meet of the season ... second-team all-WAC on floor after scoring a 9.850 at the WAC championships ... academic all-WAC ... ranked third on the team on vault with a season average of 9.771 ... recorded season highs of 9.850 (VT) and 9.850 (FX). 2009: Competed on vault in every meet during the season with five appearances on floor ... set a new school record with a 9.950 on vault against the University of Iowa ... first-team all-WAC on vault after scoring a 9.900 at the WAC Championships ... recorded three of the top six marks in school history on vault during the year ... academic all-WAC ... recorded season highs of 9.950 on vault and 9.800 on floor. 2008: Recorded a 9.625 on vault in her only meet of the season ... hampered by lingering injuries throughout the year ... NACGC-W scholar athlete.

2007: Competed on vault and floor in the first six meets of the season before suffering a season-ending injury ... also competed in two meets on the balance beam ... counted her vault and floor score towards the team score in every meet, including a team-high 9.800 versus Utah State on both apparatus ... recorded seasonhighs of 9.800 on vault and floor and a 9.850 on beam. Club Highlights: Competed for Brian and Kerri Bensley at Grand Junction Gymnastics where she earned the Flashy Floor award and was named most coachable and most inspirational gymnast. Helped team to a Region 5 Level 10 championship and a Nationals appearance in 2003 and helped it earn an alternate spot from Region 3 at Level 10 in 2004. Personal: Parents are Lori and Rick Schultz ... majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry ... four-year member of the National Honor Society and honors graduate at FMHS.

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

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2010 Season 9.850 - - 9.850 -

Career 9.950 9.850 9.850 -


A closer look at Schultz

Coach Bauman on Schultz:

If you were an animal, what would you be?

“Lindsey is one of our

A T-Rex

premier vaulters and floor workers. Because of how tall she is she looks in-

Who is your celebrity crush? Harrison Ford

credible on both of those What is your favorite quote? “Wheth-

events and both have a

er you think you can, or think you

certain flair. She is beauti-

can’t, you’re right.”

ful to watch because of her unique combination of

What do you want to be doing in

power and grace. She has

five years? I want to be a physi-

great leaps and is a great

cian’s assistant

dancer.”

What is your favorite genre of music? Bollywood show tunes If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? Short people have no reason to live by Randy Newman What is your signature dance move? Air guitar What is your secret ambition? To be a professional game, a gourmet chef and professional sky diver If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? A summer breeze in Barstow, California If you were a piece of fruit, what would you be? A kumquat, because it is so fun to say If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? The TRex in Meet the Robinsons

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Jenna Vogt

Senior • 5-1 • White Bear Lake, Minnesota • TAGS South 2010: Competed on

team in vault (9.684) and third on the team on the un-

the uneven bars in

even bars with a season average of 9.671 ... first-team

every meet during

all-WAC in the all-around with a season-high 39.000 ...

the season ... also

freshman academic all-WAC.

competed on the balance beam in six

Club Highlights: Helped TAGS South to five consecu-

meets during the year,

tive state championships from 2003-2007 ... 2007 level

including the final five

10 all-around state champion, including a first-place

meets of the season ...

finish on bars and beam and a second-place finish on

academic all-WAC ...

floor ... finished tenth in the all-around at the 2007 level

recorded season highs

10 Junior Olympic Nationals ... seven-time regional

of 9.875 (UB) and 9.800

qualifier and six-time national qualifier.

(BB). Personal: Parents are Dave and Marcia Vogt ... major2009: Competed in the all-around in all but three

ing in broadcast journalism.

meets during the year ... first-team all-WAC in the all-around after scoring a 38.975 at the WAC Championships ... two-tme champion on the floor exercise during the year with an individual title on bars against Brigham Young ... ranked fourth on the team on vault (9.669) and beam (9.653) ... second on the team with a 9.730 season average on the floor ... academic allWAC ... recorded season highs of 39.225 (AA), 9.750 (VT), 9.850 (UB), 9.850 (BB) and 9.900 (FX).

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

2008: Competed in the all-around and floor in all but two meets during the season ... ranked fourth on the

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2010 Season - 9.875 9.800 - -

Career 9.800 9.875 9.850 9.900 39.225


Coach Bauman on Vogt: “Jenna was hampered last year because of an ankle injury, but that has healed and she looks like she will be a very strong all-arounder for us this year. She is such a solid mental and consistent athlete that she is comfortable with whatever we ask her to do in the gym.”

A closer look at Vogt If you were an animal, what would you be? The cheshire cat Who is your celebrity crush? Cal Clutterback from the Minnesota Wild What is your favorite quote? “Wheresoever you go, go with all of your heart.” What do you want to be doing in five years? I want to be the lead anchor on Fox News in Minneapolis What is your secret ambition? To be fluent in another language If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? Too young to feel this damn old by Garth Brooks If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? Robert DeNiro, so I could be in the mafia, but only for a little bit so I could get out If you could meeet anyone, who would it be? Brett Favre or Kid Rock If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? Something fresh, nothing flowery or fruity

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Brooke Cersosimo

Junior • 5-2 • Mitchell, South Dakota • Mega Gymnastics 2010: Competed in all

Personal: Parents are John and Carol Cersosimo ...

but one meet on vault

recipient of South Dakota State all-academic award

and all but five meets

... majoring in journalism.

on beam ... counted her score on vault in five meets during the year ... counted her score on beam in six meets during the season ... scored season-highs of 9.775 (BB) and 9.850 (VT) ... academic all-WAC.

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

2009: Competed in three meets during the year ... scored a season-high 9.825 on the balance beam at Utah State. Club Highlights: Three-time South Dakota high school gymnastics all-around champion ... level 9 Western runner-up in all-around and balance beam in 2006 ... two-time level 10 regional qualifier ... two-time level 10 national alternate.

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2010 Season 9.800 - 9.775 - -

Career 9.800 9.825 -


A closer look at Cersosimo If you were an animal, what would you be? A giraffe, so I could be tall Who is your celebrity crush? Leonardo DiCaprio Who is your celebrity look alike? Lindsay Lohan What is your favorite type of food? Cheesecake Coach Bauman on Cersosimo:

What is your signature dance move? Q-tips!

“Of all of the athletes that

What is your favorite quote? “Everything is

have improved the most from

okay in the end. If it is not okay, it’s not the

last year to this year, Brooke

end.”

is easily at the top of that list. She has come back in great

What is your favorite Willy Wonka candy?

shape and re-committed to

Giant nerds

the sport and could easily be one of our top all-arounders.

What do you want to be doing in five

Her floor and her bars have

years? I want to be a sportswriter on the

come a long way and she will

east coast

be one to watch in the allaround.”

If you were a piece of fruit, what would you be? A peach because I’m really sweet, but sometimes you get my moody, hard “pit” If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? A place in this world by Taylor Swift If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? Elizabeth Swan in Pirates of the Caribbean. If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? Pina colada and getting lost in the rain

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Lauren Jeffrey

Junior • 5-5 • Kingwood, Texas • Rowland-Ballard Gymnastics 2010: Competed in

Club Highlights: Finished 10th in the all-around and 3rd

all but four meets on

on the floor at the level 10 region III regional competi-

floor while competing

tion in 2007 ... finished 21st in the all-around at the level

on bars in five meets

9 Western Nationals in 2006.

during the year ... academic all-WAC

Personal: Parents are Debra and Steve Jeffrey ... ma-

with a team-best 3.90

joring in advertising/public relations.

GPA ... uneven bars score counted towards the team total in three meets with her floor score counting in five meets ... recorded season highs of 9.825 (UB) and 9.850 (FX). 2009: Competed on floor in every meet during the year, also appeared in every other event in various meets ... one of five Thunderbirds to compete in the

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

all-around at Southeast Missouri State ... counted her score towards the team score on bars in six meets during the year ... floor score counted towards the team score in nine meets ... recorded season highs of 37.425 (AA), 9.700 (VT), 9.750 (UB), 9.075 (BB) and 9.875 (FX).

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2010 Season - 9.825 - 9.850 -

Career 9.700 9.825 9.075 9.875 37.425


Coach Bauman on Jeffrey: “Lauren stayed all summer this year and worked really hard to improve her bars and floor. To her credit she has also learned a new vault this year and she looks amazing. She looks like she could be one of our most steady vaulters and things look very promising in

A closer look at Jeffrey

that event.”

If you were an animal, what would you be? A cheetah Who is your celebrity crush? Liam Hemsworth Who is your celebrity lookalike? Mila Kunis What is your favorite movie? Life as we know it What is your favorite quote? “The greatest things in life aren’t things.” If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? Wannabe by the Spice Girls Favorite Michael Jackson song? Beat it Favorite Willy Wonka candy? Nerds If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? Heaven

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Anna Schumacher

Junior • 5-3 • Green Bay, Wisconsin • Air Force Gymnastics Academy 2010: Did not compte. 2009: Did not compete. Club Highlights: Finished 13th in the allaround at the YMCA Nationals in 2005. Personal: Parents are Mark and Jill Schumacher ... majoring in human nutrition ... member of the National Honor Society and Presidential Award winner.

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

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2010 Season - - - - -

Career -


Coach Bauman on Schumacher:

A closer look at Schumacher

“Anna is one of the hardest workers we’ve had in our

Who is your celebrity crush?

gym. She has improved tremendously

Jimmy Fallon

on floor and vault. She is an incredibly powerful athlete and when she

If you were an animal, what would

learns how to harness that

you be? A flying monkey

power she will be good for us on floor and vault.”

Who is your celebrity lookalike? Mia Hamm What is your favorite movie? Tommy Boy What is your favorite quote? “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi What is your signature dance move? The shopping cart What is your secret ambition? To join the circus or go on a safari If you could meet anyone, who would it be? Dwight Schrute, I think we could be BFF’s If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? Trinity from The Matrix

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Michaela Chernoch

Sophomore • 5-3 • Naples, Florida • Gym World (Fort Myers) 2010: Competed on floor in four meets during the season ... scored a season high of 9.750 at Brigham Young. Club: Two-time level 10 national qualifier and five-time regional qualifier ... finished third on bars, second on floor and fourth in the all-around at the Level 10 2009 Florida State Championships ... named the first alternate to the

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

national competition in 2008 ... placed 15th in the all-around, fifth on floor and ninth on bars at the 2008 regional competition. Personal: Parents are Walter and Debra Chernoch ... majoring in elementary education.

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2010 Season - - - 9.750 -

Career 9.750 -


A closer look at Chernoch: If you were an animal, what Coach Bauman on Chernoch:

would you be? A tadpole Who is your celebrity crush?

“Michaela is one our most

Zac Effron

steady, stable beam workers and also solid on floor with some

Who is your celebrity lookalike?

unique skills. She stayed in Cedar

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

over the summer and worked on all of her events and improved the

What is your favorite type of food?

most on bars. She could see some

Indian

significant time on each of those three events.”

What is your favorite genre of music? R&B What is your favorite movie? Zoolander What is your favorite quote? “If you see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.” What is your secret ambition? Being a stunt double If you were a piece of fruit, what would you be? I would be a piece of decorative fruit because I don’t want to be eaten and I can sit on someone’s table all day and show myself off If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? Nemo from Finding Nemo If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? Temptation

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Alyssa Click

Sophomore • 5-4 • Vancouver, Washington • MAC 2010: WAC Freshman of the Year ... competed on bars and beam in every meet and all but one meet on floor during the year ... finished third on the team on bars, averaging a 9.738 and fourth on the team on floor, averaging a 9.704 during the year ... scored season highs of 9.925 (UB), 9.850 (BB) and 9.850 (FX).

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

Club: Two-time Region 2 all-around champion, claiming the title in 2008 and 2009 ... qualified for the 2009 level 10 Junior Olympic nationals, finishing fourth on the bars, fifth on the beam and 13th in the all-around. Personal: Parents are John and Debbie Click ... majoring in hotel, resort and hospitality management ... graduated with honors.

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2010 Season - 9.925 9.850 9.850 -

Career 9.925 9.850 9.850 -


A closer look at Click: Coach Bauman on Chernoch: Who is your celebrity crush? Justin Bieber “Alyssa is the returning WAC Who is your celebrity lookalike? Taylor Swift

Freshman of the Year and looks to be even more

What is your favorite type of food? Doughnuts

solid this year. She is incredibly stable on bars,

What is your favorite genre of music? R&B

beam and floor and has really worked diligently

What is your favorite movie? The Lion King

to open her mind to more avenues of gymnastics. She

What is your secret ambition? Owning a successful

has really come a long

coffee shop

way in becoming stronger in the mental aspects of

If you had to pick a song to define your life, what

this sport.”

would it be? Never Say Never - The Fray If you were an animal, what would you be? A prairie dog Favorite Michael Jackson song? Smooth Criminal If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? Because of my skills in front of a camera, I would be the blond girl in Mean Girls who is the idiot What is your favorite quote? “Whoever said sunshine is happiness has never danced in the rain.” If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? Amazingnesity If you meet anyone, who would you meet? Matthew Perry

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Caitlin Kennedy

Sophomore • 5-5 • Temple, Texas • Texas Tumblers 2010: Competed on

Personal: Parents are Mark and Harriet Kennedy ...

vault and beam in

majoring in exercise science ... first gymnast to sign

every meet during the

with SUU with her own skill named after her: the “Ken-

year ... also appeared

nedy”, a toe-on front layout dismount on bars.

on bars in all but five meets during the year ... WAC champion and first-team all-conference with a 9.875 on the balance beam at the championship meet ... finished fourth on the team on the vault and beam with season averages of 9.756 and 9.700 ... recorded season highs of 9.850 (VT), 9.750 (UB)

Season/Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around

and 9.875 (BB). Club: Three-time Level 10 Texas State champion and three-time Junior Olympic national qualifier, placing 14th in the all-around in 2007 ... finished ninth on the vault and 21st in the all-around in 2008 ... recorded her best finishes at the Junior Olympic Nationals with an 11th-place finish in the all-around, 10th-place finish on vault and 9th-place finish on the floor ... named the Texas Gymnast of the Year.

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2010 Season 9.850 9.750 9.875 - -

Career 9.850 9.750 9.875 -


Coach Bauman on Kennedy:

A closer look at Kennedy

“CK will return this season as the

If you were an animal, what would

reigning WAC beam champion

you be? A centaur

and only looks better this year. The only event she didn’t compete

Who is your celebrity crush?

last year was on floor, but she

Taylor Lautner

stayed over the summer and I predict that she will be one of our top

Who is your celebrity lookalike?

floor workers. She will be a force to

Ashley Judd

reckoned with in the all-around this year.”

What is your favorite food? Strawberries What is your signature dance move? The hip shake What is your favorite movie? The Blind Side What is your favorite quote? “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence; therefore it is not an act, but a habit.” What do you want to be doing in five years? Own my own gymnastics facility What is your secret ambition? To be invisible If you were a piece of fruit, what would you be? A strawberry, because I turn red very easily If you had to pick a song to define your life, what would it be? Time of my life by David Cook If you were a character in a movie, who would you be? Simba If a company used your name to endorse a perfume, what would it smell like? Flowers

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Rebecca Moore

Freshman • 5-1 • Iowa City, Iowa • Iowa Gym-Nest Club/Prep: Seven-time

Closer look at Moore

Region 4 qualifier and three-time Westerns

If you were an animal, what would you be?

qualifier at the Iowa

A koala bear

Gym-Nest ... finished Who is your celebrity crush?

in eighth on the floor

Taylor Lautner

at the Westerns regional ... maintained a

If you could be a character in a movie, who would

perfect 4.0 throughout

you be?

high school.

Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice (BBC) Personal: Parents If you had to pick a song to define your life, what

are Steve and Paula Moore ... plans to major in human nutrition ... enjoys

would it be?

playing violin and piano, photography, sewing, bak-

Unstoppable by Rascal Flatts

ing and gardening. What is your favorite quote? “Do, or do not; there is no try.” - Yoda

Jennifer Nguyen

Freshman • 5-0 • Los Angeles, California • All Olympia Prep/Club: 2009 level

all-around at the 2006 SoCal level 10 state champion-

10 bars champion at

ships ... finished sixth in the all-around at the 2006 level

the California state

9-10 regionals ... qualified for the level 10 Junior Olym-

championships ... first

pic Nationals, earning a Junior A-Team Gold medal.

Junior Olympic alternate in 2008 after

Personal: Parents are Tuan and Carol Nguyen ... plans

finishing ninth in the

to major in biology/pre-med ... enjoys watching TV,

all-around at the

listening to music and playing tennis.

level 9-10 regionals Closer look at Nguyen

... finished third in the all-around at the state

Who is your celebrity look alike?

SoCal level 10 cham-

Subzero from Mortal Combat

pionships ... finished second in the all-around at the 2007 SoCal level 10

Who is your favorite food?

championships ... 10th-place finisher in the all-around at the 2007 level 9-10 regionals while finishing fourth on the beam and 8th on the vault ... finished fourth in the

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Ribs


Doniele Volopich

Freshman • 4-10 • Phoenix, Arizona • Phoenix Gymnastics Academy Prep/Club: Four-year

Closer look at Volopich

level 10 competitor at If you were an animal, what would you be?

the Phoenix Gymnastics Academy (PGA) ...

A monkey

2009 NIT floor champion ... recorded career

What is your signature dance move?

highs of 9.725 on vault,

The worm

9.500 on bars, 9.300 on What is your favorite quote?

beam and 9.450 the

“Fear can keep us up all night, but faith makes one

floor exercise.

fine pillow.” Personal: Daugher of What is your secret ambition?

Donald Volopich ...

To fly

undecided on a major course of study.

If you were a piece of fruit, what would you be? I would be a peach, because I am just peachy

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Gymnastics Spectator Guide NCAA women’s gymnastics comprises four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Each team has, at the most, six gymnasts scoring in each event, with the top five scores in each event comprising the event score. Teams can also have gymnasts compete in an exhibition role on any event, with the score not shown on the official stats at the end of the meet. The team’s final tally combines the top-five scores in each of the four events. The highest possible score for a gymnast on any event is a 10.000. The top total team score possible on an individual event is 50 and 200 for the entire meet. Each routine is observed by two judges. In a regular season meet, the two judges’ scores are average, giving the final score, i.e. one judge awards a 9.950 while the other judge awards a 9.900, giving the gymnast a final score of 9.925. At NCAA Regionals and at the NCAA Championships, four judges are used. The highest and lowest scores are thrown out, with the remaining scores being averaged for the final score, i.e. Judge 1: 9.850, Judge 2: 9.900, Judge 3: 9.900, Judge 4: 9.825, Final Score: 9.875. If the gymnast flawlessly performs the routine, she will receive the assigned value of the routine. The judge has the discretion to deduct points for breaks in the routine, failure to perform required elements and falls from the apparatus. Uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise all have minimum composition requirements. Vault is not considered a routine, but rather a single skill, so therefore does not have these same minimum composition requirements. The requirements involve using skills or elements of varying difficulty throughout the routine. The requirements are as follows: Element/Skill Value A - Easiest B - Medium Difficulty C - High Difficulty D - Very High Difficulty E - Extremely High Difficulty

Number Required 3 3 2 1 0

Specific requirements unique to each event are as follows: Vault There are four different technical phases to be judged: • Pre-flight body position • The block or rise from the horse • Post-flight or height and distance from the horse • Landing Uneven Bars • At least two bar changes where a gymnast must transition from one bar to the other • At least two different flight elements/skills where the gymnast releases and re-grasps the bar • At least one long axis (from head-to-toe) turn of a minimum 180 degrees • A dismount of at least a C value in combination or D value skill Balance Beam • One acrobatic series of two or more flight elements • One gymnastics or dance series of two or more elements • One gymnastics turn of a minimum of 360 degrees on one leg • One leap, jump or hop with a large height and a 180 degree split • A dismount of at least a C value Floor Exercise • The duration of the floor exercise must be between 1:10 and 1:30 • The floor routine is performed to recorded music with no vocals or words • One acrobatic series must contain two saltos • There must be three different saltos in the exercise • At least one gymnastics series • A dismount of at least a C value

All routines that include the required elements begin with a start value of 9.5. The remainder of the score to meet a 10.0 start value has to be made up with combinations or difficult elements. These include C level skills in combination, D level skills increase the value by .1 with E level skills increasing the value by .2. Basic Deductions • Fall from apparatus or on floor - 0.5 (each time) • Stepping out of bounds on floor - 0.1 (each time) • Heavy brush of feet, or hand touch on floor - 0.3 • Presentation to judge omitted (before or after exercise) - 0.1 • Intermediate swing on bars - 0.3 • Concentration pauses longer than two seconds - 0.1 • Coach blocking judges’ view - 0.2 • Competing out of order (taken from the team score) - 0.1 • “Up to the competition level” deduction - 0.1 • Other deductions are taken, usually up to and no more than 0.3, for such things as bent arms and legs or separation of legs

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2010 Season in Review Southern Utah began its 2010 gymnastics campaign with six con-

The Thunderbirds suffered their first losses of the season at home

secutive wins and wrapped up the season with the team’s first ever

against Boise State and then again at Iowa over the next two

Western Athletic Conference championship. The Thunderbirds also

weeks of the season. Despite the team losses, Wheeler captured

swept every award at the conference championships as Scott Bau-

individual titles on bars (9.875), beam (9.900), floor (9.875) and in the

man was named WAC Coach of the Year, Elise Wheeler was named

all-around (39.550) against the Broncos and the individual title on

the WAC Gymnast of the Year and Alyssa Click was named the

bars (9.900) in Iowa City. The senior was honored with WAC Gym-

WAC Freshman of the Year.

nast of the Week and WAC Specialist of the Week accolades for her performances.

The season began at Brigham Young University, the first of two meets between the two schools during the year. SUU opened with

Southern Utah was without a team and individual title for the first

a 194.100 to best the Cougars’ 193.050 for the victory. Four Thun-

time in the season at the University of Utah despite scoring the

derbirds scored individual titles as Melissa Johnson finished with a

second-highest mark of the season in a 196.025. Wheeler finished

9.875 on vault, Shannon Coughlin and Bailey Baker scored match-

second in the all-around with a 39.500. The Thunderbirds then came

ing 9.750’s on floor and Elise Wheeler finished with a 38.925 in the

roaring back for their next meet, scoring the second-highest team

all-around. Johnson’s mark also earned the senior a WAC Specialist

score in school history with a 196.350 in a run away victory over Cal

of the Week honor.

State Fullerton.

Southern Utah swept each of the individual titles in its home opener

The victory was highlighted by a school-record all-around perfor-

the next weekend as the T-Birds dispatched the Utah State Aggies

mance as Wheeler finished with a 39.575 and individual titles on

with a score of 195.050-191.225. Wheeler earned a WAC Gymnast

every event. Wheeler finished her night with a 9.850 on vault, 9.925

of the Week honor after securing the individual title on bars (9.875),

on bars, 9.900 on beam and 9.900 on floor. Wheeler shared the title

beam (9.775), floor (9.800) and in the all-around with a 39.175.

on floor with Baker (9.900) as SUU posted an almost four-point vic-

Johnson captured her second consecutive vault and WAC Special-

tory over the Titans.

ist of the Week title with a 9.825 while Baker joined Wheeler on the A victory over Brigham Young on senior night was headlined by

gold medal stand with a 9.800 on floor.

individual titles on vault for Caitlin Kennedy and Lindsey Schultz with Vault and all-around titles continued to roll Johnson and Wheeler’s

9.850’s, a bar title for Click (9.925), a beam (9.925) and all-around

way as the duo finished first on each event through the next four

title (39.400) for Wheeler and floor title for Coughlin with a 9.875.

meets at Sacramento State, at San Jose State, home against Kent

Four seniors: Wheeler, Schultz, Johnson and Baker were each hon-

State and on the road at Utah State. The team also continued its

ored during the night and represented the most record-breaking

winning ways through the same stretch.

signing class to date. The quartet combined to set 25 top-ten marks that stand within the school record books.

At Sacramento State, Wheeler also tallied individual titles on bars and floor. Jenna Vogt shared the individual medal on bars with a

The success of the season culminated at the WAC Championships

9.850 as the Thunderbirds rolled to a team score of 193.575. At San

as the Thunderbirds finished atop the medal stand by a tenth, mark-

Jose State, freshman Alyssa Click captured her first title of the sea-

ing the first conference championship for the gymnasts since joining

son, sharing first place with Ari Lamb on bars with matching 9.875’s.

the WAC. Along with the awards for Bauman, Wheeler and Click,

Wheeler also secure the floor title with a 9.825 as the Thunderbirds

Johnson claimed the individual vault championship with a career-

finished with a team score of 194.925.

best 9.925 while Kennedy wrapped up a beam title with a 9.875.

Southern Utah scored a 195.275 victory over Kent State, sweeping

The Thunderbirds went on to compete at the NCAA Regionals

all of the individual titles with Wheeler and Johnson on vault; Baker,

in Morgantown, W. Va. and finished third behind Stanford and

Click and Wheeler on bars; and Wheeler on beam, floor and in

Michigan at the meet. The finish mark the end of the season for the

the all-around. The individual title sweep trend continued at Utah

team, but Wheeler advanced to the NCAA Championships as an

State in Southern Utah’s 195.075 victory. Johnson’s 9.925 on vault

at-large all-around participant and was named the North Central

propelled her to WAC Specialist of the Week honors while Wheeler’s

Region Gymnast of the Year. Wheeler wrapped up her career,

titles on bars (9.875), beam (9.825), floor (9.875) and in the all-

finishing 12th in the all-around at the national championships with

around (39.425) led her to WAC Gymnast of the Week accolades.

marks of 9.825 on bars, 9.775 on beam, 9.800 on floor and 9.750 on

Vogt and Coughlin shared first-place finishes with Wheeler on bars

vault for an all-around score of 39.150.

and beam as the T-Birds rolled to an almost nine-point win.

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2010 Statistics All-Around

AVG

BYU

USU

Sac St.

SJSU

Kent

USU2

BSU

Iowa

Utah

CSF

BYU2

WAC

Regs

Nats

E. Wheeler

39.283

38.925

39.175

39.200

39.275

39.425

39.425

39.550

38.600

39.500

39.575

39.400

39.375

39.250

39.150

Team

195.181

194.100

195.050

193.575

194.925

195.275

195.075

195.425

194.475

196.025

196.350

195.950

195.800 195.325

RQS

195.655

-

Vault M. Johnson

9.860

9.875

9.825

9.900

9.900

9.875

9.925

9.875

9.825

9.800

9.825

9.775

9.925

9.850

-

E. Wheeler

9.815

9.825

9.725

9.775

9.775

9.875

9.850

9.900

9.775

9.900

9.850

9.800

9.775

9.775

9.750

L. Schultz

9.771

9.725

9.775

9.850

9.750

9.675

9.625

9.850

9.775

9.825

9.800

9.850

9.775

9.750

-

C. Kennedy

9.756

9.750

9.800

9.725

9.700

9.800

9.675

9.800

9.675

9.775

9.775

9.850

9.775

9.725

-

B. Cersosimo

9.681

9.725

9.750

9.550

-

9.650

9.600

9.675

9.675

9.650

9.700

9.800

9.700

9.700

B. Baker

9.658

9.675

9.625

9.625

9.725

9.250

9.275

9.850

9.725

9.700

9.775

9.750

9.850

9.725

-

S. Coughlin

9.275

-

-

-

9.275

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Team

48.942

48.900

48.875

48.875

48.850

48.875

48.675

49.275

48.775

49.000

49.025

49.075

49.100

48.825

-

E. Wheeler

9.838

9.675

9.875

9.850

9.875

9.800

9.875

9.875

9.800

9.900

9.925

9.825

9.875

9.750

9.825

A. Lamb

9.745

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

9.800

9.750

9.775

9.700

9.700

-

A. Click

9.738

9.550

9.700

9.800

9.475

9.800

9.800

9.750

9.775

9.875

9.725

9.925

9.675

9.750

-

M. Johnson

9.721

9.725

9.700

9.775

9.650

9.725

9.725

9.725

9.800

9.750

9.825

9.675

9.575

9.725

-

J. Vogt

9.687

9.700

9.800

9.850

9.550

9.750

9.875

9.825

9.675

9.775

9.725

9.850

9.700

8.850

-

C. Kennedy

9.509

9.650

9.750

9.200

9.625

9.725

9.450

-

9.675

-

-

-

9.000

-

-

L. Jeffrey

9.450

-

-

-

-

-

-

8.900

9.725

9.100

9.825

-

-

9.700

-

Uneven Bars

B. Baker

9.314

9.775

9.750

9.050

9.700

9.800

8.150

8.975

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Team

48.710

48.525

48.875

48.475

48.400

48.875

48.725

48.150

48.775

49.100

49.050

49.050

48.525

48.625

-

E. Wheeler

9.779

9.750

9.775

9.775

9.800

9.850

9.825

9.900

9.125

9.800

9.900

9.925

9.850

9.850

9.775

A. Lamb

9.733

9.800

9.700

-

9.850

9.150

9.750

9.800

9.750

9.775

9.800

9.825

9.825

9.775

-

M. Johnson

9.708

9.600

9.725

9.825

9.725

9.775

9.800

9.575

9.650

9.725

9.750

9.650

9.800

9.600

-

C. Kennedy

9.700

9.725

9.650

9.750

9.800

9.675

9.550

9.775

9.675

9.625

9.775

9.650

9.875

9.575

-

A. Click

9.687

9.775

9.475

9.200

9.850

9.750

9.650

9.800

9.775

9.675

9.775

9.700

9.775

9.800

-

J. Vogt

9.550

-

-

9.250

-

-

-

-

-

9.650

9.500

9.375

9.725

9.800

-

Balance Beam

B. Cersosimo

9.447

9.750

9.600

9.675

9.775

9.775

9.725

8.600

8.675

-

-

-

-

-

-

Team

48.704

48.800

48.450

48.275

49.075

48.825

48.750

48.850

47.975

48.625

49.000

48.750

49.075

48.825

-

E. Wheeler

9.850

9.675

9.800

9.800

9.825

9.900

9.875

9.875

9.900

9.900

9.900

9.850

9.875

9.875

9.800

S. Coughlin

9.819

9.750

9.775

9.775

9.700

9.850

9.875

9.800

9.850

9.900

9.875

9.875

9.800

9.825

-

B. Baker

9.746

9.750

9.800

9.675

9.725

9.275

9.675

9.775

9.825

9.875

9.900

9.775

9.800

9.850

-

Floor Exercise

A. Click

9.704

-

9.725

9.050

9.650

9.850

9.800

9.800

9.675

9.850

9.825

9.700

9.775

9.750

-

L. Schultz

9.702

9.550

9.750

9.650

9.175

9.825

9.675

9.825

9.700

9.775

9.775

9.825

9.850

9.750

-

L. Jeffrey

9.464

9.150

9.550

8.825

-

-

9.700

9.850

9.575

9.775

9.775

-

-

8.975

-

M. Chernoch

9.319

-

-

-

9.700

8.975

-

-

-

-

-

9.750

8.850

-

-

A. Lamb

8.200

8.200

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Team

48.813

47.875

48.850

47.950

48.600

48.700

48.925

49.150

48.950

49.300

49.275

49.075

49.100

49.050

-

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SUU Gymnastics History & Records

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Individual Records All-Around 1. Elise Wheeler 2. Elise Wheeler 3. Elise Wheeler 4. Elise Wheeler 5. Elise Wheeler Elise Wheeler Elise Wheeler Carly Geronimo

Score 39.575 39.550 39.500 39.525 39.425 39.425 39.425 39.425

Date 3/19/10 2/26/10 3/12/10 3/14/09 2/15/10 2/6/10 2/20/09 3/13/04

Vault 1. Lindsey Schultz 2. Melissa Johnson Melissa Johnson Lindsey Schultz Elise Wheeler Molly Bauer Molly Bauer 6. Elise Wheeler Elise Wheeler Melissa Johnson Melissa Johnson Nine more tied with

Score Date 9.950 2/20/09 9.925 3/27/10 9.925 2/15/10 9.925 3/14/09 9.925 3/14/09 9.925 3/3/04 9.925 3/29/03 9.900 3/12/10 9.900 2/26/10 9.900 1/30/10 9.900 1/29/10 9.900

Uneven Bars 1. Alyssa Click Elise Wheeler 3. Elise Wheeler Elise Wheeler Elise Wheeler Elise Wheeler Kellie Dangerfield Elise Wheeler Carly Geronimo Ashley Sharpe Erica Burk Erica Burk Julie Grant

Score 9.925 9.925 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900

Date 3/22/10 3/19/10 3/12/10 3/16/09 3/17/08 3/23/07 3/23/07 3/9/07 3/8/04 2/20/04 3/12/01 3/2/01 3/17/97

Balance Beam 1. Elise Wheeler Leah Sakhitab 3. Elise Wheeler Kellie Dangerfield Leah Sakhitab Leah Sakhitab Carly Geronimo Carly Geronimo Talayna Fortunato Talayna Fortunato

Avg. 9.950 9.950 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925

Date 2/23/07 3/3/04 3/22/10 3/6/09 2/9/07 2/11/05 3/3/04 2/27/04 3/29/03 3/21/03

Floor Exercise 1. Carly Geronimo Molly Bauer Sandi Lyman 4. Elise Wheeler Leah Sakhitab Carly Geronimo Sheena Shaw Carly Geronimo Molly Bauer Sandi Lyman Sandi Lyman Sarah Geisler Molly Bauer

Avg. 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925

Date 1/28/05 3/15/04 3/22/02 2/4/08 3/16/07 3/20/04 3/15/04 3/12/04 1/30/04 2/10/03 1/31/03 3/22/02 3/22/02

Carly Geronimo

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Team Records All-Around 1. 196.575 2. 196.350 3. 196.225 4. 196.175 196.175 196.175

Opponent Eastern Michigan CS Fullerton Brigham Young Boise State Boise State Oklahoma

Date 3/3/04 3/19/10 3/8/04 2/11/05 2/27/04 2/20/04

Vault 1. 49.275 49.275 3. 49.200 4. 49.150 5. 49.100

Opponent Boise State Iowa at Boise State Brigham Young 2010 WAC Championships

Date 2/26/10 2/20/09 3/14/09 3/8/04 3/27/10

Uneven Bars 1. 49.150 49.150 3. 49.100 49.100 49.100 5. 49.075 49.075 49.075

Opponent Brigham Young Brigham Young at Utah Southeast Missouri St. Eastern Michigan at Brigham Young Boise State Iowa

Date 3/23/07 3/7/03 3/12/10 2/25/08 3/3/04 2/27/09 2/27/04 2/22/03

Balance Beam 1. 49.400 49.400 3. 49.300 4. 49.275 5. 49.225

Opponent Boise State Eastern Michigan Boise State at Brigham Young Utah State

Date 2/9/07 3/3/04 2/27/04 2/27/09 2/16/04

Floor Exercise 1. 49.525 2. 49.475 3. 49.450 4. 49.425 5. 49.375 49.375

Opponent WGC Championships Brigham Young Utah State WGC Championships Oklahoma Brigham Young

Date 3/22/02 3/15/04 2/10/03 3/20/04 2/20/04 3/24/03

The 2010 team (pictured right) is tied for the school record on vault.

The 2007 Thunderbirds (pictured left) have a pair of team records, including bars and beam.

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Individual Season Highs Year 2010

All-Around 39.600

Vault 9.925

Bars 9.925

Beam 9.925

Floor 9.900

Elise Wheeler

Melissa Johnson

Elise Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

Alyssa Click

Bailey Baker

Shannon Coughlin

2009

39.525

9.950

9.900

9.925

9.900

Elise Wheeler

Lindsey Schultz

Elise Wheeler

Kellie Dangerfield Elise Wheeler

Jenna Vogt

2008

9.925

39.325

9.900

9.900

9.900

Elise Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

Kellie Dangerfield Elise Wheeler

2007

39.300

9.875

9.900

9.950

9.925

Elise Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

Leah Sakhitab

9.875

Kellie Dangerfield

2006

39.175

9.875

9.850

9.850

Sheena Shaw

Rachel Tanner

Ashley Sharpe

Kellie Dangerfield Sheena Shaw

Leah Sakhitab

2005

39.300

9.875

9.875

9.925

Leah Sakhitab

Molly Bauer

Sheena Shaw

Leah Sakhitab

Carly Geronimo

2004

39.425

9.925

9.900

9.950

9.950

9.950

Carly Geronimo

Molly Bauer

Ashley Sharpe

Leah Sakhitab

Molly Bauer

2003

39.275

9.925

9.875

9.925

9.925

Talayna Fortunato Molly Bauer

Carly Geronimo

Talayna Fortunato Sandi Lyman

2002

39.250

9.900

9.875

9.900

9.950

Carly Geronimo

Sandi Lyman

Rachel Thomas

Carly Geronimo

Sandi Lyman

Talayna Fortunato

Erica Burk

2001

39.225

9.775

9.900

9.900

9.900

Heather Slack

Heather Slack

Erica Burk

Suzi Clark

Sara Geisler

9.875

Jayme Morgan

2000

38.975

9.800

9.850

9.825

Caycee Overstreet Megan Maiser

Erica Burk

Suzi Clark

Caycee Overstreet

1999

39.050

9.750

9.825

9.900

9.875

Suzi Clark

Suzi Clark

Heather Slack

Kym Franklin

Suzi Clark

Heather Slack

1998

38.750

9.825

9.850

9.900

Tamara Turley

Dawn Kisselburgh Heather Slack

Bethany Orton

Dawn Kisselburgh

9.825

Kimberly Nomura Dawn Kisselburgh

1997

39.050

9.850

9.900

Kimberly Nomura

Dawn Kisselburgh Julie Grant

Dawn Kisselburgh Dawn Kisselburgh

1996

38.900

9.900

9.825

9.900

Julie Grant

Dawn Kisselburgh Julie Grant

Julie Grant

Stacy Cather

9.800

9.875

Melissa Johnson

9.900

Jenn Noble

Julie Grant

1995

39.050

9.775

Angie Gunnell

Dawn Kisselburgh Angie Gunnell

9.850

Julie Grant

Angie Gunnell

1994

38.350

9.475

9.650

9.775

9.600

9.850

9.875

Jill Eagles

Jill Eagles

Janica Hayes

Jill Eagles

Jill Eagles

1993

38.650

9.600

9.800

9.850

9.800

Julie Aguirre

Julie Aguirre

Julie Aguirre

Kim Francis

Jodi McKay

Kim Francis

1992

9.800

38.250

9.550

9.750

9.750

Julie Aguirre

Jodi McKay

Lisa Gomez

Kim Francis

Kim Francis

1991

38.050

9.500

9.450

9.600

9.700

Julie Aguirre

Julie Aguirre

Julie Aguirre

Julie Aguirre

Kim Francis

1990

37.300

9.550

9.450

9.550

9.600

Lisa Gomez

Jodi McKay

Lisa Gomez

Anne Goldberg

Jenny Ekins

1989

35.150

9.150

9.150

9.050

9.300

R. Abromowitz

Cindy Petersen

R. Abromowitz

Tina Morgan

Cindy Petersen

Tina Morgan

1988

34.850

8.950

8.750

8.450

9.350

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cori Conkle

Cori Conkle

Cindy Petersen

9.000

Cindy Petersen

1987

35.700

8.950

8.850

9.300

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

1986

33.550

8.900

8.250

8.550

8.800

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

1985

33.000

8.800

8.200

8.450

9.000

Jennifer Walke

Karen Smith

Jennifer Walke

Terri Sodja

Karen Smith

1984

33.000

8.800

8.200

8.450

9.000

Jennifer Walke

Karen Smith

Jennifer Walke

Terri Sodja

Karen Smith

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Individual Average Leaders Year

All-Around

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

2010

32.283

9.860

9.838

9.779

9.850

Elise Wheeler

Melissa Johnson Elise Wheeler

Eilse Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

2009

39.043

9.796

9.808

9.748

Elise Wheeler

Melissa Johnson Elise Wheeler

Eilse Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

2008

38.841

9.802

9.688

9.730

9.738

Elise Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

Elise Wheeler

Ari Lamb

Shannon Coughlin

2007

38.915

9.740

9.750

9.679

9.775

9.749

Leah Sakhitab

Elise Wheeler

Leah Sakhitab

Leah Sakhitab

Elise Wheeler

2006

38.80

9.74

9.78

9.75

9.78

Sheena Shaw

Sheena Shaw

Ashley Sharpe

Kellie Dangerfield Sheena Shaw

2005

38.89

9.77

9.70

9.75

Leah Sakhitab

Sabrina Gourley Sheena Shaw

Leah Sakhitab

Carly Geronimo

2004

38.85

9.76

9.83

9.88

9.71

9.84

Leah Sakhitab

Molly Bauer

Ashley Sharpe

Carly Geronimo

Molly Bauer

2003

38.89

9.79

9.82

9.75

9.88

Talayna Fortunato Molly Bauer

Talayna Fortunato Jessiann Andrus

Sandi Lyman

2002

38.95

9.73

9.84

9.70

9.84

Carly Geronimo

Molly Bauer

Jessiann Andrus

Carly Geronimo

Sandi Lyman

2001

38.80

9.66

9.72

9.68

9.76

Heather Slack

Heather Slack

Heather Slack

Suzi Clark

Sandi Lyman

2000

38.52

9.68

9.74

9.62

9.72

Suzi Clark

Sara Geisler

Erica Burk

Suzi Clark

Suzi Clark

1999

38.46

9.63

9.68

9.64

9.76

Heather Slack

Harmony Greene Heather Slack

Kym Franklin

Suzi Clark

1998

37.74

9.73

9.73

9.71

Kimberly Nomura Dawn Kisselburgh Heather Slack

Bethany Orton

Heather Slack

1997

38.08

9.65

9.69

9.69

9.68 9.77

Tamara Turley

Dawn Kisselburgh Julie Grant

Tamara Turley

Dawn Kisselburgh

1996

38.15

9.75

9.55

9.63

Julie Grant

Dawn Kisselburgh Julie Grant

Julie Grant

Julie Grant

1995

38.31

9.55

9.62

9.45

9.70

Angie Gunnell

Angie Gunnell

Angie Gunnell

Julie Grant

Angie Gunnell

1994

37.38

9.36

9.32

9.44

9.45

9.67

Jill Eagles

Jill Eagles

Janica Hayes

Jill Eagles

Jill Eagles

1993

37.88

9.40

9.51

9.57

9.72

Julie Aguirre

Julie Aguirre

Lisa Gomez

Kim Francis

Jodi McKay

1992

37.48

9.34

9.42

9.40

9.60

Jodi McKay

Jodi McKay

Julie Aguirre

Kim Francis

Kim Francis

1991

37.03

9.35

9.18

9.19

9.39

Julie Aguirre

Julie Aguirre

Julie Aguirre

Julie Aguirre

Kim Francis

1990

35.83

9.30

8.91

8.83

9.21

Mika Whiddon

Jodi McKay

Lisa Selby

Jenny Ekins

Jenny Ekins

1989

33.74

8.94

8.19

8.44

9.11

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Marla Husky

Tina Morgan

Cindy Petersen

1988

33.42

8.76

7.86

7.97

9.15

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

R. Abromowitz

Cori Conkle

Cindy Petersen

1987

33.92

8.68

8.10

8.40

8.74

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

1986

32.64

8.67

7.43

7.93

8.61

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

Cindy Petersen

1985

30.71

8.32

7.59

7.45

8.29

Jennifer Walke

Karen Smith

Jennifer Walke

Terri Sodja

Terri Sodja

1984

31.02

8.10

8.04

6.91

8.13

Brenda Shaw

Brenda Shaw

Brenda Shaw

Brenda Shaw

Jennifer Walke

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Elise Wheeler


Team Season Highs

2008 Year 2010

Overall 196.350

Vault 49.275

Bars 49.100

Beam 49.075

Floor 49.300

Year 1996

Overall 194.200

Vault 48.550

Bars 48.275

Beam 48.775

Floor 48.850

2009

195.675

49.275

49.075

49.275

49.200

1995

192.775

48.300

48.750

48.300

48.800

2008

195.225

48.875

49.150

49.400

49.200

1994

185.875

46.225

46.800

47.160

47.475

2007

195.225

48.875

49.150

49.400

49.200

1993

192.000

47.650

48.400

48.200

48.450

2006

195.125

48.975

48.825

48.725

48.975

1992

189.900

46.250

48.000

47.900

48.300

2005

196.175

49.025

48.950

49.200

49.300

1991

185.550

46.600

45.400

45.900

47.950

2004

196.575

49.150

49.100

49.400

49.475

1990

182.500

46.850

45.250

45.450

46.500

2003

195.975

48.900

49.150

49.150

49.450

1989

168.350

44.700

39.950

42.400

43.700

2002

196.000

48.825

48.875

49.125

49.525

1988

166.350

43.650

41.650

39.700

42.500

2001

195.300

48.575

48.950

48.750

49.275

1987

163.250

42.700

41.280

40.550

41.450

2000

194.425

48.450

48.875

48.575

48.825

1986

152.800

42.200

33.550

39.300

41.100

1999

193.800

48.200

48.600

48.775

49.050

1985

159.000

41.300

36.900

39.950

42.800

1998

193.600

48.225

48.650

48.925

48.625

1984

147.750

42.050

35.650

35.950

41.300

1997

194.475

48.700

48.925

48.650

49.200

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Team Season Averages Year 2010

Overall 195.181

Vault 48.942

Bars 48.710

Beam 48.704

Floor 48.813

Year 1996

Overall 191.08

Vault 47.92

Bars 47.47

Beam 47.66

Floor 48.03

2009

194.321

48.737

48.415

48.550

48.623

1995

189.46

47.22

47.24

47.24

47.75

2008

194.483

48.598

48.723

48.515

48.646

1994

184.07

45.62

45.64

46.30

46.52

2007

193.096

48.229

48.550

48.021

48.315

1993

188.64

46.26

47.24

47.04

48.01

2006

193.74

48.35

48.62

48.17

48.61

1992

186.31

45.45

46.80

46.50

47.56

2005

194.46

48.65

48.29

48.55

49.04

1991

182.16

46.25

44.40

44.96

46.52

2004

194.97

48.40

48.64

48.77

49.17

1990

179.38

45.95

43.58

43.77

45.31

2003

194.47

48.61

48.63

48.60

49.14

1989

165.32

43.34

38.51

40.48

42.98

2002

193.81

48.33

48.36

48.13

48.98

1988

156.18

41.39

38.71

37.57

41.51

2001

193.01

47.96

48.28

48.24

48.60

1987

153.93

41.52

37.63

37.91

36.83

2000

192.51

48.23

48.24

47.76

48.30

1986

147.78

40.76

31.86

35.68

39.50

1999

192.16

47.72

47.88

48.10

48.45

1985

150.94

40.48

34.95

35.51

39.99

1998

191.99

47.77

47.46

48.07

48.69

1984

147.75

40.45

34.20

33.52

39.58

1997

191.81

48.14

47.78

47.73

48.16

2004

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SUU Honor Roll

Julie Aguirre

Jessiann Andrus

Cris Becker

Molly Bauer

Erica Burk

Stacy Cather

Suzi Clark

Kellie Dangerfield

Jill Eagles

Talayna Fortunato

Kim Francis

Kym Franklin

Julie Grant

Angie Gunnell

Janica Hayes

Melissa Johnson

Carly Geronimo -ARobin Abramowitz Alexys Aben Julie Aguirre Jessiann Andrus -BNancy Barr Molly Bauer Cris Becker Sylvia Bennett Shannon Bogart Rachel Bridges Maika Brockbank Erica Burk Tiffin Butcher -CAngela (Wilkinson) Carter Stacy (Fullmer) Cather Brooke Cersosimo Michaela Chernoch Suzi Clark Alyssa Click Cori Conkle Shannon Coughlin Megan Crane Nicole Cummings

Lisa Gomez 1987-1989 2011-Current 1991-1993 2001-2005

1984-1986 2002-2005 1990-1993 1990 1994-1996 2000 1996-1999 1999-2002 1987-1988

1988-1989 1993-1996 2009-Current 2010-Current 1998-2001 2010-Current 1988 2008-Current 2002-2003 2004-2006

-DKellie Dangerfield Taryn Dettmann Jodi (Miller) DeWald Tehani Douglas

2006-2009 1996-1997 1997-1999 2005-2008

-EJill Eagles Teresa Elkins Bailey Ellsworth (Olsen)

1991-1994 1987 2007-2009

-FKolbee Feese Talayna Fortunato Julie Fotheringham Kim Francis Kym Franklin

2009 2002-2003 1997 1990-1993 1996-1999

-GJanice Gabehart Shayla Garcia Sarah Geisler Carly Geronimo Keesha Glauser Anne Goldberg Mika Goldstein Lisa Gomez (Silcox) Michelle Goodwin (Gates)

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1993-1994 2007 2000-2003 2002-2005 2005 1990-1992 1990-1993 1990-1993 1984-1986

Julie (Talbot) Grant Alisa Green Holly Green Harmony Greene Gaby Grey Elizabeth Grindstaff Angie Gunnell

1994-1997 1998-2000 2000 1999-2002 2009 1985 1995

-HJanica Hayes Kerri Heninger Katie Hicks Laura Hollinger Charity (Wink) Horne Marla Husky

1994-1996 1995-1998 2006-2009 2008-2009 2003-2004 1988-1989

-JLauren Jeffrey Jody Johnson Melissa Johnson Mindy Johnson Tiffany Jones Tiffany Jones (Jorgensen) Terri Judd

2009-Current 1993-1994 2007-2010 1993-1994 2004 1993-1994 1984

-KCaitlin Kennedy Karen Keyes (Harrington)

2010-Current 1985


SUU Honor Roll

Dawn Kisselburgh

Sandi Lyman

Erin Morgan

Jodi McKay

Cindy Peterson

Sheena Shaw

Leah Sakhitab

Heather Slack

Terri Sodja

Susie Specht

Rachel Tanner

Tamara Turley

Kara King Dawn Kisselburgh -LAriel Lamb Jess Langley Tiana Lund Sandi (Crosby) Lyman

1999-2000 1995-1998

2008-Current 2004-2007 2009 2001-2003

-MSabrina Madsen (Gourly) 2004-2005 Megan Maiser 2000-2001 Kim Marquart 2005-2006 Anne Marshall (Anderson) 1992-1994 Holly Martinson 2004 Jodi McKay 1990-1993 Alissa Mitchell 2007-2009 Rebecca Mitchell (Christensen) 2001 Yolanda Montoya 1984-85 Rebecca Moore 2011-Current Erin Morgan 2005-2009 Jayme Morgan 2000-2003 Tina Morgan 1986-1989 -NJennifer Nguyen Jenny (Ekins) Nielson Jennifer Noble

2011-Current 1990-1991 1996-1997

Jennifer Walke

Elise Wheeler

1998 2000-2003 1991

2005 1986-1989 1996-1998 1989

-TRachel Tanner Rachel Thomas Stacy Tomson Tamara Turley

2003-2006 1999-2003 1990 1996-1999

-OBethany Orten Cayce Overstreet Stacie Oveson -PMandi Page Cindy Peterson Rachel Peterson Amy Poulton

1986 1991

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Through the years, many Thunderbird gymnasts have distinguished themselves, both on and off the competition floor. The gymnasts pictured have all made a significant contribution to Southern Utah gymnastics. To be included on the honor roll, a former SUU gymnast made either a supreme personal sacrifice for the team, advanced to the NCAA post-season competition or was a team-leader on multiple events for multiple seasons.

1984-1986 2005 1990-1993 1990-1992 1997 2005

1995-1998

-SLeah Sakhitab Lindsey Schultz Anna Schumacher Charlotte Scott Lisa Selby Ashley Sharpe Brenda Shaw Sheena Shaw (Hammer) Heather Slack Karen Smith

Kimberly Nomura

Terri Sodja Lindsay Sotack Susie Specht (McCunniff) Becky Stonebrink Kendra Stucki Lindsay Summerhays

Kimberly Nomura (Kershaw)

-RElizabeth Ramsey Nikki Rothfuss

Jayme Morgan

2004-2007 2007-Current 2009-Current 2002 1990-1991 2004-2006 1984 2003-2006 1998-2001 1984-1985

-VJenna Vogt Doniele Volopich -WJennifer Walke Elise Wheeler Mika Whiddon (Goldstein) Katie Wimer -YCacey Yeates (Mackelprang)

2008-Current 2011-Current

1984-1987 2007-2010 1990-1992 2007

1988


Elise Wheeler Three-Time NCAA National Qualifier Three-time NCAA All-American Southern Utah’s First NCAA Gymnastics All-American

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women captured the Summit League cross country title while the gymnastics team took home the Western Athletic Conference trophy. Several teams on campus advanced to the conference tournament in their respective sports with a collection of individual athletes garnering all-tournament and all-conference honors. The SUU gymnastics team has been represented in NCAA post-season competi-

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tion every year since 1991. This past season, Southern Utah was represented at the NCAA National Championships in gymnastics as well as indoor and outdoor track & field. Southern Utah football has claimed three FCS rushing titles over the past decade. Pictured Nick Freitas - Two-time all-Summit League peformer and 2009 draft pick of the

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Minnesota Twins Nick Miller - Led the nation in all-purpose yards in 2008. Currently plays for the Oakland Raiders. Challis Pascucci - 2010 all-Summit League honoree Jess Baumgartner - 2007 Cross Country NCAA All-American (Third Place) Nate Page

Marci Pratt - Two-time Summit League Player of the Year Kristi Koplin - 2010 NCAA National Championship Qualifier Elise Wheeler - Three-time All-American, 2009 Regional and WAC Gymnast of the Year Fred House - Mid-Continent Conference MVP Nate Page - 2009 NCAA National Championship Qualifier Kristen Fronk

Ksusha Nazarova - Two-time all-Summit League performer Analaine Pelaez - 2010 Summit League Freshman of the Year David Palmer - Named Japan Basketball League MVP Kristen Fronk - Two-time all-Summit League honoree

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Ken Beazer SUU Athletic Director

Ken Beazer was named Southern Utah’s Athletic Director on Dec. 21, 2005 and took the reins of the program Jan. 2, 2006. Beazer came to Southern Utah from Utah

Bobby Alworth Media Relations

Debby Baker Head Volleyball Coach

Marlene Barth Academic Coordinator

Scott Bauman Head Gymnastics Coach

Dan Bennion Strength & Conditioning

Todd Brown Assoc. AD/Compliance

Richard Church Head Golf Coach

Kyle Cottam Media Relations

David Eldredge Head Baseball Coach

Neil Gardner Asst. AD/Media Relations

Dr. Deborah Hill Faculty Athletic Rep.

Eric Houle Head XC/T&F Coach

Kit Janes Eligibility Specialist

Ed Lamb Head Football Coach

Lenny Lee Head Tennis Coach

Kyle Magnusson Head Softball Coach

Ricky Mendini Assoc. AD/Sports Medicine

JR Payne Head WBB Coach

Roger Reid Head MBB Coach

Suzie Rowley KP Sports Marketing

Shon Spevak Ticket Manager

State University, where he has served as director of athletic development for the past fourplus years. While at USU, Beazer developed and initiated the largest capital campaign in the history of the school’s athletic department, including fund-raising for a planned $25 million renovation of Romney Stadium. Prior to his time at Utah State, Beazer spent nine years at Snow College, the first three as defensive coordinator on the football coaching staff and the final six – from 1995 to 2001 – as the school’s director of athletics. As a coach his teams ranked among the NJCAA’s top five defenses two of his three seasons, while as AD at Snow he implemented the college’s first Athletic Foundation Board as well as an annual giving program. He also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant football coach at Washington State University. Beazer is a 1989 graduate of Weber State University with a degree in broadcast communication. He also holds a master of arts degree in communication from Washington State, as well as an associate of arts in the same field from Snow College. Beazer and his wife, Cidnee, are the parents of four children: Rhett, Adrienne, Jadon and Harrison. Ken Beazer on SUU Athletics: Southern Utah University is truly a place where academics come first. The strong academic commitment of the staff and coaches is manifest in the overall academic accomplishments our teams achieve on an annual basis. The University’s strong academic emphasis, coupled with the dedicated efforts of the student athletes, allows the Athletics Department to continually post high marks in the classroom. The academic climate offered at SUU enables the institution to attract and retain high quality student athletes with sound character and a clear understanding of personal responsibility. Thunderbird Athletics was recently rewarded by its fellow institutions with an unprecedented, fourth consecutive Mid-Continent Conference Sportsmanship Award, setting a new standard by which all institutions are now measured. Southern Utah is fortunate to have a great relationship with the community, bringing new meaning to the term, “campus community.” Cedar City residents are hospitable, friendly and eager to serve, creating an ideal setting for personal growth. Thunderbird student athletes readily accept their responsibility of role models and spent countless hours in the local schools mentoring children. Southern Utah University’s commitment to athletics is manifest in its first class athletic facilities, providing the necessary amenities for a student athlete to achieve his/her athletic goals and compete at higher levels. Southern Utah University is an ideal place to achieve academic and athletic excellence and reach the high expectations we all have. Southern Utah University is one of the best Brian Stock Head Soccer Coach

locations to experience a true college atmosphere.

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Teshia Williams Administrative Asst.


Dr. Michael T. Benson Southern Utah University President

Michael T. Benson was appointed the 15th president of Southern Utah University on November 10, 2006, by the Utah State Board of Regents. Dr. Benson came to SUU from Snow College where he served as president for five years. Prior to his tenure in Ephraim, Dr. Benson was special assistant to the president and secretary to the University of Utah, a cabinet-level position on that campus. During his presidency at Snow, athletic teams excelled, winning several conference championships and finishing near the top of national rankings. He was instrumental in establishing America’s premier junior college football bowl game, the Zions Bank Top of the Mountains Bowl, played each December in Salt Lake City. Dr. Benson currently serves as Chair of the Presidents’ Council for the Summit League. President Benson is the father of four children, Emma, Samuel, Truman Taft, and Tatum Anne. He and his wife Debi, along with the kids, are regularly seen around campus and at all types of sporting events. An accomplished athlete, Dr. Benson was captain of the East High School basketball team and one of four sophomores on the team that won the 1981 Utah State championship. He turned down track scholarships as a senior at East to enroll at Brigham Young University on a leadership scholarship, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in political science, English, and history while playing on the junior varsity basketball team. He has also competed in the worlds oldest rivalry, serving as a player/coach in leading Oxford University over Cambridge in the 1994 Varsity Basketball Match. President Benson has completed several marathons with his best time (2:41) winning his age division at the St. George Marathon. In 1984, Michael was one of only 19 teenagers to compete in the Boston Marathon, with his finishing time of 2:52 placing him in the top 15% of all registered runners. While President of Snow College, he ran the St. George Marathon again, this time raising over $50,000 for the athletic department. He currently maintains a seven handicap in his favorite sport, golf. Dr. Benson holds a doctorate in modern Middle Eastern History from Oxford University. His criticallyacclaimed book, Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel has led to many lecturing and consulting opportunities. Michael regularly leads tour groups to the Middle East where he is eager to share his love for and knowledge of the region. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in non-profit administration at the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame. The Bensons are delighted to be at Southern Utah University and look forward to supporting Thunderbird student-athletes for many years to come.

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Dear Thunderbird Fans and Supporters: One of America’s great coaches once said, “The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.” All of us at Southern Utah University are committed to helping our student-athletes as they prepare to win on their respective fields and courts of competition. But more importantly, we are committed to helping them acquire those tools, experiences, and skills that will help them succeed in life and their life’s work. I thank you for your continued commitment to SUU and its many outstanding athletic programs which now number 17 – the second highest number of Division I sports programs offered in the entire State of Utah. For all those who enjoy a football Saturday on a beautiful fall day in the shadow of Cedar Mountain, the benefits of Division I athletics in our community are innumerable. From the dollars spent by visiting teams and fans in our local places of business to the positive media coverage generated by our studentathletes, the University is the beneficiary of these and other positive by-products of the substantial investment in our athletic program. Donors and alumni are even more proud of their association with the University when they see a return on their donated dollars in the form of success on the field and in the classroom. Excellence in athletics will continue to be an investment we are willing to make at Southern Utah University. In addition to those student-athletes who learn invaluable lessons in both the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” athletics provide excellent participation opportunities for students in bands, cheer squads, dance teams, trainers, marketing interns, and many more. Our student athletes also represent a large percentage of the geographic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious diversity on campus which, I believe, enhances and enriches the academic and social experience of ALL our students. I heartily commend our athletic director, Ken Beazer, and his able and committed staff for their superb stewardship of the funds directed toward athletics. I also wish to thank all the academic and support staff who regularly monitor the progress of our student-athletes to ensure their commitment to “prepare to win” while at SUU and well beyond. Thank you for your support of Southern Utah University and the proud Thunderbird tradition. Yours sincerely, President Michael Benson

Back Row (L to R): Dorian Page,Vice President of Finances; Michael Carter, Assistant Attorney General; Dean O’Driscoll,Vice President for University Relations; Dialea Adams, President’s Office Administrative Assistant; Stuart Jones,Vice President for Advancement Front Row (L to R): Donna Eddleman,Vice President of Student Services; Dr. Bradley Cook, Provost; Dr. Michael T. Benson, SUU President; Ken Beazer, SUU Athletic Director; Wesley Curtis,Vice Presiden for Government Relations and Regional Services

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SUU Gymnastics Practice Facility The Jay Dee and Alice C. Harris Center houses Southern Utah University’s gymnastics training facility, one of the most advanced training facilities in the nation. Boasting a complete array of gymnastics training equipment and spotting systems, the center is constantly being upgraded to keep pace with the latest innovations in gymnastics training. Currently, the center houses four complete pit systems, upgraded prior to the 2010 season, and an in-floor trampoline. The pit systems provide the ultimate in safety while accommodating training in the most advanced gymnastics techniques. Even gymnastics skills of the highest difficulty can be practiced in the facility with reasonable safety. The facility’s floor, vaults, beams and bars are the most advanced equipment available and will easily allow a squad of 16 gymnasts to work out unencumbered by other athletes. Indeed, the pavilion holds up to 150 youth gymnasts during summer camps and club workouts. Opened in June of 1990, the center is named in recognition of longtime SUU supporters Jay Dee and Alice C. Harris and is the centerpiece of the ongoing expansion of Southern Utah University’s Coliseum complex. The Harris Center houses Southern Utah’s athletic department offices in its west wing, while the east wing is the home of the recentlyopened Charlie and Renee Norton Strength & Conditioning Center, a 3,300 square-foot facility containing over 4.5 tons of strength and conditioning equipment.

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Southern Utah University Centrum Arena When Southern Utah University’s 5,300-seat Centrum was completed in 1985, it was hoped the state-of-the-art sports facility would push the Thunderbirds to the highest level of collegiate sports. The facility hosts the women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s gymnastics programs. The Centrum was a key factor in SUU’s jump to the NCAA Division I ranks and played a large role in Southern Utah’s bid to join the Mid-Continent Conference (now Summit League). Since opening in November of 1985, the Centrum has attracted thousands of people to Cedar City for Thunderbird sports, concerts and numerous other athletic and performing arts events. The facility - which covers six acres and cost just over $8 million to build - is part of the Sharwan Smith Center, which houses the SUU Bookstore, Grand Ballroom, food services and all of the student services offices. The concourse of the Centrum houses SUTV studios, the basketball offices, academic offices and numerous art studios.

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Southern Utah University is a comprehensive institution offering programs for students with many interests and goals. The University provides undergraduate liberal education in the arts, humanities and sciences; authorized professional work in teacher education, business and technology; and specialized training in vocational teacher education. SUU has been accorded a host of outstanding academic honors in recent years. Consumer Reports named the University among its Top Ten in its list of quality and value in colleges and universities in America for the second time in three years this past summer. The Princeton Review tabbed SUU as a Best Value Institution last spring, while U.S. News and World Report listed the University as one of America’s Best Colleges in 2007. The Princeton Review has also named SUU as one of its “Best In The West,” and Southern Utah’s website was named a top-10 site by the National Research Center for College and University Admissions. SUU students select their courses from departments and programs in the School of Business; College of Computing, Integrated Engineering and Technology; School of Continuing and Professional Studies; Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Library; College of Performing and Visual Arts; College of Science; and College of Graduate Studies. More than 600 faculty and staff members serve SUU’s 7,516 undergraduate and graduate students. Academic programs in business, teacher education, industrial education and theatre arts have received wide acclaim for their excellence. Affiliated with the university are a number of cultural arts and performing groups which support the mission of SUU. SUU is also home to the Utah Shakespearean Festival with its Adams Memorial Theatre, based upon the original Globe Theatre; and the Randall Jones Theatre, one of the finest indoor theatres in the West. Southern Utah facilities are also used extensively during the month in June as home for the Utah Summer Games. Campus facilities range from the ivy-covered Old Main and Braithwaite Liberal Arts Center, built in 1898 and 1899; to the Dixie Leavitt Business Building; to the Sharwan Smith Center, a multi-purpose facility which houses the Centrum Arena – SUU’s basketball and gymnastics venue – as well as classrooms, the university’s student union, bookstore and various offices. The university opened a state-of-the-art library in 1996, while the Eccles Coliseum, the University’s football and track stadium, has undergone a complete renovation in the recent past, including new grandstands, office areas, a new press box and a new track. Another exciting development was the physical education complex, which serves the entire studentbody with state-of-the art athletic and recreational facilities. The newest additions on campus include the Emma Eccles Jones Teacher Education Building and the Carter Carillon Tower. The university also owns and operates a 1,000-acre farm in western Cedar Valley and a 3,700-acre ranch in Cedar Canyon.

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Because of their proximity and grandeur and formal educational alliance with Southern Utah University, Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument are claimed by SUU students as part of their campus. Geology, life science and a variety of academic fields plan trips to take advantage of these national treasures in addition to Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef and Great Basin National Parks, which are also close by. The University’s skiing classroom is at 11,300-foot Brian Head Ski Resort, less than an hour away, while the recreational opportunities offered by Lake Powell are less than two hours away. SUU has a history unique in the annals of American higher education. In 1897, the entire population of Cedar City, then a small pioneer town, engaged in the building of Old Main, the first building of the University. Beginning the project in mid-winter because of a harsh deadline imposed the the legislature, the men and women of the community donated materials, money and labor to complete the building on time. Today the university campus has grown to comprise 133 acres, landscaped with fountains, tall spruce and pine trees, plazas, statuary, latticed walkways and expansive lawns.

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Athletics is an important part of your life right now. But what will you do when your playing days are over? Southern Utah University can help you prepare for a successful career in a variety of fields. SUU offers four master’s programs and over 120 bachelor’s programs in its six schools and colleges, as well as a range of certificates, associate’s and pre-professional degrees a wide variety of disciplines. School of Applied Science and Technology The SUU School of Applied Science and Technology offers 20 major courses of study as well as minors and pre-professional degrees in 26 additional areas. The Southern Utah Crime Laboratory is housed here and the State Criminologist teaches in the Criminal Justice Program. SUU’s technology education degree is the only program in the western United States with a career technical emphasis.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences SUU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers 20 major areas of study. Graduates of the College can boast an acceptance rate above 90 percent in acceptance to accredited law schools over the past dozen years. SUU’s campus newspaper, The University Journal, has won more awards over the past 12 years than any university newspaper in 14 western states and the departments of english and foreign language have an award-winning faculty, including Utah’s Poet Laureate of Utah, department head David Lee.

College of Education

College of Performing and Visual Arts SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts offers an MFA in arts administration as well as bachelor’s degrees in 15 areas of specialization. Professional affiliations include the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival, the American Folk Ballet and the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. The MFA program is the only one of its kind in the western USA. College of Science Home to 27 major areas of study, the SUU College of Science has seen 88 percent of its graduates who applied to professional pharmacy schools and 72 percent of its graduates applying to medical schools accepted. The national acceptance rate for pharmacy schools is 25 percent while the national rate for medical schools is 38 percent.

The SUU College of Education offers a master’s degree as well as four primary majors with 15 areas of specialization. The SUU physical education department – known as “The Coaching Factory” because of the success of its graduates – is housed in the newest and most modern facility in Utah. One of the finest facilities of its type in the west, the Sorenson Physical Education Building houses an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three basketball courts, five racquetball courts, state-of-th-art kinesiology and exercise laboratories as well as technologyequipped classrooms.

“Student-Athletes are held to a high standard of academic achievement which includes NCAA eligibility requirements. SUU is proud of the advisement and support services provided by our department and the University. This support is intended to insure academic success and progress towards graduation. Thunderbird Athletes have access to their own academic center and specialty advisors in each college. Advisement is designed to assist student-athletes with the transition into college and with continuing progress towards academic goals.” • Todd Brown,

School of Business In addition to master’s degrees in accountancy and business administration, the SUU School of Business offers bachelor’s degrees in nine majors with an additional 11 areas of specialization. SUU’s undergraduates consistently score in or above the 80th percentile on the ETS national field exam, including outstanding marks in the 90th and 96th percentile in finance and economics, respectively. SUU also offers a Military Science program through Army ROTC

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Located in the heart of southern Utah’s Color Country, Cedar City has received numerous “Best Places To Live In The USA” awards over the years. A vital, growing mountain community with four distinct seasons, Cedar City boasts 310 clear days a year. Cedar City has a population of 22,000 while surrounding Iron County has 35,000 residents. The home of Southern Utah University, Cedar City is also home to the American Folk Ballet and the Utah Shakespearean Festival (both affiliated with the University), as well as the Iron Mission State Park, Cedar Ridge Golf Course and a variety of recreational facilities including four city parks, two baseball/softball complexes and a bicycle/walking path, all within minutes of the SUU campus.

Within an easy day’s drive are five national parks – Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Great Basin and Capitol Reef – several state parks and recreation areas and a host of hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational opportunities, including Brian Head Ski Resort, just a 45-minute drive from campus. Cedar City is also one of the safest places in the country, as Utah is consistently rated as one of the nation’s safest states and Iron County is perennially one of the state’s safest counties.

Cedar City is located in the heart of southwest Utah. Located along Interstate 15, Cedar City and Iron County are accessible to 38 million people within an eight hour drive.

Reno 385 Miles

San Francisco 556 Miles

Los Angeles 446 Miles

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Salt Lake City 253 Miles

Las Vegas 172 Miles

Cedar City

Phoenix 398 Miles

Denver 596 Miles


2011 Schedule January 7

at Utah State *

March Logan, Utah

7 pm

4

at Boise State *

Boise, Idaho

7 pm

14

UCLA

Cedar City, Utah 7 pm

7

Auburn w/ BYU

Cedar City, Utah 7 pm

21

Sacramento State *

Cedar City, Utah 7 pm

12

Iowa w/ Utah State

Cedar City, Utah 7 pm

29

at BYU w/ Iowa St. & Utah St. Provo, Utah

19

WAC Championships

San Jose, Calif.

6 pm

4

Utah State *&

Cedar City, Utah 7 pm

2

NCAA Regionals

TBA

6 pm

15-17 NCAA Nationals

TBA

6 pm

Noon

February

April

11

at CS-Fullerton *

Fullerton, Calif.

18

San Jose State *

Cedar City, Utah 7 pm

7 pm

25

at Missouri

Columbia, Mo.

7 pm

* - Denotes Western Athletic Conference Meet & - Denotes Breast Cancer Awareness Meet

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2011 SUU Gymnastics Media Guide