Armijo Narrowly Misses Nationals Bid as T-Birds Conclude Season
NORMAN, Okla. - Southern Utah University went a perfect 24-for-24 on Saturday afternoon, wrapping up the 2013 season with a fifth-place 194.850 at the NCAA Regionals in Norman, Okla. Sophomore Jamie Armijo
recorded the T-Birds top finish, third place on the uneven bars, narrowly missing a berth at the NCAA Championships by less than half a tenth.
SUU finished its night on bars as Armijo anchored the lineup and scored a 9.875, finishing .025 behind Oklahoma's Taylor Spears and Rebecca Clark who won the event with a 9.900. Armijo was set up by a pair of 9.800's from Caitlin Kennedy
and Arlyn Amor
. They were preceded by matching 9.75's from Rochelle Bernier
and Michaela Chernoch
, leading to the T-Birds' meet-best 48.975 team score.
Southern Utah opened the competition on balance beam, scoring a 48.475 and improved its team score in each subsequent rotation. The T-Birds were led on beam by a quartet of 9.700's from Armijo, Chernoch, Ana Jaworski
and Natalie Trejo
. Kennedy's 9.675 capped the Thunderbirds' total on the event.
SUU moved to floor for its next rotation, finishing the event strong with three of its top marks. Chernoch, Armijo and Carly Sigler
led the T-Birds with matching 9.750's. Sigler appeared on the floor for only the second time this season, capping the rotation with her 9.750 and marking a new career high after filling in for an ailing Caitlin Kennedy
. Brittney Jensen
and Jaworski rounded out Southern Utah's 48.575 on the event with a 9.725 and 9.600, respectively.
Amor led the T-Birds during their next rotation on vault, starting the event with a team-best 9.825. She was followed by a 9.775 from Bernier, a pair of 9.750's from Armijo and Jensen and a 9.725 from Baylie Divino
. Southern Utah finished the event with a 48.825.
"I couldn't have asked for anything more from our girls tonight," head coach Scott Bauman
said. "They went 24-for-24 and 18 of those routines came from our freshmen and sophomores. This will be a great experience for them and we are really looking forward to next year."
Armijo led Southern Utah in the all-around with a 39.075, finishing tied for seventh, and was followed by Chernoch with a 38.900.
The University of Oklahoma and Stanford finished first and second at the meet to punch their tickets to the NCAA National Championships after scoring a 197.375 and 196.800, respectively. The University of Washington (195.925) and Penn State (195.875) finished third and fourth, respectively, with the University of Iowa finishing sixth with a team score of 194.475.