Southern Utah's Julie Talbot posted a career-best 38.900 to win her third all-around title in four meets this year, but Utah State rallied in the final rotation to take a 193.275-192.775 victory in college women's gymnastics Monday night at the Centrum.
Southern Utah's score tied the school-record, while USU's mark ties the fifth-best in school-history.The Aggies trailed all night as Southern Utah posted school-records on both vault (48.550) and beam (48.650) while hitting SUU's fourth-best mark on bars (48.275). But Utah State rose to the occasion in the final rotation, posting the third-best beam mark in school-history (48.650), while the T-Birds stumbled to a 47.300 on floor.
"I'm very proud of the way the girls came through for us on beam tonight," USU coach Ray Corn said. "We were fortunate to come out of there with a win, but our girls came up big when they needed to. Southern Utah has a very good team."
Southern Utah Coach Scott Bauman couldn't help but point out the irony of his team's failure to deliver on floor.
"We beat them, not by much, but we beat them on three of four events, then we struggle on what has been our strongest event all year," he said. "I'm very proud of our girls though. We finally showed what kind of vault team we can be . . . our bars team came together tonight . . . (and) we had another outstanding night on beam.
"This meet will really help our girls confidence," Bauman added. "They showed themselves they can compete with a top-10 team and Utah State is without a doubt a top-10 team."
Southern Utah started off the night in record fashion as five of six vaulters posted career-highs, paced by Dawn Kisselburgh's school-record 9.900, the first 9.900 in any event in the school's history.
Three Thunderbirds posted personal-bests on bars as Talbot and Utah State's Jessica Porter tied for first place with 9.800 scores, and four more T-Birds posted their bests on beam, paced by freshman Tamara Turley's meet-best 9.800.
Although three more Thunderbirds tied career-highs on floor led by Talbot's meet-high 9.800 three more struggled, with the Thunderbirds counting one fall and three out-of-bounds penalties in the final score.
Utah State improved to 2-2 with the win, while Southern Utah fell to 2-2. Both teams now take nearly two weeks off, as the Aggies don't compete until Feb. 16 when they travel to Arizona State and the Thunderbirds are off until a rematch with USU in Logan, Feb. 19, with Auburn.