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Record falls as S. Utah tops USU

CEDAR CITY — Southern Utah's women's gymnastics team set a school record in the all-around in defeating in-state rival Utah State, 195.3-194.3, Monday night. Senior Heather Slack also broke the school record in winning the all-around title with a 39.225, while fellow senior Suzi Clark finished second with a 39.175, which is tied for the second-best all-around score in SUU history.

The Thunderbirds opened with a season-high tying 48.425 on vault, highlighted by Rebecca Mitchell's career and season-high 9.725. Clark and sophomore Cayce Overstreet each recorded a season-high tying 9.675 on the apparatus. Utah State opened with a 48.4 on bars, led by Brittnee Penman's 9.875. The T-Birds continued the momentum on bars with a 48.925, led by Erica Burk's career and school-record tying 9.90, followed by a season-high tying 9.825 by Slack. Sophomore Rachel Thomas, who competed for the first time since breaking her hand in practice earlier in the year, recorded a career-high 9.825 in an exhibition. The Aggies recorded 48.475 on vault, but the T-Birds held a 97.350-96.875 lead after two rotations.

The Thunderbirds were nearly flawless on beam in recording a 48.675, led by Clark's school-record tying 9.90 and Slack's season-high tying 9.85. Meanwhile, the Aggies had to count a fall on floor and posted a 48.325, despite a 9.85 from Allison Rosenthal. SUU put the meet away on floor, posting four career-best marks en route to a school record 49.275, led by sophomore Sarah Geisler's school-record tying 9.90. Clark (9.85), Slack (9.85) and Jayme Morgan (9.80 ) each counted career-tying marks, while freshman Jessiann Andrus recorded a career-high 9.775 in exhibition. Utah State rallied for a 49.1 on beam, including a pair of 9.90s by Kristen Bloom and Tina Ellis.

"This by far is the best meet we've ever had," Head Coach Scott Bauman said. "We came out tonight to win and we looked like it. This team has been capable of this and it showed tonight. I am very happy and proud of each member of this team. They all were excellent."

The Thunderbirds will close out the 2001 regular season at home Saturday night against Boise State. Utah State returns to action Friday when it takes on Brigham Young in the Marriott Center.