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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds, who placed 21st last season, will also be looking to improve their performance this weekend. They came in 2nd place in their first meet of the season against Denver (who placed first) and West Virginia.
You can check out the meet LIVE on FloGymnastics tonight at 7:00pm MT. Below, we've provided a breakdown of stand-out gymnasts from last weekend that we think you should keep an eye on tonight!
Sabrina Schwab, Utah
Sabrina Schwab was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in her debut as an Ute. She won floor exercise in the meet against BYU last weekend with a huge 9.9. Amazingly, Schwab was actually a last-minute addition to the lineup that night, but it was a great addition. What makes her routine really special is the elegance she portrays throughout. She looks like a ballerina out on the floor, but has strong tumbling as well, including a double pike to open and a 2 1/2 twist to close. Check out her routine below:
Schwab also performed on uneven bars last weekend, and although she had a bobble on her squat-on, she hit the rest of her routine perfectly. She's likely to be a high scorer on bars for the Utes this season, so be sure to check her out on this event as well.
Baely Rowe, Utah
Junior Baely Rowe has come a long way since her start at Utah. As a freshman, she competed on beam only. She has since competed on all four events, and one of her highlights is on bars. Rowe hit a new career high last weekend with a 9.925 on the event, which she anchored on. Check out Rowe's routine below:
Rowe is also going to be a gymnast to watch on vault as the season progresses. She's capable of performing a Yurchenko 1 1/2, although her full is also gorgeous (she stuck it last weekend to score a 9.85). Lastly, Rowe is a powerful beam worker. Her routine is not only impressive for the acrobatic skills, but she also displays a real performance element to it. She sings along to her beam music and even does the moonwalk as part of her routine.
Breanna Hughes, Utah
Senior Breanna Hughes demonstrated a stellar performance in the meet against BYU, where she performed on vault, bars and floor. She tied her career best on vault with a 9.825 for her Yurchenko 1 1/2. If she can clean up her landing on this vault, she'll be putting in big numbers this season. Hughes also has a great bar routine, with a strong giant full to Tkatchev combination and good execution. Lastly, Hughes was in the lead-off position on floor and set the bar high with a 9.85, a career best for her. Check out the video below of Hughes' floor routine:
Danielle Ramirez, Southern Utah
Southern Utah has a couple of stars that the team is counting on this season, and one of those stars is all-around competitor Danielle Ramirez. Ramirez, a junior this year, had not competed all four events since her freshmen year. She achieved solid scores last weekend, including a big 9.85 on bars and a 9.825 on beam. Ramirez is capable of going 9.9 on a few events, including bars, so she'll look to improve her scores this weekend. Check out the video below of Ramirez training bars:
Stacie Webb, Southern Utah
Redshirt junior Stacie Webb is another key competitor for the Thunderbirds and competed in three events last weekend. She notched high scores for the team, including a 9.825 on vault. Webb was recently recovering from a heel injury, and so will likely improve as the season goes on. She'll be looking to match her career highs on beam (9.925) and floor (9.9). Check out Webb's beautiful Yurchenko full from training below:
Kirsten Yee, Southern Utah
Redshirt sophomore Kirsten Yee will be relied upon this season for her big scores on uneven bars. Yee has a career high of 9.95, which she achieved in her first season with the Thunderbirds last year. Last weekend, she kept up the momentum and scored a 9.9, the top score of the night. Yee was honored by the MRGC as Specialist of the Week for her bar routine.
Don't forget, you can catch all the action in this matchup LIVE on FloGymnastics tonight at 7:00pm MT. Be sure to sign up for a FloPRO account to gain access to all content.