Recruit Files: Maddie Tyau, Southern Utah

Name: Madeline Tyau
Club: Hawaiian Island Twisters
High School Graduation Year: 2021

NCAA Team: Southern Utah
Commitment Announcement: Instagram
Social Handles: Twitter | Instagram 

Personal Bests 

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
9.450 9.525 9.575 9.450


Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
2019 Hawaii State Meet 2019 J.O. Nationals 2019 Hawaii State Meet 2019 Hawaii State Meet

About Maddie

Tyau is a four-time J.O. nationals qualifier (2015, 2017-19). At nationals in 2019 she tied for fourth place on bars, with a career high performance (Senior A). That same year, she was also crowned Hawaii state champion on vault and beam, and tied for silver in the all around. In 2017 she became Region 2 co-champion on floor.

What She Brings to Southern Utah


  • Skill: Yurchenko layout
  • Results: 2019 Hawaii state champion
  • Margin of Improvement: Tyau’s vault is pretty in the air but is slightly piked down on the landing. She is also training a Yurchenko full, an upgrade that would make her more competitive on this event.
  • Impact on the Team: Despite lacking very difficult vaults, Southern Utah did well in 2020 and will hope to continue to do so in the years to come. Tyau’s Yurchenko layout will find no place in this lineup but a potential upgrade could challenge for a spot.

Uneven Bars

  • Skills: piked Jaeger to bail, double Arabian dismount
  • Results: tied fourth place at 2019 J.O. nationals (Senior A) (career high)
  • Margin of Improvement: Tyau has tiny leg separations on her release moves and could improve her handstands. Nevertheless, her routine is solid and her dismount is a beauty in the air, though the landing is at times inconsistent.
  • Impact on the Team: Of SUU’s 2020 top bar workers, only Becky Rozsa-Thompson and Hannah Nipp will have graduated once Tyau gets to college. She will be expected to fill the lineup holes well.

Balance Beam

  • Skills: BHS + one-armed BHS + LOSO, full turn, switch leap to double stag jump, side somi, straddle jump half on the side of the beam, side aerial to full twist dismount
  • Results: 2019 Hawaii state champion (career high)
  • Margin of Improvement: Tyau is an elegant beam worker. The only evident area of improvement is a slight knee bend on her acrobatic series.
  • Impact on the Team: In 2022, SUU’s top two beam workers, Nipp and Autumn Jorgensen, will have graduated. Tyau is expected to contribute to the lineup from the start—if not with 9.9s, at least with solid 9.8s.

Floor Exercise

  • Skills: double tuck, front layout to front pike, Rudi
  • Results: second place at the 2019 Hawaii state meet
  • Margin of Improvement: Tyau is an elegant and polished floor worker. Her routine is not the most difficult and she could work on her landings a tad more, but her choreography is beautiful and her performance value is excellent.
  • Impact on the Team: By 2022, SUU will have to replace half of its 2020 stellar floor lineup. Tyau’s routine will not stand out for difficulty, but it looks strong and could challenge for a spot in the first half of the lineup.

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Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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