LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 27, 2017
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Sat., April 1 --- at NCAA Regionals, Seattle, Wash., 5 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State gymnastics (9-11, 2-4 MRGC), ranked 24th nationally, continues its 2017 season this weekend at the NCAA Regional Championships in Seattle, Wash., at 5 p.m. (MT). USU has qualified for regionals as a team in each of the past four seasons.
2nd, 196.100 --- MOUNTAIN RIM CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Senior Hayley Sanzotti and sophomore Madison Ward each collected an individual event title to help No. 24 Utah State take second place in the 2017 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships two weekends ago with a 196.100. Boise State captured its third consecutive MRGC championship with a 197.050, while Southern Utah placed third with a 196.075 and BYU finished fourth with a 194.675. Utah State’s 196.100 was its third-highest total of the season. Furthermore, it was the best score the Aggies have ever produced in a conference championship meet, the fifth-best home score in school history and the ninth-best team score overall. The second-place finish was USU’s best placing at a conference championship meet since 2005, when the Aggies captured the WAC crown. Ward earned first-team all-MRGC honors on both floor and vault as she tied for first on floor with a career-high-tying 9.900 and tied for third on vault with a 9.800. Sanzotti also captured an event title as she tied for first on beam with a career-high-tying 9.900 to earn first-team all-MRGC honors. Senior Keri Peel tied for third on bars with a career-high-tying 9.875 to earn first-team honors. Freshmen MaKayla Bullitt and Elle Golison both earned first-team honors on the vault as they tied for third with 9.800s, and senior Bailey McIntire earned second-team all-MRGC honors as she tied for sixth on beam with a 9.850. USU scored a 49.000 on bars, a 49.125 on beam, a 49.025 on floor and a 48.950 on vault.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., March 31 --- WYOMING, 11 a.m.
Sun., April 2 --- COLORADO STATE, 10 a.m.
• Utah State women’s tennis (9-6, 0-0 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend as it begins Mountain West play with a pair of home matches as it hosts Wyoming (12-3, 0-0 MW) on Friday, March 31, at 11 a.m. and Colorado State (5-8, 0-1 MW) on Sunday, April 2, at 10 a.m. All home matches are streamed live at http://livetenniscam.com/sites/usutennis/.
L, 3-4 --- at BYU
• Utah State lost its only match last week at BYU, 4-3. The Aggies took the doubles point as senior Ekaterina Tugarinova and freshman Lucy Octave won at the first position (6-2), and senior Nini Guensler and junior Sabrina Demerath won at the second position (7-6 (7)). In singles, Demerath won at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-4) and freshman Hannah Jones won at the No. 6 spot (6-3, 7-5).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri., March 31 --- at Boise State, 4 p.m.
Sat., April 1 --- at Boise State, 4 p.m.
Sun., April 2 --- at Boise State, 12 p.m.
• Utah State’s softball team (21-7, 4-2 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend with a three-game Mountain West series at Boise State (21-9, 3-3 MW). The two teams will begin the series on Friday, March 31 at 4 p.m., followed by single games on Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, at 4 p.m. and Noon, respectively. All three conference games will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network.
W, 11-2 (5) --- UTAH VALLEY
L, 2-6 --- at Nevada
W, 6-3 --- at Nevada
W, 17-5 (5) --- at Nevada
• Utah State posted a 3-1 record last week, as the team defeated in-state rival Utah Valley (11-2 (6)), before going 2-1 in a Mountain West road series at Nevada. The Aggies and Wolf Pack split a doubleheader (2-6, 6-3), while USU took the series with a 17-5 five-inning win in the weekend finale. Three Utah State pitchers saw time in the circle during the week, where freshman Kellie White led the group with a 3-0 record and a 1.94 ERA. On the week, the trio allowed 19 hits and 16 runs, eight of which were unearned, while striking out 10 batters and walking 11. Playing in just one full game, freshman shortstop Devan Sperry led the Aggie offense, batting .800 (4-for-5). Freshman outfielder Riley Plogger hit .583 (7-of-12) in her four starts. Senior first baseman Paxton Provost was tops defensively, tallying 27 putouts.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sun., April 2 --- at UNLV, 12 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State men’s tennis (13-7, 1-0 MW), ranked 42nd nationally, continues its 2017 season this weekend with a Mountain West road match at UNLV (11-5, 0-1 MW) on Sunday, April 2, at Noon (MT).
W, 4-1 --- SAN DIEGO STATE
• Utah State won its only match last week, topping Mountain West foe San Diego State at home, 4-1. The Aggies took the doubles point as senior Jack Swindells and sophomore Jonas Maier won at the second position (6-1) and juniors Jaime Barajas and Andrew Nakajima won at the third position (6-3). In singles, junior Kai Wehnelt won at the No. 2 spot (6-4, 6-3), Swindells won at the No. 3 spot (4-6, 6-3, 6-1) and sophomore Samuel Serrano won at the No. 4 spot (7-5, 6-4).
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Wed.-Sat., March 29-1 --- at Texas Relays, All Day
Fri., March 31 --- at Utah Valley Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s outdoor track & field teams will continue its 2017 season this week at a pair of meets as it competes in the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays from Wednesday through Saturday, March 29-April 1, and at the Utah Valley Invitational on Friday, March 31.
NTS --- at UC Irvine Invite
• Utah State’s track & field teams surged into the 2017 outdoor season two weekends ago by capturing 11 event titles and breaking the men’s javelin school record at the UC Irvine-hosted Spring Break Collegiate Classic. Redshirt freshman Sindri Gudmundsson set the first Aggie record of the outdoor season in his first collegiate competition, winning the men’s javelin with a mark of 72.24m (237-00). Gudmundsson’s mark breaks the previous record of 71.98m set by Neil Warr in 2003. Gudmundsson’s senior teammate and returning Mountain West champion, Devin Wright, placed second in the javelin with a personal-best mark of 64.78m (212-6.25), which ranks fifth all-time in school history. Junior David Hirschmann won the discus with a mark of 52.77m (173-1.50) and placed second in the shot put with a distance of 17.07m (56-0). Senior AJ Boully won the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.19, while turning in a time of 14.56 in the 100m hurdles, placing him second in that event. Freshman Luke Beattie led the men in the 5,000m with a victory and a time 14:23.07. As for the Aggie women, senior Mia Estes won the javelin with a mark of 47.93m (157-03). In the women’s running events, Christine Van Brocklin-Parker earned a victory in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.11, while senior Tori Parkinson won the 5,000m with a time of 17:18.76. In other women’s throwing action, junior Olivia Moriconi captured gold in the shot put with a distance of 15.27m (50-1), moving her to fifth all-time in USU history. Additionally, sophomore Brenn Flint finished runner-up in the shot put with a mark of 14.83m (48-7.75). And sophomore Jennifer Christensen won the high jump with a leap of 1.65m (5-4.75).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., April 10-11 --- at Wyoming Invite, Scottsdale, Ariz., All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team continues its 2017 spring season on Monday, April 10, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Wyoming-hosted Cowboy Classic.
7th/12 --- at South Dakota State Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State senior golfer Tanner Jenson shot a final round 6-under 66 to finish tied for eighth with an 8-under 208 (73-69-66) at the South Dakota State-hosted Jackrabbit Invitational, held in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 10-11. USU finished the 12-team tournament in seventh place with a 7-under 857 (293-276-288). Nevada won the tournament with a 41-under 823 (277-266-280), while UNLV’s Justin Kim took medalist honors with a 13-under 203 (67-68-68). For Utah State, its seventh-place finish marks the eighth time in eight events this year it is has finished in the top 10. After beginning the tournament with a 1-over 73, Jenson carded back-to-back rounds in the 60s, including a 3-under 69 during his second round on Friday and a season-best 6-under 66 during his final 18 holes on Saturday for his best 54-hole score of the season of 8-under 208. For Jenson, he now has four rounds in the 60s this season and 11 in his career, and eight rounds under par this year and 22 in his career. It is also his fourth tournament finish under par this season and the ninth of his career, not to mention his third top-10 finish of the season and the seventh of his career. Others competing at the Jackrabbit Invitational for Utah State included freshman Hayden Eckert, who tied for 25th place at 1-under 215 (72-71-72). For Eckert, his second round of 1-under 71 was his fifth round under par this season, while his 1-under 215 marked the first under par finish of his career. Utah State junior Braxton Miller finished the tournament tied for 27th at even par 216 (73-68-75), highlighted by his 4-under 68 during his second round, giving him four rounds under par this year and 15 in his career. USU senior Eli Rogers finished tied for 33rd at 2-over 218 (75-68-75), which included a season-best 4-under 68 during his second round, giving him four rounds this year and 11 in his career under par. Rounding out the Aggie competitors is freshman Chase Lansford, who finished 57th at 11-over 227 (75-73-79).
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