Weekly Aggie Update
March 31, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 30, 2008 Utah State's men's golf team will take a couple of weeks off before returning to action on Friday and Saturday, April 18-19 when it competes at the Cougar Ping Classic hosted by Brigham Young. Last week, Utah State finished in fifth-place out of 14 teams at the Cal Poly Men's Intercollegiate as it finished with a team score of 900 (298-304-298). Junior Devin Daniels led Utah State as he finished sixth individually after firing a two-under par 70 in the third and final round. Daniels began the tournament by shooting an even-par 72 and a two-over 74 during the first two rounds. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament include freshman Toph Peterson who finished tied for 23rd with a 12-over 228 (77-76-75), while senior Jeremy Pack tied for 33rd with a 230 (78-75-77) and junior Tyler Labrum finished tied for 42nd with a 16-over 232 (71-79-82). Fellow juniors Tyler Munson and Alex Putnam also competed for USU and finished 80th and tied for 82nd with scores of 248 and 252, respectively.
GYMNASTICS Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066 Utah State's gymnastics team (6-18, 2-6) concluded its regular season with a fifth-place finish at the 2008 Western Athletic Conference championships with a team score of 194.150 as it had a 48.775 on vault, a 47.925 on bars, a 48.550 on beam, and a 48.900 on floor. Host Boise State won the team title with a 194.925, while San Jose State was second at 194.725. Southern Utah tallied a 194.575 for third, while Sacramento State was fourth at 194.275, followed by Utah State's 194.150 and Cal State Fullerton's sixth-place finish at 192.650. Senior Megan Tschida led USU as she was co-WAC champion on floor and was joined by four teammates in earning all-WAC accolades. Tschida notched a 9.925 on floor to tie for first. Joining Tschida on the first-team all-WAC list was sophomore Heather Heinrich who tied for third-place finish on beam with a 9.825. Freshman Nicole Simoneau tied for fourth on bars with a 9.775, while junior Nicky Felley was fifth in the all-around with a 38.925 and was tied for sixth on beam with a 9.800. Freshman Jasmine Minion rounded out the Aggie honorees with a 9.800 on vault, good for a tie for sixth. Next up for Utah State will be the NCAA Regionals on Saturday, April 12 in Minneapolis, Minn. Several USU gymnasts should qualify for the event as individual competitors.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066 Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will return to action on Friday, April 4 at the Brigham Young Invitational. Two weeks ago, Utah State had three individual winners at the Arizona hosted Willie Williams Invitational in its first outdoor meet of the season. On the women's side, senior Stacie (Lifferth) Dorius took first-place, and posted an NCAA qualifying provisional mark in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:46.61, while junior Vanessa Hawkins recorded a time of 11:14.01 to finish in third-place. Junior Katie Thatcher won the 400m hurdles in 1:01.30 and freshman Camille Fehlberg took third with a time of 1:02.62. Sophomore Krista Larson also placed third in the hammer throw with a distance of 171-5. The women's 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams both finished in fourth-place. The 4x100m relay team (sophomore Ashlee Cannon, freshman Kimiko Kamo, freshman Katelyn Jensen and sophomore Brittany Chadwick) recorded a time of 47.39 and the 4x400m relay team (Fehlberg, Jensen, Thatcher and sophomore Elaine Connolly) had a time of 3:51.74. Sophomore Steve Strickland won the 3,000m steeplechase for the men with a time of 9:16.50 and junior John Strang took third-place in the high jump with a height of 6-6.75. Senior Dasheek Akwenye placed third in the 400m and recorded a time of 47.24. The men's 4x100m relay team, which included Strang, Akwenye, freshman Silas Pimentel and senior Lamar Brown, finished second with a time of 41.35. Sophomore Jason Holt took fourth-place in the 1,500m with a time of 3:53.31, and Pimentel also placed fourth in the 100m with a time of 10.66. Junior Keith Williams finished the 400m in 53.69 to claim fifth-place.
MEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's tennis team (4-11) will return to action this week as it hosts Idaho State on Tuesday, April 1 at 12 p.m. at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club. During its last competition it defeated Montana State-Billings, 7-0, and then lost to Montana State, 4-3. Sophomore Oscar Ericsson led Utah State during the week as he notched a 2-0 record at No. 2 singles, winning both of his matches in straight sets. He also teamed with senior Fernando Gallegos to notch a 2-0 record at No. 1 singles. Senior Jonas Tyden and Gallegos were also 2-0 in singles play. USU also had three players go 1-1 during the week in junior Matt Braithwaite, sophomore Matt Searle and freshman Jakob Asplund.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's women's tennis team (6-9) will return to action this week as it plays at Boise State on Friday, April 4 at 10 a.m., followed by a match against Portland State in Boise on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. Last week, USU recorded a pair of wins as it defeated Dixie State, 7-0, and Cal State Bakersfield, 6-1. Freshman Hailey Swenson led Utah State as she notched a 2-0 record at No. 2 singles and teamed with sophomore Britney Watts to post a 2-0 record at No. 2 doubles. Swenson began the weekend with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Dixie State and then had a 6-1, 6-0 win against Cal State Bakersfield. In doubles play, Swenson and Watts recorded an 8-0 win against the Rebels and an 8-2 win against the Roadrunners. Other Aggies who competed during the week include sophomore Brianna Harris who went 2-0 at No. 1 singles, junior Bridgette Strickland who went 2-0 at No. 3 singles, freshman Taylor Perry who went 2-0 at No. 5 singles, sophomore Marie Livingston who went 2-0 at No. 6 singles, and sophomore Britney Watts who went 1-1 at No. 4 singles.
SOFTBALL Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's softball team (6-20, 0-5) will host Utah Valley in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 1 at 2 p.m. and then play a three-game series at home against San Jose State during the weekend. Last week, USU posted a 3-3 record as it swept Utah Valley, 11-2, and 8-2, split a doubleheader with Utah, as it won 3-1, and lost 9-4, and lost a pair of games to 13th-ranked Fresno State, 6-1 and 9-1. Freshman shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro led USU during the week as she batted .474 overall, going 9-for-19 at the plate, recording seven runs, six RBI, three doubles and three home runs. She hit a home run in both games against Utah Valley, going 2-for-4 in game one with two runs scored and two RBI, and 1-for-3 in game two with three RBI. Kaneshiro also went 1-for-2 with a walk in game one against Utah, and scored twice in game two versus the Utes. Against Fresno State, she went 3-for-3 with a solo home run in game two of that series. As a team, Utah State is hitting .230 on the season as compared to a .337 batting average for its opponents. USU also has a team ERA of 6.06 this year, while its opponents ERA is 2.80.