Jan. 13, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah State gymnastics scored a 191.925 in its 2012 season-opener Friday night at Utah while the fifth-ranked Utes notched a 197.400 for the win in front of a spirited Huntsman Center crowd.
The Aggies recorded a 48.650 on bars, a 47.600 on vault, 47.950 on floor and a 47.725 on beam for their final score of 191.925. The Utes posted a 49.400 on vault, 49.375 on bars, 49.275 on beam and 49.350 on floor for their winning total.
Freshman Sarah Landes notched a 38.825 in the all-around to finish third in her collegiate debut. Junior teammate Amelia Montoya posted a 38.000 to place fifth in the all-around. Landes also tied for fourth on the bars with a 9.825 and was the lone Aggie in the top five of any of the four events.
"It was a great meet, we're really proud of the girls," USU head coach Jeff Richards said. "Last week we had an intra-squad meet that was a little bit rough, it's been a great learning experience. The girls really came in and really settled themselves down, they stayed together as a team. Everything we've been working on and talking about all preseason, they just really brought together tonight. There are a few things we still need to work on and can improve on, but this was a really great start for us and we're really excited about it."
Friday's meet will be available on ABC-4 (Comcast Ch. 4 / 652 HD in Cache Valley) on a delayed telecast airing Sunday at 11 a.m. (MT) on ABC-4.
USU opened on bars, with Montoya leading off with a 9.700 followed by freshman Jenna Saxton with an 8.550. Fellow freshman Kaitlyn Betts then notched a 9.625, preceding a 9.775 by junior Amanda Watamaniuk. Landes then registered a 9.825 before freshman Christina Nye rounded out the rotation with a 9.725. The Aggies totalled a 48.650 on bars while the Utes notched a 49.400, led by a 9.925 by Kailah Delaney. Last season the Aggies only had two meets with a higher bars score than the 48.650 they got Friday.
Moving to vault, Watamaniuk started the lineup off with a 9.475. The 9.475 score was a popular one as freshman Susie Miller and Montoya both got that posting. Freshman Breyanna Aufiero scored a 9.500, preceding a 9.675 by classmate Landes. Betts completed the lineup with an 8.925 giving USU a 47.600 on vault.
Utah notched a 49.375 on bars and the Utes had a 98.775-96.250 lead at the meet's midway point.
For the third event, USU was on floor with Watamaniuk opening things off with a 9.450. Nye notched a 9.500, followed by Landes with a 9.625. After a 9.650 from Miller, Montoya logged a 9.725. Saxton then completed the rotation with an 8.200, falling on her final pass after a solid performance.
The Aggies logged a 47.950 on floor for a 144.200 score after three events. The Utes posted a 49.275 on beam for a 148.050 three-event total.
On beam for the fourth and final event, freshman Ashley Follett opened with a 9.600. Follett was followed by a 9.500 Miller, preceding a 9.100 by Montoya. Hogan then notched a 9.350, before Landes landed a 9.700. Senior Rebecca Holliday completed not only USU's rotation on beam, but the whole meet with a 9.575.
USU tallied a 47.825, for the Aggies' unofficial final score of 192.025. Utah scored a 49.350 on floor, getting a 9.975 from Georgia Dabritz, for the Utes' winning total of 197.400.
Next weekend, the Aggies head to Denton, Texas where they will compete in a quad-meet at Texas Woman's along with Centenary and No. 4 Oklahoma, on Saturday, Jan. 21. Following the roadtrip, the Aggies come home to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for a four-meet home streak. They host Southern Utah and Boise State, on Friday, Jan. 27.
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