Jan. 24, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State gymnastics improved to 3-0 Friday after defeating in-state rival BYU, 193.200-192.900 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
A large, spirited crowd cheered the Aggies on to their first victory over their in-state rival Cougars since 2009, as USU continues its best start in program history since 1999 when they opened 7-0.
"It was a nail-biter, coming down to the last routines and trying to stay in it. The girls fought their way through the whole meet and came out on top," said Aggie head coach Nadalie Walsh, who won in her first home meet at the helm of the USU program. "Being 3-0 is just great. Winning is a culture and it's giving us the confidence we need. The girls are seeing that we don't need to be perfect to be on top."
Utah State finished the night scoring a 48.850 on vault, 48.725 on bars, 46.950 on beam and 48.675 on floor for its winning overall score of 193.200. BYU notched a 48.775 on vault, 48.275 on bars, 48.550 on beam and 47.300 on floor, for a total of 192.900.
In all-around action, BYU senior Raquel Willman claimed the title with a 38.825. USU freshman Bailey McIntire finished in second-place with a 38.300.
Utah State had a season-high three event wins on the night, with sophomore Miranda Kerr claiming the vault title with a 9.825, sophomore McKinzey Martinez finishing first on bars with a 9.825 and McIntire tying for the first-place spot with a 9.800.
The Aggie ladies in leotards had a solid start to the night, going six-for-six on both vault and bars. Sophomore Jillian Chappel started things off with a 9.700, followed by McIntire who notched a 9.750. Junior Sarah Landes hit a 9.775, while freshman Katie Brown hit a 9.650. Senior Paige Jones landed a 9.800, while Kerr rounded the first rotation out with her 9.825.
After the first rotation, the Aggies had the lead, with a team vault score of 48.850. The Cougars were on bars to start the night, notching a 48.275.
On bars, sophomore Kaitlyn Betts led off with a 9.625, followed by McIntire, who notched a 9.800. Sophomore JoAnna Cuba, Landes and Jones all landed scores of 9.700, while Martinez wrapped the event up with a 9.825.
At the halfway mark of the night, the Aggies maintained their lead with a bars score of 48.725. BYU had a solid vault rotation, notching a 48.775.
Utah State moved to beam for the third rotation, which proved to be the stumbling block of the night. Sophomore Susie Miller started the rotation with a 9.600. Freshman Charly Belliston and redshirt-sophomore Breyanna Aufiero had the best scores for the team, each notching a 9.650.
The team had an overall beam score of 46.950, while BYU landed a 47.300 on floor. However, even with a tough third rotation, USU remained in the lead.
On floor for the final event, Miller started off with a 9.650. Aufiero jumped into the floor rotation after Landes suffered a minor injury on beam, notching a 9.700. Jones landed a 9.775 while Martinez stuck a 9.750. McIntire wrapped up the night with her 9.800, giving USU a 48.675 on floor. BYU ended the meet with a 48.550 on beam.
The Aggies have a quick turnaround as they are set to compete in a quad-meet at UC Davis on Sunday, Jan. 26. The team will face UC Davis, San José State and No. 12 Stanford at 2 p.m. (MT). That meet will begin a four-meet roadswing for the Aggies before returning to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to host Denver on Friday, Feb. 21.
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Utah State vs. BYU
Logan, Utah - Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Jan. 24, 2014
Team Results: 1. Utah State University (USU): 193.200 (Vault: 48.850, Bars: 48.725, Beam: 46.950, Floor: 48.675). 2. Brigham Young University (BYU): 192.900 (Vault: 48.775, Bars: 48.725, Beam: 48.550, Floor: 47.300).
All-Around: 1. Raquel Willman - BYU, 38.825 (Vault: 9.775, Bars: 9.725, Beam: 9.525, Floor: 9.800); 2. Bailey McIntire - USU, 38.300 (Vault: 9.750, Bars: 9.800, Beam: 8.950, Floor: 9.800).
Vault: 1. Miranda Kerr - USU, 9.825; T2. Paige Jones - USU, 9.800; T2. Makenzie Johnson - BYU, 9.800; T2. Eliane Kulczyk - BYU, 9.800; T5. Sarah Landes - USU, 9.775; T7. Bailey McIntire - USU, 9.750; 9. Jillian Chappel - USU, 9.700; T10. Katie Brown - USU, 9.650.
Bars: 1. McKinzey Martinez - USU, 9.825; T2. Bailey McIntire - USU, 9.800; T2. Haylee Rollins - BYU, 9.800; T5. JoAnna Cuba - USU, 9.700; T5. Sarah Landes - USU 9.700; T5. Paige Jones - USU, 9.700; 9. Kaitlyn Betts - USU, 9.625.
Beam: 1. Megan Bain - BYU, 9.800; T2. Ashley Follet - BYU, 9.700; T2. Emily Vidmar - BYU, 9.700; T2. Summer Raymond - BYU, 9.700; T5. Charly Belliston - USU, 9.650; T5. Breyanna Aufiero - USU, 9.650; 8. Susie Miller - USU, 9.600; 10. Sarah Landes - USU, 9.100; 11. Bailey McIntire - USU, 8.900; 12. McKinzey Martinez - USU, 8.300.
Floor: T1. Bailey McIntire - USU, 9.800; T1. Raquel Willman - BYU, 9.800; 3. Paige Jones - USU, 9.775; T4. McKinzey Martinez - USU, 9.750; 7. Breyanna Aufiero - USU, 9.700; 8. Susie Miller - USU, 9.650; T11. Miranda Kerr - USU, 8.950.
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