Jan. 26, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Utah State gymnastics notched a season-best team score of 194.400 in its quad-meet Sunday afternoon, but finished fourth to No. 12 Stanford, San José State and host UC Davis.
Utah State finished the meet scoring a 49.275 on vault, the second in program history, a 48.775 on bars, 48.025 on beam and 48.325 on floor for its overall score of 194.400. No. 12 Stanford finished first with a total score of 197.200, posting a 49.275 on vault, 49.375 on bars, 49.525 on beam and a 49.025 on floor. UC Davis finished second with an overall score of 195.875, notching a 49.050 on vault, 48.950 on bars, 48.925 on beam and 48.950 on floor. San José State took the third-place spot with their 195.400 total score, landing a 48.850 on vault, 48.550 on bars, 48.975 on beam and 49.025 on floor. The high-scoring meet produced the season-best scores for all four teams involved, while UC Davis set a new program record with their score.
"We had a great showing on vault. It took two rotations to get completely engaged, so I am very pleased with the second half of the meet," said USU head coach Nadalie Walsh. "I know the girls were a little tired from this being the second meet this weekend, so if we take the gains we made today and apply it to when we go to Air Force on Saturday, we will be an even better and stronger team. I am very proud of how much this team has continued to improve week after week."
Freshman Bailey McIntire was the only Utah State gymnast to compete in Sunday's all-around. She finished sixth overall with a total score of 37.875. UC Davis' Anna Shumaker claimed the all-around title with a 39.225.
Senior Paige Jones had the sole Aggie event win of the day, tying for first on vault with a 9.925. The performance was not only an individual career-best, but ties for the fourth-best individual vault score in program history. Sophomore Miranda Kerr tied for third-place on vault with her career-high 9.900.
"A highlight for me was watching veteran and senior Paige have the best vault of her career. She is a clutch athlete that we all look up to. It is so great to see her hard work rewarded," Walsh said.
USU opened the meet on beam, led off by junior Susie Miller who notched a 9.725. Freshman Charly Belliston continued her strong showing, matching her career-best 9.800. Freshman Katie Brown and sophomore Stefanie Daley both made their beam debuts on the season, landing a 9.650 and 9.750, respectively.
With a team beam score of 48.025, the Aggies were in fourth-place after the first rotation. UC Davis led with a 49.050 vault score, while Stanford was in second with a 49.025 on floor. San José State held the third-place spot, having scored a 48.550 on bars.
Utah State moved to floor for the second event of the afternoon, with Miller again up first, landing a 9.625. Jones matched her season-best score from last Friday with a 9.775, while sophomore McKinzey Martinez landed a 9.725 and McIntire secured a team-best 9.800.
At the halfway mark of the competition, the Aggies remained in fourth-place with a team floor score of 48.25 and a total of 96.350. Stanford jumped to the lead with a total of 98.300, just ahead of UC Davis with an overall score of 98.000. San José State kept it's third-place position with a 97.525.
Next, USU was on vault, which proved to be the strong point of the day. Sophomore Jillian Chappel started the rotation with a 9.700, followed by McIntire with a 9.775. Brown matched her season-high with a 9.825, followed by Landes with a season-best 9.850. Jones was up next with her first-place and career-best 9.925, while Kerr finished off the rotation with her 9.900.
The Aggies finished vault with a team score of 49.275, the second-highest in program history. Even with the strong event, USU remained in fourth-place with an overall score of 145.625. The standings were the same after three with Stanford at 147.675, UC Davis with 146.925 and San José State just edging out USU with a 146.550.
On bars to wrap up the afternoon, junior Kaitlyn Betts started strong with a 9.700. Sophomore JoAnna Cuba notched a 9.725, while Landes landed a 9.775. Jones hit a season-best 9.800 and Martinez finished the day with a 9.775. The Aggies finished with a 48.775 on bars, matching the season-high for the team.
Sunday's action was the start of a month-long roadswing for the Aggies. The team will head to Colorado Springs this weekend for a tri-meet against Air Force and Seattle Pacific at The U.S. Air Force Academy. Action is set to begin at 5 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, Feb. 1.
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