Landes Wins All-Around As Utah State Gymnastics Opens Homestand With Second-Place Finish, Friday
Jan. 27, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - To kick off a four-meet homestand Friday, the Utah State gymnastics team finished in second place in a tri-meet between Southern Utah and No. 13 Boise State with a final score of 194.050. Freshman Sarah Landes was the gymnast of the meet, setting personal bests on beam, floor and her all-around competition with a total score of 39.225, making her mark in the USU record books in the process.
Last season, it took until the second-to-last meet of the season for the Aggies to score over a 194. Southern Utah finished with 194.525 to win the meet while Boise State took third with 193.525.
With the result, USU is now 2-4, as Friday night was the Aggies' first win over Boise State since the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships, snapping a 13-meet losing skid vs. the Broncos. Southern Utah and Boise State both evened their records at 2-2.
The Aggies scored season high scores on three of the four events, opening with a 48.575 on vault, then a 48.850 on bars to lead at the meet's midway point. USU scored another season-high on beam with a 48.550 and finished with a 48.075 on floor, the second-highest score this season. Southern Utah sealed the win with a 48.675 on vault in the fourth rotation after a 48.875 on floor. SUU also scored a 48.325 on bars and a 48.650 on beam. Boise State recorded a 47.825 on beam, a 49.075 on floor, a 49.150 on vault and a 47.475 on bars.
Landes was the gymnast of the meet, setting personal bests on beam, floor and her all-around competition with a total score of 39.225. Landes won the all-around while sharing the beam title with BSU's Amy Glass, both posting 9.875's, while finishing third on floor with a 9.825. Landes' winning beam score of 9.875 is tied for the fifth-best score in school history, while her 39.225 all-around score was just outside of USU's top 20 individual all-around performances.
Southern Utah's Michaela Chernoch was second in the all-around with a 39.050 while Glass was third with a 38.725.
Sophomore Paige Jones tied for second on vault with a career-high 9.875, which tied the fourth-best score in school history. BSU's Hailey Gasper tied Jones for second while fellow BSU gymnast Brittany Potvin-Green won the event with a 9.900. The Broncos took the top two spots on bars, as Ciera Perkins took top honors with a 9.875 followed by Kelsy Morris with a 9.825. Glass and Chernoch shared the floor title with 9.900's.
The Aggies opened the meet on vault with freshman Breyanna Aufiero getting it started with a 9.375. Junior Amanda Watamaniuk was next with a 9.575, followed by freshman Susie Miller and her 9.600, tying her career-high. Landes notched a 9.725 while junior Amelia Montoya beat her career-high with a 9.800. Jones also beat her personal record, landing a 9.875.
After the first rotation, the Aggies were in the lead with 48.575. SUU started on bars with a 48.325 and Boise was on beam with 47.825.
For the second event, Utah State moved to the bars, where senior Rebecca Holliday started things off with a 9.775. Montoya was next, tying her career-high with a 9.800. Watamaniuk notched a 9.750, followed by Landes and her 9.800. Jones took the only fall of the night, notching an 8.850. Freshman Kaitlyn Betts rounded out the rotation by tying her career-high with a 9.750.
The Aggies maintained their first place position after the second rotation, with a total score of 97.425. After their turn on beam, SUU was in second with 96.975. Boise State stayed in third with a total of 96.900.
Moving to beam, freshman Ashley Follett topped her career-high with a 9.675. Keeping with the theme, Miller was next, also beating her personal best with a score of 9.575. After a fall, Montoya notched a 9.100, followed by Holliday with a 9.775. Landes set a career-high with her 9.875 and Jones finished the event, shattering her career-high with a 9.650.
Boise State's run on the vault was enough to push them into first place after the third rotation with a total of 146.050. The Aggies fell to second with 145.975, while Southern Utah was in third with 145.850.
To conclude the meet, Utah State moved to the floor where Miller led off with a 9.650. Watamaniuk slipped on a pass, notching a 9.050. Landes set a new personal best, scoring 9.825. Montoya stepped out of bounds, putting her at 9.100. Jones followed her, landing a 9.750, while Holliday notched a 9.750.
Final standings left the Aggies just a hair behind first place as the Thunderbirds left with the win with 194.525. USU finished with 194.050, followed by the Broncos and their score of 193.525.
The Aggies continue their four-meet homestand next week when they host Arizona State, Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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