Feb. 1, 2013
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- With a season-high score of 194.200, Utah State gymnastics fell to Southern Utah (195.425) in its Western Athletic Conference opener in Cedar City, Utah on Friday.
The Aggies recorded a 48.575 on bars, a 48.550 on vault, 48.825 on floor and 48.250 on beam for their final score of 194.200. The Thunderbirds posted a 48.625 on vault, 48.975 on bars, 48.975 on beam and 48.850 on floor for their total score of 195.425.
Utah State swept the all-around competition titles with sophomore Sarah Landes in first with a season-high 39.200. Junior Paige Jones finished second with a season-high 39.100, while freshman Hayley Sanzotti was in third with a career-best 38.875.
Freshman Kinzey Martinez claimed the vault title with a 9.775, while Jones tied for second with a 9.750. Jones finished second on bars with a 9.850, while Landes tied for third-place with a season-high 9.825. Landes, Sanzotti and freshman Joanna Cuba were part of a four-way tie for second place on beam, each notching a 9.825. Landes and Jones also tied for first on floor with season-best scores of 9.825.
Utah State started the evening on the uneven bars, led by senior Amelia Montoya who notched a 9.700. Freshman Michelle Yasukochi followed her with a 9.150, while Jones hit a team and individual season-high with a 9.850. Landes earned a 9.825 for her routine, followed by Martinez with a 9.500. Sanzotti concluded the first event with a career-high 9.700.
After the first rotation, Utah State was in second with a total score of 48.575, their second-highest bars score this season. Southern Utah started on the vault, notching 48.625.
The Aggies moved to vault for the second rotation, with Sanzotti leading off with a career-best 9.625. Freshman Destiny Ezell notched a career-high 9.575, followed by Yasukochi with a 9.675. Landes landed a 9.725, while Jones hit a 9.750. Martinez wrapped up vault with a 9.775.
At the halfway point of the meet, Southern Utah was still in the lead with an overall score of 97.600 after scoring 48.975 on bars. Utah State notched a total vault score of 48.550, which was its second-highest team score of the season, for an overall score of 97.125.
Ezell got things started on the floor for the Aggies, scoring a career-best 9.725. Sophomore Susie Miller made her only appearance of the night, also earning a 9.725, her best of the season. The 9.725 score proved to be a popular one for USU with Sanzotti landing the same total and a new career-high. Jones followed with a season-high 9.825, while Landes earned a season-best with the same score. Montoya wrapped up on the floor, earning a personal season-high 9.550 and contributing to the team season-high score of 48.825.
With one rotation to go, the Aggies were still in second place with an overall score of 145.950. The Thunderbirds totaled a 48.975 on beam for their total score of 146.575.
On beam to conclude the night, Sanzotti notched a career-best 9.825. Montoya landed a 9.100 followed by Jones who earned a 9.675. Freshman Stefanie Daley suffered a fall, hitting an 8.950, while Landes earned a 9.825, matching her season-high. Freshman Joanna Cuba finished things off tying her career-best 9.825 for the team total of 48.250.
Next weekend, the Aggies return home to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to host the Falcons of the Air Force Academy. Action will get underway at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.
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