Holliday Wins Bars Title As USU Gymnastics Notches 192.575 In Dual Loss To Arizona State's 194.600 Friday
Feb. 3, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Rebecca Holliday tied for the bars title and was one of four floor performers to set or tie career-highs as Utah State gymnastics notched a 192.575 while visiting Arizona State scored a 194.600 for the dual win Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State scored a 48.075 on vault, a 48.325 on bars, a 47.825 on beam and a 48.350 on floor, for the final score of 192.575. USU's beam and floor scores were its second-highest marks of the season on the respective apparatus. Arizona State won the meet with a 48.675 on vault, a 48.775 on both bars and beam and a 48.375 on floor.
USU is now 2-5 overall on the year while ASU, who entered the meet ranked No. 26 in the country, remains undefeated at 4-0, earning a win in its first road meet of the season. Friday night was the first meeting between the Aggies and Sun Devils since 2004, and was ASU's first visit to Logan since 2002.
Holliday tied ASU's Stephanie Hangartner for the bars title with 9.800 scores, and the Aggie senior tied her career-high on floor with a 9.800, tying for fifth. She finished behind teammates sophomore Paige Jones, who matched her career-best with a 9.850 to place second, while freshman Sarah Landes also equalled her top score of her career with a 9.825, tying for third. Freshman Susie Miller also posted a new career-high on the event with a 9.775, placing seventh.
Landes notched a 39.000 in the all-around, finishing third while recording her second-straight score of 39.000 or higher. Jones placed fourth in the all-around with a 37.400. ASU's Beate' Jones won the all-around with a 39.175, edging out teammate Samantha Seaman with a 39.075.
ASU's Jones and Seaman shared top honors on vault with 9.825, finishing just ahead of USU's Jones and junior Amelia Montoya, who tied for third with 9.800's. The 9.800 tied Montoya's career-best. Sun Devil Amelia Rew won the beam title with a 9.800, while Holliday tied for second with ASU's Madison Snowden, each registering 9.775.
The floor results resembled a law firm, reading Jones and Jones, as ASU's Jones won the event with a 9.875 while USU's Jones was second with her career-high tying 9.850.
After matching or posting 13 career-highs in each of its last two meets, the Aggies only set or tied six career-highs Friday night.
Opening on vault, junior Amanda Watamaniuk led off with an 8.750, falling on her landing, followed by Miller with a 9.475. Landes and Montoya then both tied their career-bests, with Landes landing a 9.725 while Montoya hit a 9.800. The scoreboard stayed with a 9.800, as USU's Jones followed with that mark. Freshman Breyanna Aufiero closed out the vault lineup with a 9.275.
USU finished with a 48.075 on vault while ASU posted a 48.775 on bars, led by Stephanie Hangartner with a 9.800.
On bars for rotation two, Holliday opened with a 9.800. Montoya followed with a 9.725, then Watamaniuk scored a 9.675 before Landes notched a 9.725. After an 8.650 by Jones, freshman Kaitlyn Betts completed the rotation with a 9.350. That gave the Aggies a 48.325 on bars, while the Sun Devils tallied a 48.675.
At the midpoint of the meet, ASU led 97.450-96.400.
For the third event, Utah State was on beam, with freshman Ashley Follet leading off with a 9.475, followed by Miller with a 9.275. Senior Haley Hogan hung a 9.625 on the board, preceding Holliday with a 9.775. Landes recorded a 9.725 before Jones rounded out the beam rotation with a 9.100, giving USU a 47.825 on beam, its second-best score on the event this season.
With three rotations in the books, ASU had a 145.825 after scoring a 48.375 on floor, while USU tallied a 144.225.
On floor for the fourth and final event, Miller started things off with a career-high 9.775. Sophomore Christina Nye notched a 9.050 before a 9.100 by Montoya, then Holliday tied her career-best with a 9.800. Landes then tied her career-best with a 9.825, before Jones completed USU's floor rotation and the night's action with a 9.850, also matching her top score of career.
The Aggies scored a 48.350 on floor, their second-highest score on the apparatus, while the Sun Devils recorded a 48.775 on beam to seal the win.
Utah State hosts Western Athletic Conference foe San Jose State on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. (MT), in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, in USU's third leg of its four-meet homestand. Friday will also be USU's Gymnastics' "Think Pink Night," in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. All fans wearing pink will get free admission and the first 500 fans will receive pink and blue pom-poms.
USU concludes its four-meet homestand by hosting another WAC opponent in Sacramento State on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.
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