Feb. 7, 2014
PROVO, Utah - With similar scores all the way around, the results for Utah State gymnastics came down to the end in a dual-meet at BYU Friday night, as the Cougars edged the Aggies 194.900-194.350 to split the season series.
Utah State notched a 48.825 on vault, 48.675 on bars, 48.000 on beam and a season-high 48.850 on floor, contributing to the 194.350 total. BYU finished with an overall score of 194.900, landing a 49.150 on vault, 48.475 on bars, 47.975 on beam and 49.300 on floor.
"We worked really hard to do better on floor this week, so I'm proud of the girls for transferring that into their competition routines," said head coach Nadalie Walsh. "It's difficult when you go to another gym and you have to work a lot harder than the home team to get rewarded. That was definitely felt by the team, but I'm proud of them for sticking with it through the first three events. You can't end on a rotation and not hit it. If you don't hit your event you don't win your meet."
Junior Sarah Landes was the only Aggie to compete in the all-around Friday night, finishing second with a season-best 39.175. She tied for fourth on vault with a 9.800, tied for first on bars with a 9.825, tied for third on beam with a 9.775 and finished seventh on floor with a 9.775. BYU's Raquel Willman-Hatch claimed the all-around title with a 39.225, while the Cougars Makenzie Johnson finished third with a 39.225.
In addition to Landes' finishes, the Aggies were well-represented in the top five scores of each event. On vault, Landes and sophomore Jillian Chappel were part of a three-way tie for fourth-place, notching a 9.800. Freshmen Bailey McIntire and Keri Peel shared the fifth-place spot on bars with a 9.725, while McInitre also tied for second on floor with a 9.850. Sophomore Stefanie Daley matched Landes score on beam to tie for third.
As the visiting team, the Aggies started the night on bars, with junior Kaitlyn Betts leading off with a 9.700. McIntire landed a 9.725, followed by sophomore JoAnna Cuba who notched a 9.700. In her first official performance, freshman Keri Peel continued the alternating scores with a 9.725, while Landes stuck a 9.825. Senior Paige Jones finished out the rotation with a 9.700.
The Aggies notched a total of 48.675 on bars to open the night in second place. BYU had a solid vault rotation to take the first-place spot to start with a 49.150.
Moving to vault for the second rotation, Chappel got things started with a 9.800. McIntire landed a 9.750, followed by freshman Katie Brown who notched a 9.775. Landes landed a 9.800, while Jones hit a 9.675. Sophomore Miranda Kerr rounded out the rotation with a 9.700.
The team notched a 48.825 on vault to cut its deficit. BYU scored a 48.475 on bars, maintaining a slight edge to go up 97.625 to the Aggies' 97.500.
USU moved to floor to start the second half of the meet with junior Susie Miller up first, notching a 9.725 and matching her season-high. Landes earned a 9.775, while sophomore Destiny Ezell made her 2014 debut with a 9.700. Jones notched a 9.800, while McIntire finished strong with a 9.850 to match her career-best.
USU notched a season-best floor score of 48.850, while the Cougars were forced to count two falls from their beam lineup, giving them an event score of 47.975. The difference was enough to bolster the Aggies to first place heading into the final rotation.
On beam to conclude the evening, the Aggies had a slow start, suffering two falls in the first three performances. Landes got the team back on track with a 9.775, followed by Brown with a 9.750. Sophomore Stefanie Daley finished up the rotation and the meet landing a season-high 9.775.
Up next, the Aggies are on the road for the fourth consecutive week, this time in a quad-meet at No. 16 Oregon State. The team will face the Beavers, No. 18 Boise State and Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 15. Action from OSU's Gill Coliseum will get underway at 7 p.m. (MT).
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