Feb. 15, 2014
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Topping the 194-point mark for the fourth week in a row, Utah State gymnastics placed third in a quad-meet at No. 13 Oregon State Saturday night. The Aggies edged out Seattle Pacific, but fell to the Beavers and No. 16 Boise State.
Utah State notched a 48.850 on vault, 48.150 on bars, 48.150 on beam and a 48.825 on floor, contributing to the 194.025 total. Oregon State finished first with a 196.675. Boise State came in second, notching 196.000, while Seattle Pacific finished fourth with a 192.650.
"The girls did a good job, we just didn't have an outstanding event. Floor was the best rotation of the night, but it still wasn't our best. We just need to get better at competing," said head coach Nadalie Walsh. "We have high expectations and put pressure on ourselves because we know how good we can be. We're excited to be home for the next few weeks."
In all-around action, junior Sarah Landes finished fourth with a 38.975. She notched three 9.750s in a row on floor, vault and bars, while scoring a 9.725 on beam. Freshman Bailey McIntire finished fifth with a 38.025. She started strong, notching a career-best 9.875 on floor and a 9.775 on vault, but had a tough finish with a 9.200 on bars and a 9.175 on beam. Oregon State's Chelsea Tang claimed the all-around title, scoring a 39.325.
Senior Paige Jones had the most impressive night for the Aggies with her best overall performance of the season. With a 9.850 on vault, a 9.800 on bars and a 9.850 on floor, she led the team and continued to prove herself as a key piece to the overall success of the USU program.
"Paige carried the team tonight, not only with her huge scores, but her experience. She has stepped into just enjoying herself," Walsh said. "If she can do that again, the team will follow. She competes without stress and that makes a huge difference."
Utah State started the evening on floor, with junior Susie Miller leading off with a season-best 9.725 for the third-straight meet. Landes notched a 9.750, while sophomore Miranda Kerr found her way back into the lineup with a 9.625. Jones notched a 9.850, tying her career-best, while McIntire set a new personal high with a 9.875.
After the first rotation, Utah State was in third-place, having scored a 48.825 on floor. Oregon State had the first lead, notching a 49.225 on vault, followed by Boise State in second who scored 49.175 on bars. Seattle Pacific rounded things out with a 47.500 on beam.
Moving to vault, sophomore Jillian Chappel started with a 9.625. McIntire landed a 9.775, followed by freshman Katie Brown who scored a 9.650. Landes hit a 9.750, while Jones stuck a 9.850. Kerr finished the rotation on a high note, notching a 9.825.
At the midpoint of the meet, the Aggies jumped to second-place after a team vault score of 48.850 for a total of 97.675. OSU remained in first with 98.175, with Boise State in third with 97.550 and Seattle Pacific in fourth with 96.175.
On bars for the third rotation, junior Kaitlyn Betts notched a 9.675, while sophomore JoAnna Cuba stuck a 9.725. Landes landed a 9.750 while Jones ended with a 9.800, giving the team an event scored of 48.150.
After three rotations, the Aggies were back in third with a total of 145.825. Oregon State extended its hold on first at 147.275, while Boise State was back to second with 146.850 and Seattle Pacific stayed in fourth at 144.625.
On beam for the final rotation, Miller started with a 9.575 and Belliston notched a 9.675. Landes stuck a 9.725, while Brown earned a 9.700. Sophomore Stefanie Daley notched a 9.525 to finish out the meet with a 48.200 event score.
After a long month on the road, the Aggies will return to the comfort of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum next week for a four-meet homestand. The team will first welcome No. 18 Denver to Logan on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The meet will be the annual Think Pink Night where the Aggies will join schools across the country to raise breast cancer awareness.
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