USU All-Around Trio Logs Career-Best Scores As Aggies Post 190.725 Friday In Dual With BYU
Feb. 19, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Heather Heinrich, Amanda Watamaniuk and Haley Hogan all had career all-around nights Friday, helping Utah State post a 190.725 while visiting Brigham Young notched a 195.350 in a Beehive State gymnastics dual at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The three all-around career-best scores were part of USU's seven career-highs set and another tied Friday night, in addition to three season-bests registered.
USU logged a 47.725 on vault, 47.675 on bars, 47.700 on beam and 47.625 for a 190.725 total, the Aggies' best score in their last four meets, ranking as their fourth-best overall score of the season. Utah State's beam and floor scores were the third-best of the season while the vault and bars scores are both No. 5 on the Aggies' top score lists this season.
BYU posted a 49.050 on vault, a 48.750 on bars, a 48.650 on beam and a 48.900 on floor for a 195.350, a new season-high for the Cougars.
Heinrich was Utah State's lone event winner on the night, collecting the all-around title with her career-best 39.100, topping a 39.000 from her sophomore season and continuing to improve her all-around score in all seven meets she's competed in the all-around this season. The 39.100 ranks just outside of USU's top record list, as there is a four-way logjam at No. 19 with 39.300. Heinrich's 39.100 is the fourth-best in the Western Athletic Conference this season.
Heinrich was second on beam with a 9.800, a season-high and USU's highest beam score this season, as well as second on floor with a 9.825, also the highest score of the season for the Aggies.
Watamaniuk finished third in the all-around with a career-best 38.500, topping her previous career-high of 37.175 by nearly a point and a half. She was also the top Aggie on bars with a 9.725, tying for third and tying her career-best for the third time this season. Watamaniuk set a new career-high on beam with a 9.650 in tying for sixth.
Hogan notched a career-best 37.550 to finishing fourth in the all-around, also tallying a new top score for her career on beam with a 9.750 to tie for fourth.
BYU swept the individual titles, as Natalie Eyre won the vault with a 9.850, Megan Donehue collected top bars honors with a 9.825, Kaylee Gallup won the beam with a 9.850 and Haylee Rollins was the top floor gymnast with a 9.850. Danielle Goldman finished second in the all-around with a 38.925 in BYU's first all-around score of the season.
Friday was USU's fourth-straight meet against an in-state foe, a streak that started with BYU in a tri-meet the Cougars hosted on Feb. 5, followed by Utah on Feb. 12, Southern Utah last Monday, Feb. 15 and Friday night. It was also the Aggies' fifth in-state match-up of the season overall, after a dual at Southern Utah on Jan. 22.
Utah State started off on vault Friday night, with Hogan notching a season-high 9.475. Fellow sophomore Brandie Dickson then followed with a career-high 9.325 in only her third official collegiate vault. Watamaniuk then notched a 9.600, .025 off her career-best. Next, junior Jackie Dillon registered a 9.55 and Heinrich closed out the rotation with a 9.775, .025 off her season-high. That left Utah State with a 47.725 on vault while BYU notched a 48.750 on bars for a small lead.
Swapping apparatus for rotation two, Dickson led off the Aggies' bars rotation with a 9.550. After an 8.900 by Hogan, sophomore Rebecca Holliday notched a 9.65 before Watamaniuk tied her career-high with a 9.725, the third time this season that she's matched her top career score. Dillon then tallied a 9.050 with one fall, before Heinrich notched a 9.700 to complete the rotation, as the Aggies totaled a 47.675 on bars.
BYU logged a 49.050 on vault, leaving USU trailing, 97.800-95.400 at the meet's midway point.
For the third rotation, the Aggies were on beam, where sophomore Rachel Flessner started the rotation with an 8.950. Hogan then followed with a career-best 9.750. After a 9.500 by Dillon and a 9.000 from Holliday, with one fall, Heinrich logged her 9.800 on beam, a new season-high. Watamanuik then completed the rotation with her career-best 9.650, as the Aggies totalled a 47.700 on beam.
The Cougars collected a 48.900 on floor and heading into the fourth and final event, BYU led 146.700-143.100.
USU was on floor for the fourth rotation, with Hogan starting things off with a 9.425. Flessner followed with a 9.450 before Dickson notched her career-high 9.400. Watamaniuk then logged a 9.525 before Heinrich completed the rotation and the night's action with a season-best 9.825 as USU totalled a 47.625 on floor and giving the Aggies their 190.725 final score.
The Cougars posted a 48.650 on beam to seal the win with a 195.250 total.
USU is now 1-10 on the season while BYU is 2-7 with both victories coming over the Aggies, as the Cougars were second in tri-meet they hosted on Feb. 5 at Provo, won by Denver with USU finishing third. USU is now 39-61-1 all-time against BYU but the Aggies still hold a 22-18 advantage at Logan.
Utah State hits the road for two meets, heading to Fullerton, Calif. for a tri-meet with WAC foe Cal State Fullerton along with UCLA on Friday, Feb. 26. The Aggies then tangle with the Broncos of Boise State on Friday, March 5 at Boise, Idaho. USU returns home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for its final two regular-season meets, hosting San Jose State on Friday, March 12 and Sacramento State on Friday, March 19.
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BYU at Utah State Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 Logan, Utah