Utah State Gymnastics Scores 192.650 Sunday While No. 13 Boise State Notches 195.475
Feb. 27, 2011
BOISE, Idaho - Utah State scored a season-high on beam for the second meet in a row, as the Aggies posted a 192.650 team total in a Western Athletic Conference dual, won by No. 13 Boise State with a 195.475 Sunday afternoon at BSU's Taco Bell Arena. Sunday was the second meet in three days for the Aggies, who competed against Utah on Friday night, as well was for the Broncos, who hosted Wisconsin-Stout Friday.
With Sunday's 192.650, USU has now topped the 192.000 mark six times in nine meets so far this season, doubling last year's total of three times of reaching the 192.000 plateau in a total of 12 meets on the season.
Junior Nicole Simoneau won the bars title Sunday with a 9.800, her sixth bars win in USU's nine meets. She now has scored a 9.800 a total of 32 times in 37 career meets. It was the 13th individual title for the Aggies this season, compared to last year's total of 10 on the season.
Senior Jackie Dillon was second in the all-around with a 38.450, while freshman Rachel Vaske posted a 38.225, her second-straight all-around score over 38.000 in only competing in the all-around three times on the season, finishing third. Vaske and Dillon were USU's top beam performers, part of three-way tie for fourth with a 9.675 each, tying Hailey Gasper of BSU. Senior Lyndsie Boone was the top Aggie on vault, placing sixth with a 9.700 while Dillon was the top floor finisher, finishing seventh with a 9.700.
Other than bars, Boise State captured the other three event wins, as Gasper won the vault title with a 9.950, tying her season WAC-best score. Lindsay Kazandjian won the beam with a 9.825, while Amy Glass took top honors on floor with a 9.900 as well as the all-around with a 38.700.
For the second-straight meet, the Aggies scored a season-best on beam, posting a 48.200 Sunday. USU also scored a 47.925 on vault, 48.425 on bars and a 48.100 on floor for the final score of 192.650. Boise State posted a 49.300 on vault, 48.750 on bars, 48.400 on beam and a 49.025 on floor for its 195.475 winning score.
USU is now 1-12 overall and 0-4 in WAC competition while BSU improved to 9-3 overall and 3-0 in WAC action, remaining atop the conference standings. The Aggies have lost 12 in a row to the Broncos, but still lead the all-time series, 53-26, including 17-10 at Boise.
Utah State opened on bars with Vaske leading off with a 9.625. Sophomore Amanda Watamaniuk followed with a 9.650, preceding a 9.675 by Boone. Freshman Paige Jones then notched a 9.675, followed by a 9.475 from Dillon and Simoneau concluded the rotation with her winning score of 9.800, giving USU a 48.425. BSU recorded a 49.300 on vault for the first rotation lead.
Swapping apparatuses, the Aggies were on vault with freshman Cammi Muhr starting off with a 9.525. Vaske then notched a 9.450, followed by a 9.700 by Boone and a 9.650 from Jones. Dillon then posted a 9.600 for Utah State's 47.925.
Boise State scored a 48.750 on bars and the Broncos led, 98.050-96.350, at the meet's midway point.
For event three, USU was on floor, with Vaske leading off with a 9.425, preceding a 9.475 by fellow freshman Brittney Mackins, a new career-high for her, as Sunday was Mackins' second meet officially competing on floor after three exhibition performances. Muhr then posted a 9.650. Next, Boone registered a 9.600 preceding Jones with a 9.675 and Dillon completed the rotation with a 9.700.
USU totalled a 48.100 on floor while BSU notched a 48.400 on beam. With three events in the books, the Broncos had a 146.450-144.450 lead.
On beam for the fourth and final rotation, Muhr opened things off with a 9.600, followed by Vaske with a 9.675 and a 9.575 by junior Chelsea Marquardt. After fellow junior Haley Hogan scored a 9.125, Dillon recorded a 9.675 before Simoneau concluded the lineup and the day's action for USU with a 9.675. That gave USU a 48.200 on beam, setting a season-high on beam for the second-straight meet, bettering a 48.075 Friday. The Aggies totalled a 192.650 while the Broncos won the meet with a 195.350.
Utah State hosts Cal State Fullerton in the Aggies' home finale on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. (MT). It will be USU's Senior Night, honoring the two seniors on the Aggies' roster: Lyndsie Boone and Jackie Dillon.
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