March 1, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A hard-fought comeback in the final rotation wasn't quite enough for Utah State gymnastics Friday night as they fell to Sacramento State 193.800-193.400 in a Western Athletic Conference meet.
Utah State scored a 48.200 on bars, 48.375 on vault, 48.350 on floor and 48.475 on beam. Sacramento State notched a 48.825 on vault, 48.800 on bars, 47.425 on beam and 48.750 on floor for their winning total of 193.800.
With the loss, the Aggies fall to 3-9 on the season with an 0-4 WAC record.
Sophomore Sarah Landes and junior Paige Jones competed in the all-around competition Friday. Jones finished sharing the third-place spot with a score of 38.275. Landes finished second with a 39.075. Sacramento State's Kaliah McCartney took home the all-around title with a 39.225.
Along with her all-around finish, Landes walked away with her second vault title of the season, earning a 9.825. She also finished tied for third on bars with a 9.750 and in second-place on beam with a 9.800. Jones finished tied for second on vault with a 9.800. Freshman Stefanie Daley and sophomore Susie Miller shared the second-place spot on beam with a 9.750.
Utah State got the night started on bars, with freshman Michelle Yasukochi leading off with a 9.675. Senior Amelia Montoya also notched a 9.675, followed by Jones who stuck a 9.700. Landes landed a 9.750, while freshman Kinzey Martinez notched an 8.775, taking her first fall of the season. Junior Christina Nye finished off the first rotation with a 9.400.
After the first rotation, Sacramento State had a slight edge, up 48.825 to the Aggies' 48.200.
Moving to vault, sophomore Susie Miller was up first, notching a 9.550. Freshman Destiny Ezell tallied a 9.525, followed by Yasukochi who recorded a 9.675. Jones registered a 9.800 while Landes stuck a 9.825. Going down on an injury, Martinez completed the vault rotation with a 7.750.
With a 48.375 on vault, the Aggies had a total score of 96.575 at the mid-point of the meet. After notching a 48.800 on bars, the Hornets maintained their lead with an overall score of 97.625.
On floor for the third rotation, Ezell led the way with a 9.525. Montoya recorded a season-best 9.600, followed by Miller who notched a 9.700. Landes and Jones followed suit, each scoring 9.700 on their routines. Freshman Joanna Cuba made her first appearance on floor for the season, scoring a 9.650 to wrap-up the rotation.
While Sacramento State had to count two beam falls, the Aggies had a chance to catch up. Totaling its second-highest floor score of the season with a 48.350, USU had an overall score of 144.925 just shy of the Hornets' 145.050.
The Aggies moved to beam for the final rotation of the night with Miller starting off on a high note with a career-best 9.750. Jones earned a 9.075 after a fall while Yasukochi notched a 9.675. Freshman Stefanie Daley tallied a 9.750 followed by Landes who registered a 9.800. Cuba concluded the event and meet, scoring a 9.500.
The final push on beam resulted in the team's second-highest score of the season on the event with a 48.475. The Hornets finished on floor with a 48.750, securing their win.
The Aggies have a quick turnaround as they are set to host in-state rival BYU this Monday, March 4. Action from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum will get underway at 7 p.m. Utah State Athletics is sponsoring Family Night, where children can get a free ticket with any adult ticket purchase.
For USU gymnastics ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305, or online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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