Aggies Notch Season-High On Beam In Friday Loss To Pittsburgh
March 6, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State notched its season-high on beam and the Aggies set or tied seven individual season-bests in a 194.550-192.675 loss to Pittsburgh Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Sophomore Lyndsie Boone tied for first in the all-around with a career-high 38.700, one of the seven season-bests tied or set Friday night. Senior Nicki Felley won the floor title with a 9.800, while sophomore Nicole Simoneau was second on bars with a 9.825, as she has registered a 9.800 or better in all but one of USU's nine meets this season.
Other season-bests included freshman Haley Hogan setting a new high on beam with a 9.725, good for sixth while tying her season-high on vault with a 9.525 for 11th. Fellow freshman Rebecca Holliday set a new season-best on bars with a 9.725, finishing sixth. Boone tied her season-best with a 9.750 on bar, finishing tied for fourth, and a 9.725 on floor, finishing third.
USU's 48.275 on beam is a new season-high, topping the previous high of 47.875 set at Boise State on Jan. 30. The Aggies also recorded a 47.975 on vault, 48.625 on bars and 47.800 on floor for the 192.675 team total.
Pitt posted a 48.925 on vault, a 48.725 on bars, a 48.825 on beam and a 48.075 on floor for a final score of 194.550.
USU opened on vault, with Hogan leading off with a 9.525, tying her season-best. Holliday followed with a 9.575, preceding a 9.500 by Simoneau. Felley, Boone and sophomore Jackie Dillon all notched 9.625's, as the Aggies finished with a 47.975, their fifth-best score on the apparatus this season. The Panthers posted a 48.725 on bars for a small lead after the first rotation.
Switching events, Pittsburgh moved to vault while Utah State was on bars. Holliday opened with a personal-best 9.725 before Boone tied her career-best with a 9.750. Felley followed with a 9.650 before freshman Brandie Dickson logged a 9.625. Dillon then notched a 9.675 and Simoneau followed with her second-place 9.825, her 21st score of 9.800 or better in 23 career meets. The Aggies registered a 48.625 as a team, USU's third-highest bars score. Pitt posted a 48.925 on vault and had a 97.650-96.600 lead at the meet's midway point.
The Aggies were on beam for the third rotation, were Boone started things off with a 9.600 before redshirt-freshman Erica Huelsmann notched a career-high 9.700. Felley followed with a 9.175 before Hogan posted a career-best 9.725. Holliday then posted a 9.750 before Simoneau closed the rotation with a 9.500 as USU tallied a 48.275, the Aggies' best beam score this season. The Panthers posted a 48.075 on floor after a .1 deduction for going out of order and held a 145.725-144.875 lead entering the fourth and final rotation.
Utah State finished the meet on floor, where Boone led off with a 9.725, tying her season-best. Hogan followed with a 9.525 and Holliday then notched a 9.125, preceding a 9.625 by Huelsmann and Felley closed out the order with a 9.800, giving the Aggies a 47.800 on floor. USU finished with a 192.675 team total while Pitt posted a final score of 194.550.
USU has a quick turn around after Friday, heading to San Jose State on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. (MT), for the Aggies' last regular-season road meet. Utah State concludes its regular-season schedule hosting a pair of in-state foes in duals, first facing BYU on Friday, March 13 and then Southern Utah on Monday, March 16, both starting at 7 p.m. (MT).
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