March 12, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Posting season highs on bars and beam and with a full line-up for the first time since Jan. 22, Utah State notched a season-best 193.725 in a Western Athletic Conference gymnastics dual with San Jose State Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Spartans won with a 194.675, pulling away in the final rotation.
USU scored top scores on the season with a 48.725 on vault and a 48.575 on beam, as well as registering a 48.450 on floor, the second-best floor score of the year and a 47.975 on vault, the fifth-highest score of the season on vault.
Friday was the first time in the last eight meets dating back to Jan. 22 that Utah State had a complete line-up in all four events. The Aggies have been severely bitten by the injury bug this season and haven't been able to put six gymnasts up in all four events since USU's dual at Southern Utah on Jan. 22, seven meets and a month and a half ago.
USU has been short-handed due to injuries all season, but was at near full-strength Friday. Everyone who had been out at some point with an injury competed in at least a limited action roll, including freshman Amelia Montoya, who had missed the previous six meets.
SJSU notched 48.925's on both beam and floor, as well as a 48.625 on vault and 48.200 on bars for the winning score of 194.675.
Senior Heather Heinrich topped her career-high for the second time in four meets, registering a 39.250, finishing second in the all-around, but winning the vault with a career-best tying 9.850, USU's highest vault score this season. Heinrich's vault is tied for the fifth-best score in school history and is the fifth-best score in the WAC this year. Heinrich also finished second on beam with a season-high 9.825, as well as tying her career-high with a 9.750 on bars to tie for fourth. The lone event that wasn't a monumental score for Heinrich was on floor, where she tallied a 9.825, placing fourth.
Junior Lyndsie Boone was part of a three-way logjam for top honors on floor with SJSU's Gabrielle Targosz and Tiffany Louie, as Boone notched a career-best 9.850, the top floor score for USU.
Sophomore Rebecca Holliday joined in on the career-best, top USU scoring social by tallying a career-high 9.850 on bars to finish second. The 9.850 is also tops for the Aggies, bettering Holliday's previous career-high of 9.800 set on Feb. 12 at Utah in her season-debut after missing the previous five meets with an injury.
A total of five career-highs were set Friday night, while two others were tied, as well as eight new season-bests and two season-highs were tied.
USU opened on vault with sophomore Chelsea Marquardt posting a 9.300. Watamaniuk followed with a 9.400 before Boone logged a 9.600. Junior Jackie Dillon then notched a 9.550, preceding a 9.575 from Holliday. Heinrich closed out the rotation with a career-high tying 9.850, which is the highest vault score this season for a USU gymnast. It is also the fifth-highest vault score in school history, tying for No. 23 on the Aggies' individual vault highs list.
Utah State posted a 47.975 on vault, the fifth-best score on the event this season. San Jose State logged a 48.200 on bars for a slight lead after the first rotation.
Moving to bars, sophomore Brandie Dickson posted a 9.675, which was then matched by Marquardt. Holliday then registered her career-high 9.850, the highest bars score this season, topping her own 9.800 in her season-debut from injury at Utah on Feb. 12. After Watamaniuk notched a 9.700, Dillon tied her season-high with a 9.750 and Heinrich equalled that, as the 9.750 ties her career-high. In an exhibition performance, sophomore Haley Hogan earned a 9.750, which would be a career-high.
Utah State notched a new season-best on bars with a 48.725, topping its previous top mark of the year of 48.475 at Utah. San Jose State posted a 48.625 on vault, as the Aggies trailed by a slight margin at 96.825-96.700 at the meet's midway point.
On beam for the third rotation, Flessner led off with a 9.350, preceding a 9.600 by Boone. Watamaniuk followed with a career-best 9.675, a feat that Dillon joined in on with a 9.775. Heinrich posted a season-best 9.825, just shy of her career-best of 9.850. Holliday concluded the rotation with a 9.700, giving the Aggies a season-best 48.575, as Friday was USU's second-straight meet without a fall on beam.
After three rotations, the Aggies trailed by less than a half of a point at 145.750-145.275.
Moving to floor for the fourth and final event, Watamaniuk led off with 9.525, preceding a 9.075 by Flessner. Marquardt followed with a 9.650 before Montoya notched a 9.600 in her first action since Jan. 29, missing the last six meets with an injury. Next, Boone posted her winning score of 9.850, a new career-high, before Heinrich completed the rotation and the action with a 9.825, tying her season-best.
USU totalled a 48.450, its second-best floor score of the season to finish with a season-high 193.725. SJSU notched a 48.925 on beam, as the Spartans registered their winning total of 194.675.
Utah State concludes its two-meet homestand and regular-season action on Friday, March 19, hosting Sacramento State in a WAC dual, starting at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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San Jose State at Utah State
Friday, March 12, 2010
SJSU: 194.675; USU: 193.725
San Jose State (vault: 48.625; bars: 48.200; beam: 48.925; floor: 48.925) Utah State (vault: 47.975; bars: 48.725; beam: 48.575; floor: 48.450)
Vault 1. Heather Heinrich - USU, 9.850; 2. Thomasina Wallace - SJSU, 9.800; 3. Lily Swann - SJSU, 9.775; 8. Lyndsie Boone - USU, 9.600; 9. Rebecca Holliday - USU, 9.575; 10. Jackie Dillon - USU, 9.550; 11. Amanda Watamaniuk - USU, 9.400; 12. Chelsea Marquardt - USU, 9.300
Bars 1. Thomasina Wallace - SJSU, 9.900; 2. Rebecca Holliday - USU, 9.850; 3. Lily Swann - SJSU, 9.800; T4. Jackie Dillon - USU, 9.750; T4. Heather Heinrich - USU, 9.750; T7. Amanda Watamaniuk - USU, 9.700; T8. Chelsea Marquardt - USU, 9.675; T8. Brandie Dickson - USU, 9.675.
Beam 1. Thomasina Wallace - SJSU, 9.900; 2. Heather Heinrich - USU, 9.825; 3. Aubrey Lee - SJSU, 9.800; T4. Jackie Dillon - USU, 9.775; T7. Rebecca Holliday - USU, 9.700; 9. Amanda Watamaniuk - USU, 9.675; 10. Lyndsie Boone - USU, 9.600.
Floor T1. Lyndsie Boone - USU, 9.850; T1. Gabrielle Targosz - SJSU, 9.850; T1. Tiffany Louie - SJSU, 9.850; 4. Heather Heinrich - SJSU, 9.825; T8. Chelsea Marquardt - 9.650; 10. Amelia Montoya - USU, 9.600; 12. Rachel Flessner - USU, 9.075.
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