Aggies Gymnastics Blasts BYU With Season-High 193.825-191.975 Friday For First Win Of Season
March 13, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Four different Aggie gymnasts won individual titles to push Utah State gymnastics to not just its season-high score of 193.825, but the Aggies' first win of the season with a 193.825-191.975 blasting of BYU Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Friday was the first of USU's final two home meets of the year, as the Aggies host another in-state foe in Southern Utah on Monday, March 16 in their regular-season finale as well.
Sophomore Lyndsie Boone won the all-around with a 38.600, .1 shy of her season-best, while classmates Jackie Dillon and Nicole Simoneau nabbed wins on vault and bars, respectively. Dillon tied BYU's Danielle Goldman for the vault title with 9.775's, and Simoneau won the bars title by tying her season-high with a 9.875, her seventh-straight score of at least 9.800, 11th this year and the 23rd time in 26 career meets. Senior Nicki Felley completed the Aggie win list with a 9.850 on floor, a new season-best.
USU tallied a season-best 48.450 on beam as well as a 48.350 on vault, the Aggies' second-best score on vault this season in addition to a 48.875 on floor, ranking No. 3 on this season's bests list. USU also scored a 48.150 on bars, for the 193.825 season-high score, bettering the previous high of 193.600 set Jan. 30 at Boise State.
BYU posted a 47.700 on vault, a 47.650 on bars, 48.800 on beam and 47.825 on floor for the Cougars' 191.975 final score.
Utah State started the meet on vault, where freshman Haley Hogan led off with a 9.525 tying her season-best, followed by 9.625 by fellow freshman Rebecca Holiday with a 9.625. Simoneau then notched a season-high tying 9.575 before Felley registered a 9.650. Boone posted a 9.725 before Dillon concluded the rotation with her first-place tying 9.775 for USU's 48.350 team total. BYU scored a 47.650 on bars and the Aggies had a slight edge after the first event.
Swapping apparatus, USU was on bars with Holliday opening with a 9.400, followed by a 9.475 by Boone, then a 9.000 from Felley. Freshman Brandie Dickson then recorded a 9.725 before Dillon posted a 9.675 and Simoneau stuck her winning score of 9.875. The Aggies posted there 48.150 on bars while the Cougars recorded a 47.700 on vault and USU had a 96.500-95.350 lead at the halfway mark of the meet.
Boone led off the Aggies' beam rotation, posting a 9.650 followed by a 9.625 by redshirt-freshman Erica Huelsmann and a 9.650 from Felley. After Holliday registered a 9.200, Simoneau stuck her 9.800, good for a season-best tying and for fourth-place. Hogan joined in on the season-best tying festivities with a 9.725, as the Aggies recorded their season-best 48.450 on beam. Meanwhile, the Cougars posted a 47.825 on floor and USU led, 144.950-143.175, entering the fourth and final rotation.
The Aggies sealed the deal with their 48.875 on floor, as Boone opened with a 9.750, followed by a 9.725 by Holliday. After an 8.550 by Hogan, Huelsmann nailed a 9.800, then Dillon notched a 9.750 before Felley stuck her winning score of 9.850. BYU's beam corps compiled a 48.800 for the Aggies' final winning margin of 193.825-191.975.
Utah State has little time to enjoy its win, as the Aggies have a quick turnaround, hosting the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. (MT) in a Western Athletic Conference dual. In addition to it being the Aggies' home and regular-season finale, it will be Utah State's "Senior Night" and USU will honor its lone senior in Nicki Felley.
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