Dec. 4, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Judged by a panel of local celebrities, Utah State gymnastics had its annual Blue & White Meet Wednesday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, with the White team coming out on top, 177.000-163.875.
Under the leadership of first-year head coach Nadalie Walsh, the Blue & White Meet was conducted like a typical gymnastics meet. The team split into two groups and worked their way through the four events. The Blue team was shorthanded though, counting just four scores on two events while White counted four on just the bars.
Scoring for the Blue & White Meet was done just in whole numbers, rather than the typical decimal scoring system. Each performance was graded by four pairs of judges and the numbers were averaged for an overall score.
Wednesday was the Aggie debut for the four freshmen gymnasts who all had solid performances. Bailey McIntire and Charly Belliston both competed in the all-around, notching 37.875 and 36.750, respectively. Katie Brown made her first collegiate appearance on the beam, scoring a 9.250. Makayla Betz landed a 7.750 on vault and an 8.750 on bars.
Returning all-arounders Sarah Landes and Paige Jones were back true to their form of past seasons. Landes, now a junior, scored a 36.750, while senior Jones landed a 38.250. Sophomore Michelle Yasukochi also competed in the all-around, scoring a 36.250.
Floor performances were strong for the Aggies with five different performers landing perfect 10.000 scores in junior Susie Miller, sophomore Destiny Ezell, sophomore JoAnna Cuba, McIntire and Landes. Another three flawless scores were handed out on beam to Yasukochi, Jones and Belliston. McIntire also notched a 10.000 on bars, while Jones had the same on her vault.
With her 10.000, Jones was the vault winner while McIntire took the bars title. There was a three-way tie for first-place on the balance beam, while five Aggies shared the floor title.
The Aggies will begin official competition in a road meet at Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Following a second road meet at Southern Utah, the team will have its first home competition against in-state rival BYU on Friday, Jan. 24.
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