Utah State Gymnastics Weekly Release



Jan. 5, 2006

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THIS WEEK - Utah State gymnastics (0-0) begins the season at Cal State Fullerton (0-0) on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. MST. San Jose State (0-0) and North Carolina State (0-0) will also be competing at the meet.

NEXT WEEK - The Aggies will travel to Denton, Texas where they will compete against Texas Woman's, Centenary and LSU on Jan. 15.

LOOKING AT CAL STATE FULLERTON - The Titans finished last season with a fourth place finish in the Western Gymnastics Conference and a 5-14 record overall. They enter their 2006 season with 11 returning letterwinners, and six freshmen. They will be led by senior Brittany Hoffman who placed 14th in the all-around at the 2005 NCAA Regional Women's Gymnastics championships in Seattle. Hoffman, the Titans' lone post-season competitor, scored 38.625. Her best finish at regionals was on floor exercise where her 9.75 earned her 18th place. CSF opens its season on Sunday with first year head coach Richard Gishi at the helm of the program. The Titans are ranked 37th in the nation and fourth in the WAC.

LOOKING AT SAN JOSE STATE - San Jose returns 13 gymnasts to its lineup and welcomes seven freshmen. Junior Greta Leach and sophomore Michelle Minotti will lead San Jose State this season. Both were selected to compete last year at the West Regional Championships in the all-around. Leach finished 22nd with a 37.475 while Minotti finished 19th with a 38.350. The Spartans finished second at the 2005 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships and are ranked sixth in the WAC and 42nd nationally.

LOOKING AT NORTH CAROLINA STATE - The Wolfpack will be led by Senior Kylah Bachman who led last year's team with nine event titles, as she won one in every event, including the all-around. N.C. State returns 14 gymnasts and has six freshmen. They wrapped up last year with a fourth place finish at East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships and a sixth place finish at the Southeast Regional Championships.

2006 TEAM CAPTAINS - Juniors Rachael Mandy and Alex Martin and sophomore Kelly Patterson are serving as the captains for the 2006 squad. This is Mandy and Patterson's first year as captains, Martin's second.

PRESEASON RANKINGS - The Aggies enter the season ranked 30th in the nation. Five of the Aggies' 2006 competitors rank in the top 25, including second-ranked Utah and seventh-ranked LSU. In-state rivals Brigham Young and Southern Utah are ranked 19th and 34th, respectively. All of the Aggies' WAC competitors rank in the top 50, with Boise State leading the way at 29th. Southern Utah 34th, with Cal State Fullerton ranked 37th and Sacramento State and San Jose State ranked 41st and 42nd respectively.

2006 SEASON OUTLOOK - The Aggies are entering their 29th season of Division I competition and their 29th season under head coach Ray Corn. After finishing first at the WGC in 2005, the Aggies begin the 2006 in the WAC with a second place ranking. They return 12 letterwinners, and bring in four freshmen. This year the Aggies return three seniors in Ashley Barr, Liesel Kohler and Jessica Parenti. Barr, however, will redshirt this season after tearing her ACL this fall. Jessica Parenti is expected to lead the team in the all-around competition. Last year she recorded a personal best 39.425. She will be joined by teammate Megan Tschida, who led the Aggies in the beginning of last year as Parenti was out sick. They will be joined by Alex Martin, Katie Omann and Rachael Mandy. The Aggies will be returning a veteran vault squad, with the exception of freshman Devin Markle. Jackie Fogli, Rachael Mandy, Megan Lewis and Katie Omann will all be strong competitors for the Aggies. The balance beam is one place to look for the freshmen in action. As for the returners, Liesel Kohler, Meagan Lewis and Alex Martin are all expected to be strong contributors. All three gymnasts currently rank on the Aggies top-10 all time list. On floor Megan Tschida and Jessica Parenti are expected to shine. Liesel Kohler and Alex Martin will also continue to compete as solidly as they have in the past.

HEAD COACH RAY CORN - Utah State's Ray Corn (Northern Colorado `71) is in his 29th year as the Aggies' head coach. Corn's teams own an overall record of 418-398-2. In 20 of the past 22 years, USU has qualified for the NCAA regional competition. Utah State first participated in the Big West Conference gymnastics championship in 1992, winning the title. The Aggies claimed the Big West championship three times -- in 1996, 1998 and 2001. USU joined the Western Gymnastics Conference in 2002, winning the conference title in 2005. The Aggies joined the Western Athletic Conference this year. Corn was named the Midwest Regional Coach of the Year in 1991, earned Big West Co-Coach of the Year honors in 1994 and was named Big West Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2001. He also earned coach of the year honors in the High Country Athletic Conference in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He was named WGC Coach of the Year in 2005.


Ashley Barr - A redshirting senior from Littleton, Colo., Barr will sit out the 2006 season after tearing her ACL this fall and undergoing surgery in December. In 2005 Barr competed in all 13 meets for the Aggies on both beam and floor, and missed only one meet on the bars. She received WGC all-conference honors on beam after finishing fifth with a 9.825. She received WGC all-academic honors for the third straight year as well as being named the WGC athlete of the week for the week of March 7.

Nicki Felley - A freshman out of Flower Mound, Texas she competed at the 2005 Junior Olympic Championships where she finished ninth in the all-around out of 250 participants. She placed 11th on the bars, 17th on both the beam and vault, and 19th on the floor to solidify her top-10 performance.

Jackie Fogli - A sophomore out of Wheaton, Ill., Fogli was a strong contender on the vault all last season for the Aggies. She finished the season with a 9.7075 average. At the WGC Championships she led the Aggies on the vault with a 9.900 to tie for first. She became only the second freshman from Utah State to win a WGC event. She also earned all-conference honors on floor with her fourth place finish with a career high 9.775.

Jaymie Goodsell - A redshirt sophomore from Blaine, Minn., Goodsell is expected to add depth to the Aggies on the beam.

Sarah Johnson - A freshman from Arlington, Texas, Johnson will be a contributor for the Aggies in all events. In 2002 she won the vault title and finished third in the all-around at the Level 9 Regionals. In 2003 Johnson placed third on bars, floor and the all-around at the Level 10 Regionals. In addition to being the 2004 Region 3 bronze medalist on floor, she finished 14th in the all-around at Nationals.

Liesel Kohler - A senior from La Selva Beach, Calif., she competed in all but one meet in 2005, despite the fact she suffered a concussion that kept her from training for most of November and December. Kohler currently has eight of the top 20 all-time floor performances and three of the top 10 all-time beam performances for the Aggies. In 2005 she won the WGC Championships floor title (9.850) and finished third on beam (9.850). She garnered all-conference honors in both events. Was named USU's athlete of the week for her work at the WGC Championships.

MEAGAN LEWIS - A junior from Las Vegas, Nev., she competed as Meagan Nelson as a freshman and sophomore before marrying Corey Lewis. After redshirting the 2004 season due to an injury, Lewis returned to compete on bars and vault. In 2005 she set a season high on vault against Denver with a 9.800. This year Lewis will be returning to competition in the all-around, something she hasn't done since 2003 when she set a Utah State record for 39.00-plus scores in a season with 12, breaking former Aggie Christy Denson's mark of nine. All-around scores in 12 of 14 meets were better than 39.000, including 39.500 against Boise State.

Rachael Mandy - A junior from Fargo, N.D., Mandy will serve as one of three team captains this year. Mandy competed on the vault in every meet of 2005. She scored at least a 9.700 on vault in each meet, and tied her personal best and 18th all-time vault score against Texas Woman's and California with a 9.850. She continued to be the most solid Aggie on vault as she had a season average of 9.7583, just slightly lower than her top-10 average of last year.

Devin Markle - A freshman from Reno, Nev., Markle finished 18th in the all-around competition at the 2005 Junior Olympic Championships. She had a top-10 performance on the floor (10), then finished 13th on the bars, 25th on the vault, and 32nd on the beam.

Alex Martin - A junior from Longmont, Colo., Martin is one of three team captains for the 2006 squad. She led the Aggies on bars in the first four meets in 2005. Against Texas Woman's she scored a 9.900 on the beam, which tied her for 10th all-time. She also posted a 39.275 in the all-around and had a season high 9.825 on bars at BYU. After throwing her shoulder out during warm-ups, she toughed out three routines at the WGC Championships and took sixth place (9.725) on bars and earned all-WGC honors.

Katie Omann - A sophomore from Sartell, Minn., Omann was a strong contributor on vault on in 2005 and more of the same is expected in 2006.

Jessica Parenti - A senior from Glendora, Calif., she is expected to make an impact in the all-around. She holds three rankings in the Aggie all-time top 20. She also holds the highest vault score ever recorded by an Aggie with a 9.950. At the 2005 WGC Championships she took third on bars (9.800) and the all-around (39.025), earning all-conference recognition in both events.

Kelly Patterson - A redshirt sophomore from Twin Falls, Idaho, Patterson is one of three captains for the 2006 Aggies. She Won the 2003 Level 10 regionals on the bars and finished eighth in the all-round.

Brittany Price - A freshman from San Antonio, Texas, Price is expected to contribute on the balance beam. She placed third at the 2005 Texas State meet on balance beam and fourth in the all-around. She followed up her strong showing at state with a seventh-place all-around finish at the Regional Championships.

Ana Rickard - A sophomore from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Rickard competed in one meet as a freshman on the vault. This year it is anticipated that she will compete on both the floor exercise and vault.

Megan Tschida - A sophomore from St. Paul, Minn., Tschida flipped into the number one all-around role in 2005 when Jessica Parenti was unable to compete at the beginning of the season. Tschida responded by finishing second in the all-around in her first two meets with an all-around high score of 39.125 against Utah. She also tied for the floor title against Utah with a 9.850. She received all-conference honors by finishing fourth on floor with a 9.775. Had the highest floor average of all the USU gymnasts in 2005 with 9.8318.



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