Jan. 16, 2013
Utah State at Boise State Taco Bell Arena (12,380) Boise, Idaho Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 - 7 p.m. (MT)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN - After starting the season on the road at BYU, Utah State will again be competing away from home this week. The Aggies will not have two consecutive home meets until March, when they host BYU and Boise State on March 4 and 15. The team's longest roadtrip will be in February when they will travel to San Jose State, Denver and Sacramento State three weekends in a row.
BACK IN THE WAC - After spending the 2012 season as an independent team, the Boise State Broncos have returned to the Western Athletic Conference. The two teams have a long history of competition, with Utah State leading the series 54-28.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION - This week is the first week of competition for the Broncos. Last season, Boise State finished with a 10-4 regular season record. They ended the year with an appearance at the 2012 NCAA South Central Regional meet in Fayetteville, Ark. where they finished in third-place. They ended the season as No. 14.
The Broncos welcome back three seniors in Cristy Dahlquist, Brittany Potvin-Green and Erin Wippermann. The roster includes six other returnees as well as six freshmen.
This is the first of three regular season meetings between Boise State and USU this season. The two teams will meet again in February in a quad-meet at Denver, along with Rutgers University. Boise State will then make the return trip to Logan, when the Aggies host them on Friday, March 15. The two will wrap-up the year participating in the WAC Championships in Cedar City, Utah on Saturday, March 23.
TUNING IN - Live meet results will be available through a variety of sources. Fans can follow along through the "Live Stats" or "Watch Live" links on UtahStateAggies.com. There will be a small fee required in order to watch the meet. Fans can also follow @USUGymnastics on Twitter.
THE LAST TIME OUT - Utah State opened its season at in-state rival BYU, falling 189.425 to the Cougar's 194.075.
Junior Paige Jones finished tied for first on vault with a 9.750 with BYU's Eliane Kulczyk and Madeline Nilsson, as well as tying for second on floor with a 9.775. Sophomore Sarah Landes finished third on bars with a 9.800.
In all-around competition, Jones took second-place with a total of 38.800 while Landes was in third with a 38.650. Freshmen Destiny Ezell and Hayley Sanzotti made their Aggie debuts in the all-around, finishing fourth and fifth with scores of 37.950 and 37.850, respectively. BYU's Raquel Willman took the all-around title with her total of 38.950.
The Aggies took a serious hit when freshman Michelle Yasukochi went down with an ankle injury in the middle of her floor routine. She received a score of 6.200, but with only five gymnasts in the floor lineup, the team was forced to count her score.
LAST MEETING - The Broncos and the Aggies competed against each other on two different occasions in the 2012 season, splitting the series 1-1.
Boise State visited Logan for a tri-meet with Southern Utah on Jan. 27, 2012. Southern Utah won the meet with a total score of 194.525. Utah State came in second with a 194.050, topping then-ranked No. 13 Boise State who notched a final score of 193.525.
The Aggies made the trip to Boise State later that year, taking on the Broncos again on March 2. Boise State got the revenge they were seeking on their home floor, scoring 196.125 over the Aggies' 192.750.
BY THE NUMBERS - Utah State has been picked sixth in the WAC Preseason Coaches poll while the Broncos were picked first. Boise State was ranked at No. 15 in the Gym Info/Troester National Preseason Poll.
For the first half of the season, the weekly national rankings are based solely on average scores. As this is their first outing this season, the Broncos are not included in this week's poll.
After receiving Gym Info/Troester Top 25 votes in the preseason poll, USU is listed at No. 56 in this week's poll. The Aggies finished last season at No. 47.
JOINING THE RANKS - Along with its national team rankings, Gym Info/Troester provides weekly rankings of individual gymnasts in each event.
This week, Sarah Landes is tied for the 68th spot on floor, as well as 60th in all-around competition. Paige Jones is among the top 100 on floor, currently tied for 89th. She is also ranked in all-around, tied for 51st-place. Freshmen Destiny Ezell and Hayley Sanzotti are also in the Top 100 in all-around, at Nos. 95 and 100 respectively.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER - USU returns six different gymnasts who claimed event titles in 2012. Junior Paige Jones and sophomore Sarah Landes both had five individual event wins, as well as two all-around titles. Senior Amelia Montoya and sophomores Kaitlyn Betts and Susie Miller each had one event win.
SCHEDULE BY THE NUMBERS - The majority of USU's competition this season has all garnered attention from the national polls. Going into the season, WAC rivals Boise State and Denver are both in the Top 25, at numbers 15 and 20 respectively. BYU, Utah State and every other WAC team are all listed among others receiving votes.
HOMETOWN GIRLS - This season, Utah State has one sole representative from the state of Utah in junior Christina Nye (North Logan, Utah/Logan HS/Tytans Gymnastics). Boise State does not have anyone on the roster from the state of Idaho. California is the leading home state for both teams, with Boise State sporting five and Utah State three gymnasts from the Golden State.
TWITTER / FACEBOOK - Fans can get live updates from the meets as well as other team information through the USU Twitter and Facebook pages - Twitter: www.twitter.com/USUGymnastics and Facebook: Utah State Gymnastics.
UP NEXT - The Aggies will then have their first home meet, playing host to WAC rival Southern Utah University and Hamline University on Jan. 25. Action will get underway at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
TICKET INFO - USU Gymnastics tickets are available through the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305, or online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the "buy/renew tickets" under the "tickets" drop down menu.
TURNING MORE THAN JUST CARTWHEELS - Utah State had four returning gymnasts earn academic all-WAC honors last season. Senior Amanda Watamaniuk and juniors Samantha Wagner, Christina Nye and Paige Jones all earned GPAs of 3.0 or better. Eight Aggies were also honored as USU Alma E. Whitesides Scholar-Athletes.
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