Jan. 18, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State at Texas Woman's Quad w/ #10 Oklahoma & Centenary Kitty Magee Arena (1,800) Denton, Texas Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 - 6 p.m. (MT)
LONGEST ROAD TRIP OF SEASON ON TAP - Fresh off its shortest road trip of the season, Utah State gymnastics (0-1, 0-0 WAC) will embark on its longest road trip of the year, heading to Denton, Texas for a quad meet hosted by Texas Woman's (1-0), joining #10 Oklahoma (3-1) and Centenary (2-2)... The four-team meet kicks off at 6 p.m. (MT) at TWU's Kitty Magee Arena (1,800)... Live video and live results will be available through UtahStateAggies.com.
ROAD TRIPPIN' - USU's trip to Texas is the Aggies' longest road trip of the season, last week, USU had its shortest trip of the season to Salt Lake City for the season-opener at Utah... This weekend's trip to the Lone Star State is also one of the Aggies' three meets outside the state of Utah, joining at Boise State (March 2) at a quad meet at Arizona (March 16)... At 997 miles, the Aggies' trip from Logan to Denton is longer than their other two road trips to Boise (258 miles) and Tucson (658 miles) combined (916 miles).
997 miles - Logan-Denton - at Texas Woman's (Jan. 21)
258 miles - Logan-Boise - at Boise State (March 2)
658 miles - Logan-Tucson - at Arizona quad (March 16)
FAMILIAR FACE ON THE OTHER SIDE - Texas Woman's assistant coach Josh Nilson is in his first year on the Pioneers' staff after spending six years on the USU coaching staff... Nilson was an assistant coach from 2008-11 after spending the previous three seasons as a student assistant... Nilson, who is a Logan, Utah native and is 2010 Utah State graduate, is married to the former Amanda Corn, daughter of long-time USU head coach Ray Corn, who coached the Aggies from 1978-2008.
LIVE RESULTS - Live results for Saturday's quad are available by clicking on the "Live Results" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
* Note the link will only work after the start of the meet.
LIVE VIDEO - Fans can watch the meet on Saturday live online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will be re-directed through Texas Woman's web site.
IN THE RANKINGS - Oklahoma is ranked No. 10 in this week's Troester/GymInfo Women's Gymnastics Coaches Rankings... USU is 36th, while TWU is No. 38 and Centenary is No. 58.
Rank Team Avg. High Team RQS 10 Oklahoma 195.925 195.975 - 36 Utah State 191.925 191.925 - 38 Texas Woman's 191.450 191.450 - 58 Centenary College 186.838 187.500 -TWITTER / FACEBOOK - Fans can also 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 - Utah State hosts current WAC opponent Southern Utah and former WAC foe Boise State on Friday, Jan. 27 in the Aggies' home opener at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m... That is the first of four-straight home meets for USU.
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.
ABOUT UTAH STATE - The Aggies are coming off a 191.925 score in their season-opener last Friday at No. 5 Utah, who notched a 197.400 and vaulted to No. 2 in this week's rankings... USU posted a WAC-leading 48.850 on bars, as well as 47.950 on floor, 47.725 on beam and 47.600 on vault... Freshman Sarah Landes notched a 38.825 in the all-around to finish third in her collegiate debut... Junior teammate Amelia Montoya posted a 38.000 to place fifth in the all-around... Landes also tied for fourth on the bars with a 9.825 and was the lone Aggie in the top five of any of the four events.
Landes currently ranks third in the WAC on bars, ranking tied for third in the region and tied for 32nd in the country with her 9.825... She also is fourth in the conference, seventh in the region and 40th in the nation in the all-around with 38.825... Landes also is tied for ninth in the conference and tied for 17th in the region on beam (9.700) as well as tied for 26th in the region on vault (9.675)... Montoya is the Aggies' top floor performer, ranking tied for 19th in the region (9.725), as well as also ranking 18th in the region and 86th in the nation in all-around (38.000).
Aggie head coach Jeff Richards enters his fourth season leading the USU program and has eight letterwinners returning from last year's squad.
WAC-BEST BARS - Utah State is tied with San Jose State for the top bars score and average in the WAC with a 48.650... USU is fourth in the conference in team total (191.925), beam (47.725) and floor (47.950) while ranking fifth in the league on vault (47.600).
FLOWER MOUND CHILD - USU freshman Ashley Follett moved from Flower Mound, Texas to American Fork right before her senior year in high school after competing for US Gold Gymnastics Club, where she was club teammates with TWU senior Kristie Costa, who is also a Flower Mound native.
RED RIVER RETURN - USU freshman Sarah Landes is also making a return to the "Red Dirt" region, as she is a native of Edmond, Okla., which is just 169 miles from Denton, Texas... Landes competed for Dynamo Gymnastics Club, where she was club teammates with Oklahoma sophomores Madison Mooring (Sallisaw, Okla.) and Hayden Ward (Norman, Okla.).
PHENOM-ENAL REUNION - Utah State redshirt-freshman Samantha Wagner is a native of Batavia, Ill., and competed for Phenom Gymnastics Club, and Wagner will be re-uniting with fellow Phenom Gymnastics Club alums in Texas Woman's sophomores Courtney Cochefski and Victoria Cochefski, who are both Chicago, Ill., natives.
NCAA REGIONAL PARTICIPANT RETURNERS - Utah State sophomores Rachel Vaske and Paige Jones are the squad's two returning NCAA Regional participants... Vaske was 12th in the all-around while Jones was 39th on floor and 40th on vault... Vaske posted a 38.025 in the all-around after scoring a 9.650 on bars (T34th), a 9.550 on both beam (31st) and floor (37th), and a 9.275 on vault (42nd)... Jones logged a 9.550 on vault (40th) and a 9.425 on floor (39th).
WAC-LESS IN SAN JOSE - Utah State did not have an all-WAC honoree for the first time in USU's six seasons in the league... It was also the first time since 1991 that the Aggies did not have an all-conference honoree.
WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER - Of Utah State's 17 event wins last season, sophomore Paige Jones is the Aggies' only returning event winner, as departed gymnasts Nicole Simoneau (seven), Lyndsie Boone (three), Jackie Dillon (three) and Cammi Muhr (three) had the others... Jones earned her first collegiate event title by winning the vault at the Sacramento State dual with a career-best 9.825.
SUPER 16 - The 16 gymnasts on USU's 2012 roster is the most on an Aggie roster since 2006, after having 15 on the 2011 roster, 13 on the 2010 ledger, 12 on the 2009 roster... USU had 14 gymnasts on each of the 2008 and 2007 rosters, while having 16 on the 2006 roster.
ABOUT TEXAS WOMAN'S - The Pioneers are 1-0 on the year after opening the season with a 191.450-188.200 victory over visiting Air Force... TWU captured three of the four events over the Falcons with scores of 48.150 on vault, 46.850 on bars, 47.750 on beam and 48.700 on floor.
Junior Bethany Larimer led a 1-2-3 TWU finish on vault, winning the event with a 9.775, and Larimer tied teammate Sophomore Victoria Cochefski for top honors on bars with 9.600's each... Freshmen Spencer Jones and Stephanie Repp tied for the beam title with 9.675's, while Jones and junior Kristen Edwards shared the floor victory with 9.825's... Senior Rashonda Cannie was the Pioneers' lone all-arounder but won the title with a 38.300.
TWU head coach Lisa Bowerman is in her first year at the helm of the Pioneers program and gave birth to her son four days before the meet last week.
ABOUT CENTENARY - The Ladies placed second at a quad meet hosted by Central Michigan on Sunday with a team score of 187.500... The Ladies (2-2) posted wins over Wisconsin-Eau Claire (178.000) and Wisconsin-La Crosse (182.375), but fell to host Central Michigan (192.525)... Centenary scored a 47.650 on vault, 46.425 on bars, 46.400 on beam and a 47.025 on floor for the final score of 187.500.
Junior Meg Crowley won the floor title with a 9.700 score while junior Jessica Lieblich tied for third on beam with a 9.600... Sophomore Robyn Price, Crowley and junior Christy Martinez had a three-way tie for fifth on vault all with 9.550's, while Martinez was the top Centenary gymnast on bars with an eighth-place 9.400 score.
Centenary head coach Jackie Fain is in her first year as Ladies' head coach after serving as a coach and choreographer at the U.S. Gold Gymnastics Academy in Roanoke, Texas since 2008.
ABOUT OKLAHOMA - The fourth-ranked Sooners are 3-1 on the year after losing their first regular season meet since 2009 last Friday to No. 7 Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., 196.525-195.975... The Sooners scored a 38.950 on vault, a 49.025 on bars, 49.100 on beam and a 48.900 on floor for the final score of 195.975... With the loss, OU's nation-leading regular season win streak was snapped at 32 victories, last losing to Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 13, 2009.
Senior Megan Ferguson and sophomore Taylor Spears took home three event titles for the Sooners... Spears won both the vault title with a career-high 9.875 and a share of the beam title with Ferguson (both with a score of 9.875)... Spears, Erica Brewer and Rebecca Clark were part of a four-way tie for fifth on bars with a 9.825 while Ferguson was OU's top floor finisher with a 9.850 for fourth.
K.J. Kindler is in her sixth season steering the Sooners' program and was the 2010 National Coach of the Year, and was named the 2011 South Central Region Head Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her coaching career.
CYCLONE COACHING CONNECTION - The gymnasts in Saturday's meet aren't the only ones with connections, as Oklahoma head coach K.J. Kindler was head coach at Iowa State from 2001-06, and was at ISU during USU assistant coach Janet Anson's junior season for the Cyclones, and was the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year and All-Armerican... The duo of Kindler and Anson helped lead Iowa State to the 2006 Big 12 Championship and its first Super Six appearance in 2006.
AGGIES SERIES HISTORY VS. QUAD FOES - VS. TEXAS WOMAN'S - The Aggies are facing the Pioneers for the first time since 2008, when USU also competed at a quad meet hosted by TWU and also joined by Centenary, along with Kentucky... In that meet, the Aggies ended with 193.900 points, finishing third behind meet-winner Kentucky's 195.200 and runner-up Texas Woman's with 194.200, but ahead of Centenary's 192.025... Overall, Utah State is 7-2 against Texas Woman's, including 3-2 at Denton.
VS. OKLAHOMA - Saturday is the first meeting between USU and OU also since 2008 when the Aggies and Sooners were part of quad meet hosted by Denver along with Air Force... On that night, the Aggies ended with a 192.275 finishing third behind No. 6 Oklahoma's 195.925 and 13th-ranked Denver's 195.700 while finishing ahead of Air Force's 186.400... USU is 8-13 all-time against Oklahoma, posting a 4-9 neutral mark against the Sooners.
VS. CENTENARY - USU and CC are meeting for the first time since 2008, also facing each other at a quad meet at TWU, and were joined by Kentucky... In that meet, the Aggies ended with 193.900 points, finishing third behind meet-winner Kentucky's 195.200 and runner-up Texas Woman's with 194.200, but ahead of Centenary's 192.025... The Aggies lead the series with the Ladies, 2-0.
LAST TIME OUT - Utah State gymnastics scored a 191.925 in its 2012 season-opener Friday night at Utah while the fifth-ranked Utes notched a 197.400 for the win in front of a spirited Huntsman Center crowd.
The Aggies recorded a 48.650 on bars, a 47.600 on vault, 47.950 on floor and a 47.725 on beam for their final score of 191.925. The Utes posted a 49.400 on vault, 49.375 on bars, 49.275 on beam and 49.350 on floor for their winning total.
Freshman Sarah Landes notched a 38.825 in the all-around to finish third in her collegiate debut. Junior teammate Amelia Montoya posted a 38.000 to place fifth in the all-around. Landes also tied for fourth on the bars with a 9.825 and was the lone Aggie in the top five of any of the four events.
USU opened on bars, with Montoya leading off with a 9.700 followed by freshman Jenna Saxton with an 8.550. Fellow freshman Kaitlyn Betts then notched a 9.625, preceding a 9.775 by junior Amanda Watamaniuk. Landes then registered a 9.825 before freshman Christina Nye rounded out the rotation with a 9.725. The Aggies totalled a 48.650 on bars while the Utes notched a 49.400, led by a 9.925 by Kailah Delaney. Last season the Aggies only had two meets with a higher bars score than the 48.650 they got Friday.
Moving to vault, Watamaniuk started the lineup off with a 9.475. The 9.475 score was a popular one as freshman Susie Miller and Montoya both got that posting. Freshman Breyanna Aufiero scored a 9.500, preceding a 9.675 by classmate Landes. Betts completed the lineup with an 8.925 giving USU a 47.600 on vault.
Utah notched a 49.375 on bars and the Utes had a 98.775-96.250 lead at the meet's midway point.
For the third event, USU was on floor with Watamaniuk opening things off with a 9.450. Nye notched a 9.500, followed by Landes with a 9.625. After a 9.650 from Miller, Montoya logged a 9.725. Saxton then completed the rotation with an 8.200, falling on her final pass after a solid performance.
The Aggies logged a 47.950 on floor for a 144.200 score after three events. The Utes posted a 49.275 on beam for a 148.050 three-event total.
On beam for the fourth and final event, freshman Ashley Follett opened with a 9.600. Follett was followed by a 9.500 Miller, preceding a 9.100 by Montoya. Hogan then notched a 9.350, before Landes landed a 9.700. Senior Rebecca Holliday completed not only USU's rotation on beam, but the whole meet with a 9.575.
USU tallied a 47.825, for the Aggies' unofficial final score of 192.025. Utah scored a 49.350 on floor, getting a 9.975 from Georgia Dabritz, for the Utes' winning total of 197.400.
BEEHIVE STATERS - Utah State has three gymnasts from the state of Utah in senior Haley Hogan (Centerville/Viewmont HS/North Davis Gymnastics), sophomore Christina Nye (North Logan/Logan HS/Tytans Gymnastics) and freshman Ashley Follett (American Fork, Utah/American Fork HS/All American Gymnastics).
2011 REVIEW - Utah State finished with a No. 47 ranking in the Troester/GymInfo Women's Gymnastics Coaches Poll... USU had a final Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 192.935, a season-average of 192.483 and a season-high of 194.550... The Aggies were fourth in the WAC and eighth in the North Central final rankings... USU was also fourth in the WAC on two of the four apparatus: vault (48.400 RQS/48.173 avg./48.600 high), bars (48.555 RQS/48.308 avg./49.000 high), while ranking fifth on the other two events: beam (47.820 RQS/47.575 avg./48.625 high) and floor (48.625 RQS/48.427 avg./48.975 high).
Individually, Nicole Simoneau was fourth in the WAC, tied for 11th in the North Central region and tied for No. 55 in the country with a 9.835 RQS and a 9.765 average with a season-high of 9.875... Simoneau is also tied for 14th in the conference and 38th in the region on beam with a 9.710 RQS and a 9.584 average with a season-best of 9.750... Lyndsie Boone was tied for eighth in the WAC and tied for 24th in the region on vault with a 9.775 RQS and a 9.738 average with a high score on the season of 9.825... Jackie Dillon was tied for ninth in the WAC and tied for 21st in the region on floor with a 9.800 RQS and a 9.771 average, with a top season score of 9.850... Dillon was also sixth in the conference and 12th in the region as well as 76th in the nation in the all-around with a 38.720 RQS and 38.423 average with a season-high score of 38.150.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS - The Aggies left their mark in several spots in the USU record books in 2011, with one individual event high, three individual season averages and two team season averages marks:
INDIVIDUAL EVENT HIGHS Bars - T24. Nicole Simoneau - 9.875 - 2/18/11 - Boise State dual
TEAM SEASON AVERAGES Floor - 9. 48.427 - 2011 Bars - 10. 48.308 - 2011
UTAH STATE'S RICHARDS NAMED NACGC CO-REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR - Utah State gymnastics head coach Jeff Richards was named the NCAA Division I National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) North Central Region Co-Coach of the Year, in a vote by the region's head coaches at the NCAA Division I Gymnastics North Central Regional. Richards shares the award with Utah co-head coach Megan Marsden.
Richards led five Aggie individuals to the NCAA North Central Regional Championships last Saturday in Denver, Colo. Senior Jackie Dillon was eighth in the all-around with a score of 38.450 to lead the Aggies on the night. The eighth-place finish was the highest of the night for Utah State. Freshman Rachel Vaske was 12th in the all-around with a score of 38.025. Senior Lyndsie Boone capped off an amazing Utah State career, finishing 14th in the all-around with a score of 37.950.
A GLANCE AT THE AGGIES
Breyanna Aufiero - Notched a 9.500 on vault (8th) in collegiate debut at the Utah dual.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed at Deltchev Gymnastics under Stoyan Deltchev... Nevada State Champion in 2009... Named Gymnast of the Year for her club in 2010... Qualified for Level 9 Western Championship.
Kaitlyn Betts - In USU debut in dual at Utah, posted a 9.625 on bars (11th) and an 8.925 on vault (12th).
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for Euro Stars Gymnastics under Peter and Tania Gueorguive... Was named the 2011 Level 10 National Champion on vault and placed eighth on bars... Placed third in the all-around at the 2010 Level 10 National Invitation Tournament... In 2008 she was the Level 9 Regional all-around and bars champion... Placed third in the all-around at 2008 Level 9 Nationals.
Ashley Follett - Logged a 9.600 on beam (8th) in first collegiate action in dual at Utah.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for US Gold Gymnastics in Roanoke, Texas under Tina Martin... Moved to Utah where she competed with All American Gymnastics under Jamie Wysong... Was the 2011 Level 10 Utah State Champion in all-round, bars and floor... Was a five-time regional qualifier... Placed fifth at the 2010 Level 9 Westerns.
Haley Hogan - Scored a 9.575 on beam (11th) in dual at Utah.
LAST SEASON: Posted a 9.625 on beam as an exhibition performance in the Southern Utah dual... Was the top Aggie on beam at the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire, tying for second overall with a 9.675... At the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, posted a 9.500 on beam (18th)... Logged a 9.575 on beam (T7th) at the Southern Utah dual... Posted a 9.625 on beam (T5th) at the Sacramento State dual... In the dual vs. Boise State, tied career-high with a 9.750 on beam (T4th)... Scored a 9.125 on beam and placed 12th in both the Utah dual and the dual at Boise State... Did not compete in the home dual vs. Cal State Fullerton... Was 13th on beam (9.575) at the Southern Utah tri-meet with Iowa... At the WAC Championships, posted a 9.675 on beam (T17th), which was USU's highest score of the meet on the event... Earned academic all-WAC accolades as well as USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award honors.
Rebecca Holliday - Notched a 9.575 on beam (9th) at Utah dual.
LAST SEASON: In the season-opener at the Southern Utah dual, was second on beam with a 9.775 and also tied for second on bars with a 9.725, as well as posting a new career-best on vault (9.700)... Tied for eighth on bars in the Arizona/BYU tri-meet with a 9.700, along with logging 9.450 on vault (18th) and a 9.050 on beam (13th)... Logged 9.700 on bars (T4th), 9.600 on vault (T7th) and 8.850 on beam (16th) at the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire... At the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, posted a 9.725 on bars (T17th) and 9.550 on vault (T18th)... Registered a 9.650 on bars (5th), 9.600 on vault (9th) and a 9.100 on beam (12th) at the Southern Utah dual... At the Sacramento State dual, scored a 9.700 on beam (2nd), a 9.275 on bars (T7th) and a 9.075 on vault (12th)... Scored a 9.725 on bars (T6th), a 9.100 on vault (12th) and an 8.350 on beam (12th) in the dual vs. Boise State... Did not compete in either the Utah dual nor the dual at Boise State, due to an injury sustained during warm-ups of the Utah dual... Returned to action in the Cal State Fullerton dual, posting a 9.675 on bars (7th), a 9.475 on vault (T8th) and an 8.325 on beam (12th)... In the tri-meet at Southern Utah with Iowa, logged a 9.725 on bars (T9th) and a 9.600 on vault (16th) as well as a 9.075 in a beam exhibition performance... At the WAC Championships, scored a 9.600 on bars (T23rd) and a 9.100 on vault (33rd)... An academic all-WAC selection and a USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Sarah Landes - Had smashing collegiate debut, notching a 38.825 in the all-around to finish third and also tied for fourth on the bars with a 9.825 and was the lone Aggie in the top five of any of the four events, also posting a 9.700 on beam (7th), a 9.675 on vault (7th) and 9.625 on floor (8th).
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for Dynamo Gymnastics under Dennis and Shannon Harrison... At the 2011 Junior Olympic Nationals, she placed 10th on floor, 15th on vault, 12th on beam and 12th in all-around... Received the Shannon Miller Award in 2009... Graduated first in her class at Deer Creek High School.
Paige Jones - Did not compete in the dual at Utah.
LAST SEASON: Made collegiate debut doing the all-around in the Southern Utah dual, posting a 37.150 (5th), logging 9.700 on vault (T-5th), 9.675 on bars (5th), 9.225 on floor (11th) and 8.550 on beam (12th)... Improved all-around score with a 37.675 in the Arizona/BYU tri-meet, logging a 9.750 on floor (2nd), 9.725 on vault (T7th), 9.700 on bars (T8th) and an 8.500 on beam (18th)... Continued improvement in the all-around at the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a career-best 38.450, while finishing second on vault with 9.725, tied for third on floor with a 9.825, while also logging season-best 9.225 on beam (13th) and adding a 9.675 on bars (T6th)... Won the vault with a career-best 9.825 at the Sacramento State dual, along with tying for third on both floor (9.750) and bars (9.525)... Posted a career-high with a 9.850 on floor (T2nd) in the dual vs. Boise State, while also logging a 9.725 on bars (T6th) and notching a 9.750 on vault (T7th)... Posted a 9.725 on vault (T15th) at the WAC Championships, as well as a 9.050 on floor (T34th)... At the NCAA North Central Regionals, logged a 9.550 on vault (40th) and a 9.425 on floor (39th)... Earned academic all-WAC honors and was also a USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Brittney Mackins - Did not see any action at the Utah dual.
LAST SEASON: In collegiate debut in the Southern Utah dual, competed on floor in an exhibition performance, posting a 9.450... Did not compete in the Arizona/BYU tri-meet, the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire, nor the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State... Recorded a 9.200 in a floor exhibition performance at Southern Utah dual... Did not see any action at the Sacramento State dual, nor in the home dual vs. Boise State... Competed officially for the first time in the Utah dual, posting a 9.425 (11th) on floor... Notched a 9.475 on floor (T11th) at the Boise State dual... Scored an 8.950 in a floor exhibition performance in the home finale vs. Cal State Fullerton... Did not compete in tri-meet at Southern Utah w/Iowa, nor at the WAC Championships... An academic all-WAC honoree as well as a recipient of the USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award.
Kristen Meyers - Did not compete in the dual at Utah.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for Edge-Riverside Gymnastics under Laura Habel and John Laudie... Competed in the Women's Junior Olympic Championships Level 10... In 2011, competed in Region levels 8, 9 and 10 with a 35.590... Graduated second in her class at Smithville High School.
Susie Miller - In collegiate debut at Utah dual, scored a 9.650 on floor (7th), a 9.500 on beam (10th) and a 9.475 on vault (T9th).
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed at Technique Gymnastics under Lisa Poarch... Was a part of the 2011 Level 10 team that took third place at the NorCal State Championship meet... Was a 2010 National Invitational Tournament qualifier... Qualified for the 2008 Western meet... Was named Gymnast of the Year for her club in both 2009 and 2011.
Amelia Montoya - Was fifth in the all-around at the Utah dual with a 38.000, posting a career-high 9.700 on bars (10th), while also notching a 9.725 on floor (6th), a 9.475 on vault (T9th) and a 9.100 on beam (12th).
LAST SEASON: Did not compete in the Southern Utah dual... Tied a career-high with a 9.725 on floor (T3rd) in the Arizona/BYU tri-meet... At the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire, logged a 9.725 on floor (9th), tying career-high for second-straight meet, while also posting 9.325 on vault (12th) and 9.050 on bars (12th)... At the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, scored 9.625 and placed 20th on both bars and floor... Posted an 8.950 on floor (12th) at the Southern Utah dual, as well as an 8.950 in a bars exhibition performance... Recorded a 9.075 on floor (12th) and an 8.975 on bars (12th) at the Sacramento State dual... Did not compete in the home duals vs. Boise State and Utah, as well as the road dual at Boise State due to injury suffered at Sacramento State... Returned to action with a bang, logging a career-high 9.750 on floor (T4th) in the Cal State Fullerton dual... Scored a 9.625 on floor (17th) at the Southern Utah tri-meet with Iowa... Registered a 9.600 on floor (T26th) at the WAC Championships.
Christina Nye - Logged a new career-high on bars with a 9.725 (9th), while also registering a 9.500 on floor (9th).
LAST SEASON: Made collegiate debut in the Southern Utah dual, leading off USU's lineup on floor with a 9.400 (10th)... Did not compete in the BYU/Arizona tri-meet... Posted a new career-best with a 9.700 on floor (T10th) at the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire... At the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, recorded a 9.600 on floor (21st)... Recorded a 9.675 on floor (10th) at the Southern Utah dual... Tied for eighth on floor (9.550) at the Sacramento State dual... In the home dual vs. Boise State, scored a 9.550 on floor (11th)... Did not compete in the dual vs. Utah, the dual at Boise State nor the Cal State Fullerton dual with a minor injury... Returned to action at the Southern Utah tri-meet with Iowa, logging a 9.550 in a floor exhibition performance... Earned academic all-WAC accolades as well as USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recognition.
Jenna Saxton - Made collegiate debut at Utah dual, scoring an 8.550 on bars (12th) and an 8.200 on floor (12th).
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL -- Competed for Kristie Phillips at the Kristie Phillips Athletic Center... Competed at the Level 9 Easterns meet... Was a Level 10 regional qualifier in 2009.
Rachel Vaske - Out for at least the first portion of the season with an injury.
LAST SEASON: In first collegiate meet at the Southern Utah dual, notched a 9.725 on floor (T-5th), 9.625 on bars (T-7th) and 9.600 on vault (9th)... Competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career at the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, logging a 37.700 (6th), posting a 9.575 on bars (22nd), 9.550's on both vault (T18th) and floor (24th), as well as a 9.025 on beam (23rd)... Recorded a season-high 9.650 on bars (12th) in the Boise State dual, while also logging 9.675 on floor (10th) and 9.650 on vault (10th), as well as posting a 9.500 in a beam exhibition performance... Notched career-high 38.600 in the all-around (5th) in the Utah dual, posting a 9.700 on both beam (8th) and floor (7th), as well as 9.600's on both vault (9th) and bars (11th)... In the home finale vs. Cal State Fullerton, posted two career-highs in the all-around with a 38.625 (5th) and on bars with a 9.825 (T2nd), along with scoring 9.675 on beam (T5th), 9.625 on floor (8th) and a 9.500 on vault (7th)... Was ninth in the all-around at the WAC Championships with a 38.250, recording a 9.625 on bars (22nd), a 9.575 on both vault (T28th) and floor (T28th), as well as a 9.475 on beam (28th)... Notched a 38.025 at the NCAA North Central Regionals, placing 12th after scoring a 9.650 on bars (T34th), a 9.550 on both beam (31st) and floor (37th), and a 9.275 on vault (42nd)... A USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Samantha Wagner - Notched an 8.650 in an exhibition bars performance at Utah in first collegiate action.
LAST SEASON: Redshirted the season with an injury... A recipient of the USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award.
Amanda Watamaniuk - Posted new career-high on bars with a 9.775 (8th) at the Utah dual, and also scored a 9.475 on vault (T9th) and a 9.450 on floor (10th).
LAST SEASON: Performed on bars in an exhibition performance in the Southern Utah dual, posting a 9.600... Notched a 9.600 (T14th) on bars in the BYU/Arizona tri-meet... Did not compete in the San Jose State/Wisconsin-Eau Claire tri-meet... Did an exhibition performance on bars at the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, logging a 9.600... Recorded a 9.475 on bars (7th) at the Southern Utah dual... Posted a 9.275 on bars in an exhibition performance at the Sacramento State dual... Did not compete in the home dual vs. Boise State... Posted a 9.025 (12th) on bars in the dual vs. Utah... Recorded a 9.650 on bars (9th) at the Boise State dual... Scored a 9.700 on bars in an exhibition performance in the home finale dual vs. Cal State Fullerton... At the Southern Utah tri-meet with Iowa, posted a 9.625 in a bars exhibition performance... Scored a 9.650 (T20th) on bars at the WAC Championships... An academic all-WAC selection and a USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
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