Parenti-Otte Named USU Athlete of Week
Jan. 31, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior gymnast Jessica Parenti-Otte was named the Utah State Athlete of the Week for the period ending Jan. 28 announced Wednesday. Parenti-Otte, who won in a unanimous vote by a state media panel, received the USU honor for the first time this season and the fifth of her career.
Parenti-Otte, a native of Glendora, Calif. (Glendora HS), won the all-around for the second time this season to lead the Aggies to a win in the four-team meet Friday at San Jose State with a season high score of 39.300, while posting season highs on beam (9.850) and the floor exercise (9.850) and finishing in the top-five in each event and placing first on bars and beam. She also posted season highs on vault (9.825) and bars (9.900) at home against BYU on Jan. 22, while finishing in the top-five in all four of those categories and placing first on bars and second in the all-around.
The USU Athlete of the Week award is Parenti-Otte's second honor this week, as she was recognized with the Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week award. It marked the second time this season for Parenti-Otte to receive the conference honor and third time in her career to garner the WAC honor, as well as fourth total conference award after receiving the Western Gymnastics Conference honor as a sophomore in 2005.
Parenti-Otte and the USU gymnastics team hosts Boise State in a dual meet on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435)797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information.
All USU home gymnastics meets can be viewed on wac.tv as well.
NOMINEES FROM OTHER SPORTS:
Basketball - Men: Chaz Spicer - Senior - Forward - Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence North HS/Kankakee CC)
Basketball - Women: Danyelle Snelgro - Sophomore - Guard - Altadena, Calif. (John Muir HS)
Tennis - Women: Brianna Harris - Freshman - Calgary, Canada (Bishop Carroll HS)
Track - Women: Jennifer Twitchell - Senior - Sandy Utah. (Jordan HS)
Track - Men: Kevin Liu - Senior - Idaho Falls, Idaho (Idaho Falls HS)
2006-07 USU ATHLETE OF THE WEEK WINNERS