Match-Up With Southern Utah Monday On Tap For USU Gymnastics
Feb. 3, 2008
CEDAR CITY, Utah - Continuing its three-meet road swing, Utah State gymnastics travels to Cedar City, Utah to take on Southern Utah in a Western Athletic Conference dual on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. (MT) at SUU's Centrum.
USU is 1-3 both overall and in WAC action and the Aggies are ranked No. 44 in the Troester Women's Gymnastics rankings.
SUU is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in WAC competition. The Thunderbirds, who are ranked 17th, took top honors in a quad meet on Monday with 194.650. Boise State was second (194.425), while Cal State Fullerton (193.575) and BYU (193.350) were third and fourth, respectively.
Live streaming and stats for Monday's meet are available through Southern Utah's web site: www.suu.edu/sutv/webcast.html for web cast and www.suutbirds.com for stats.
Southern Utah head coach Scott Bauman is a 1990 Utah State graduate. Bauman, who is in his 17th year at the helm of the Thunderbird program, spent seven years as an undergraduate and graduate assistant coach for Aggie head coach Ray Corn.
First-year Utah State assistant coach Dave Hancock coached Southern Utah senior Erin Morgan and junior Kellie Dangerfield at Missy Marlowe's Gymnastics in Salt Lake City.
After opening with three losses, the Aggies got their first win of the season by edging Cal State Fullerton, 191.700-191.600, Sunday.
The .1 score difference was Utah State's closest since losing to in-state foe BYU, 193.375-193.275, on Jan. 20, 2006, and was the Aggies' narrowest margin of victory since edging Denver, 194.925-194.875, on Feb. 11, 2005.
For the season, freshman Jasmine Minion leads the team with a 9.781 average on vault, which ranks 10th in the North Central region. On bars, fellow freshman Nicole Simoneau has a 9.800 average, ranking ninth in the region.
Senior Megan Tschida leads USU and is sixth in the region with a 9.806 floor average.
Junior Nicki Felley has the highest average on the team on both beam (9.494) and all-around (38.056), ranking 16th in the region in all-around.
SUU recorded its highest season-opening score in school history with a 194.175 compared to 187.300 for Seattle Pacific in the Thunderbirds' opening meet of the year on Jan. 25.
In Friday's quad meet, junior Katie Hicks was part of a three-way tie for first on beam with a 9.825 while sophomore Elise Wheeler was tied for second on floor with a 9.800. Wheeler was also second in the all-around with a 39.075 while junior Kellie Dangerfield was third with a personal-best 39.025.
Utah State wraps up its three-meet road swing with a quad meet with Oklahoma and Air Force, hosted by Denver, on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The Aggies return to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday, Feb. 15, taking on in-state foe BYU along with New Hampshire in a triangular.
All USU home meets begin at 6:30 p.m.
Gymnastics tickets are available through the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, online at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on "tickets" in left column, or by calling 1-888-U-STATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.