Flip and Stick for the Cure Meet On Tap For USU Gymnastics Friday When Aggies Host Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 5, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
#38 Cal State Fullerton at #46 Utah State Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 - 7 p.m. (MT) Aggies All Access
ON TAP - After being on the road for its last two meets, Utah State (0-4, 0-2 WAC) gymnastics returns to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) for a two-meet homestand, opening Friday, Feb. 6 against Cal State Fullerton (2-2, 1-1 WAC) in a Western Athletics Conference dual... Friday is also USU's annual "Flip and Stick for a Cure" meet to promote awareness for breast cancer. All fans wearing pink will receive free admission.
DIFFERENT STORIES FROM THE ROAD - Utah State has been on the road for three of its first four meets, with the lone home meet on Jan. 16 vs. Central Michigan... Meanwhile, this is Cal State Fullerton's first road trip after the Titans were at home for their first four meets of the season.
FAMILIAR FACES - USU head coach Jeff Richards and Cal State Fullerton junior Katie Turcotte were both at Iowa in 2007, as Richards was an assistant coach and Turcotte was a freshmen gymnast for the Hawkeyes... Another Aggie-Titan connection is USU freshman Rebecca Holliday and Cal State Fullerton sophomore Karina Flynn, who both competed for South Coach Gymnastics club... However, Flynn will not be making the trip with the Titans, as she recently suffered a knee injury.
HEAD COACH Jeff Richards QUOTE - "I'm excited for Friday night and returning home. We've been struggling a little bit but at Boise last Friday the girls really came out and did a great job. I think they're finally figuring out what all they can do and can't do and things are coming together. We just have to do what we do and try to do it better than anybody else."
LIVE RESULTS - Live results for Friday's meet 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.
AGGIES ALL ACCESS - Fans can watch all USU gymnastics home meets live via the internet through Aggies All Access, available through www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics... Single events cost $9.95 with a gymnastics season pass available for $29.95 and an All-Access Pass for all USU athletics events is $129.95.
TICKET INFO - USU 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 or (435) 797-0305 or 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831).
UP NEXT - Utah State concludes its two-meet homestand on Monday, Feb. 9 against No. 1 ranked and in-state foe Utah... Start time is 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
IN THE RANKINGS - Cal State Fullerton is at No. 38 in the Troester/GymInfo Women's Gymnastics Coaches Poll, while Utah State is at No. 46.
In the top 10 in the WAC, USU has five marks, with sophomore Nicole Simoneau fifth on bars with a 9.812 average... On beam, freshman Rebecca Holliday is fifth in the league with a 9.717... Junior Heather Heinrich and sophomore Jackie Dillon are sixth and seventh in the conference, respectively, on vault with a 9.750 and 9.744 averages... Senior Nicki Felley is tied for ninth on floor with a 9.744 average.
Nationally, Simoneau is tied for No. 35 with her 9.812 average.
ABOUT UTAH STATE - The Aggies have improved on their season total score in each of their four meets, recently posting a 193.600 at Boise State... USU is 0-4 overall and 0-2 in WAC action.
Utah State has a season average of 190.869, including averages of 47.913 on vault, 48.163 on bars, 47.206 on beam and 47.588 on floor.
The Aggies notched season-highs of 48.725 on vault, 47.875 on beam and 48.600 on Friday at Boise State on their way to posting their season-best of 193.600, bettering their previous high of a 191.925 at Southern Utah by more than a point and a half.
ABOUT CAL STATE FULLERTON - The Titans are 2-2 overall and 1-1 in WAC action... In its last action, Fullerton posted a 193.125-191.300 win over UC Davis on Sunday.
Sophomore Alaina Baker won two events and took home the individual all-around title, notching a 38.875... Baker posted a 9.825 to capture the vault title and notched a 9.800 to win floor... Fellow sophomore Shelly Cooper won the bars with a 9.825.
Baker is tied for first in the WAC rankings on vault with a 9.800 average and is seventh in the conference in all-around with a 38.662 average.
The Titans have a team total average of 193.875, averaging a WAC-best 48.712 on vault, as well as 48.300 on bars, 47.750 on beam and 48.012 on floor.
CSF has scored a 48.500 or higher on vault in all four of its meets this season.
Fullerton is coached by Jill Hicks, who is in her third season, posting a 16-23 record... Hicks was the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
SERIES HISTORY VS. CAL STATE FULLERTON - Utah State is 18-11 all-time vs. Cal State Fullerton, posting a perfect 9-0 mark at home... The Aggies last met the Titans on Jan. 27 of last year in a dual at Fullerton, with USU narrowly winning with a slim 191.700-191.600 victory over CSF... Friday is the Titans' first trip to Logan since March 15, 2005 for the Western Gymnastics Conference, won by Utah State with a 195.150 score while Cal State Fullerton was fourth with a 193.550.... That was the Aggies' and Titans' final season in the conference before the WAC reinstated gymnastics as a conference sport coinciding with USU's joining of the league in 2006.
LAST TIME OUT - Behind two event titles plus the top all-around score as well as season-bests in three events paced Utah State to a season-best points total in the Aggies' 194.350-193.600 loss at No. 25 Boise State Friday night in a Western Athletic Conference gymnastics dual at BSU's Taco Bell Arena.
Junior Heather Heinrich won the all-around with a 38.950, just .050 shy of her career-best of 39.000, as well as tying a career-high with a 9.850 to win the vault. Sophomore Nicole Simoneau won the beam with a career-high tying 9.800. It was Heinrich's second win in a row on vault and her first in the all-around, while it was Simoneau's third win of the season, after two event titles on bars.
The Aggies posted season-bests of 48.725 on vault, 48.600 on floor and 47.875 on beam, as well as a 48.400, good for the second-best of the season, in tallying a 193.600, their top score of 2009.
Boise State tallied a 49.175 on floor, 48.900 on vault, 48.300 on bars and 47.975 on beam to register a 194.350.
USU is now 0-4 overall and 0-2 in WAC competition while BSU has a 5-1 overall and 2-0 WAC record.
Utah State opened on bars, where sophomore Lyndsie Boone led off with a 9.600, which was matched by Heinrich, followed by a 9.525 from freshman Rebecca Holliday. Heinrich then tallied a 9.700, which was followed by freshman Brandie Dickson's 9.600, then sophomore Jackie Dillon's second-place score of 9.775. Next, sophomore Nicole Simoneau, scored a 9.725, which is just the second time in 18 career meets that she scored lower than a 9.800. USU ended with a 48.400. Meanwhile, Boise State was on vault, posting a 48.900, holding a half point lead after the first rotation.
Moving to vault, freshman Rebecca Holliday led off with a 9.675, followed by a 9.375 and a 9.650 by Simoneau and Felley, respectively. Boone then notched a 9.725, followed by a 9.850 from Heinrich, a new season-high and tying her career-high, as well as tying for first. It was Heinrich's second win on vault in a row, as well as tying the fifth-highest score in school history. Dillon then joined Heinrich in the career-high tying parade with a 9.825, good for third-place and giving the Aggies a 48.725 vault total, a new season-high. The Broncos tallied a 48.300 on bars, and held a sliver-thin 97.200-97.125 lead at the meet's midway point.
Boone opened on floor for the Aggies' third rotation with a 9.725, followed by a 9.600 by Holliday. A 9.550 by Dillon preceded a 9.775 by redshirt-freshman Erica Huelsmann, tallying her career-best for the fourth meet in a row. Heinrich then notched a 9.725 and then a 9.775 from Felley completed USU's floor routines, giving USU a 48.600, also a season-best for the Aggies.
Boise State scored a 47.975 on beam, and Utah State led 145.725 - 145.175 heading to the fourth and final event, rotation.
Moving to beam for their fourth event, the Aggies were led off by Boone with an 8.850, followed by a 9.675 from Heinrich, then Huelsmann logged a 9.075. Freshman Haley Hogan notched a 9.625 and Holliday tallied a 9.700 before Simoneau concluded the rotation and the Aggies' action with a 9.800, tying her career-best, and giving USU a 47.875, another season-high.
Boise State secured the win with a 49.175 on floor, getting a 9.800, two 9.850's and a 9.900.
UTAH STATE RECORD BOOK WATCH - Utah State gymnasts had six individual event marks and five season average marks in the USU record book.
Last season, sophomore Nicole Simoneau posted a 9.900 on bars, which is the fourth-highest score in school history, becoming the 11th Aggie gymnast with that posting.
On the season average list, Simoneau's 9.822 average on bars is No. 2 on USU's top 20 season average bars list, trailing Christy Denson's 9.856 from 1999.
Sophomore Jackie Dillon's 9.732 average on vault last season is No. 15... Junior Heather Heinrich's 9.725 on vault average is tied for No. 17... Heinrich also holds the No. 20 spot with a 9.723 average in 2007.
REGIONAL HISTORY - In the 31-year history of the USU gymnastics program, the Aggies have qualified for regionals 26 times, with the highest finish coming in 1982 when the Aggies placed second and went on to the National Championships, where they placed ninth... USU's most recent appearance as a team at the regional championships was in 2007 when the Aggies placed sixth at the North Central Regional meet.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS - Utah State gymnastics began the 2008 season ranked 33rd in the country according to the Troester Women's Preseason Coaches Poll, before falling as low as No. 46 in the Jan. 21 rankings. USU finished the season at No. 38 in the final rankings.
2009 UTAH STATE SCHEDULE - USU's 2009 schedule consists of three road matches in the first four meets and concludes with just the opposite with three home meets among the final four.
The schedule includes three opponents ranked in the Top 25 of the 2009 preseason poll, including No. 2 Utah, No. 19 Boise State and No. 25 Kentucky, who all qualified for the NCAA Regionals. Four other 2009 opponents were among others receiving votes in the preseason poll and competed at NCAA Regionals in BYU, who was ranked 24th in last year's final poll, Southern Utah (No. 29 in final poll), San Jose State (30th) and Sacramento State (34th).
Heinrich garnered first-team all-WAC accolades after finishing tied for third on beam with a 9.825... Felley was a second-team all-WAC honoree after finishing fifth in the all-around with a 38.925 and tied for sixth on beam with a 9.800... Simoneau also collected second-team recognition after placing tied for fourth on bars with a 9.775.
NCAA REGIONAL RETURNERS - Four of USU's six individuals who qualified for last season's NCAA North Central Regional Championships return in 2009... Of the four, two were all-arounders and two were individual specialists... Senior Nicki Felley and junior Heather Heinrich were in the all-around while sophomore Lyndsie Boone was on beam and Nicole Simoneau qualified on bars.
Simoneau finished in a three-way tie for eighth with a 9.800... It was Simoneau's 13th posting of 9.800 or better last season.
Boone was 42nd on beam with an 8.275... In the all-around, Heinrich was 19th with a 37.650 while Felley finished 21st with a 36.975... Heinrich was tied for 29th on beam with a 9.575, tied for 28th on vault with a 9.675, tied for 37th on floor with a 9.650 and 41st on bars with an 8.750... Felley finished tied for 33rd on vault with a 9.625, 35th on bars with a 9.500, 41st on beam with an 8.975 and 42nd on floor, notching an 8.975.
ACADEMIC ALL-WAC - Utah State had six gymnasts earn academic all-Western Athletic Conference accolades... Of the 13 Utah State student-athletes to be recognized by the WAC, six were gymnasts, including one who received academic all-conference honors for the fourth straight year, one honored for the third time, while two more are being honored for the second time in a row... Of the six, two return in senior Nicki Felley and junior Heather Heinrich... Felley and Heinrich are both two-time academic all-WAC honorees.
2009 TEAM CAPTAIN - Senior Nicki Felley is the Aggies' team captain, marking the second season in a row that she has served as team captain.
USU TABBED TIED FOR FOURTH IN WAC PRESEASON GYMNASTICS POLL - Utah State gymnastics was picked tied for fourth in the 2009 Western Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll, as voted on by the league's six head coaches.
Utah State collected 10 points to tie with Cal State Fullerton for fourth-place.
Boise State, the defending WAC champion, was picked first with 23 points, receiving three first-place votes. Southern Utah, who also received three votes for first, was second with 22 points. San Jose State was third with 16 points, followed by Utah State and Cal State Fullerton with Sacramento State tabbed sixth with nine points.
The 2009 WAC Gymnastics Championships are on Saturday, March 21, at Sacramento, Calif., hosted by Sacramento State at The Hornets Nest.
2008 UTAH STATE RECAP - The Aggies ended the season with a 6-18 (.250) overall and 2-6 Western Athletic Conference ledger... Utah State had its five best scores of the season in the final five meets of the year... USU posted its season-best 194.450 in a home dual with San Jose State (March 7), topping the Spartans' 194.125... The Aggies' second-best mark was a 194.250 in a dual loss at BYU (196.300) on March 10... At the WAC Championships, USU logged its third-best mark of the season with a 194.150 in finishing fifth... Host Boise State won the team title with a 194.925, while San Jose State was second at 194.725. Southern Utah tallied a 194.575 for third, while Sacramento State was fourth at 194.275, followed by Utah State's 194.150 and Cal State Fullerton's sixth-place finish at 192.650... A 193.900 in the quad meet at Texas Woman's on March 14 was good for USU's fourth-highest score of the season, finishing third behind Kentucky's 195.200 and Texas Woman's with 194.200, but ahead of Centenary's 192.025... The Aggies' No. 5 best mark of the season was a 193.150 in a home dual loss to Southern Utah on March 21, after the Thunderbirds notched a 195.075.
HEAD COACH Jeff Richards - Jeff Richards took over the reigns of the Utah State gymnastics program in July, 2008, becoming only the second head coach in the Aggies' history after legendary coach Ray Corn retired after 31 seasons.
Richards, who was born and raised in Logan and is a 1988 graduate of Logan High School, was an assistant coach at Utah State from 1988-90. He has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, where he recently was named the 2008 North Central Region Assistant Co-Coach of the Year with fellow Iowa assistant, Talya Vexler. The award comes after Richards helped the Hawkeyes to a 10-4-1 record, a ranking as high as No. 19 in the national polls and finishing third in the Big Ten.
Richards, who has over 20 years of collegiate gymnastics experience, served as Iowa's main bars coach and spotter for all four events. He was also in charge of travel, equipment and scheduling for the Hawkeyes. Last season Richards coached the Hawkeyes to a season-high 49.0 on bars in a dual meet against Iowa State. He also coached senior Katie Burke to a first-place performance on bars against Illinois and Michigan State. Richards also coached freshman Rebecca Simbhudas to first-place performances on bars twice.
Richards began his coaching career as a student-assistant at Utah State from 1988-1990, before transferring to Southern Utah, where he finished his student-assistant coaching duties and earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from SUU in 1995. While at Southern Utah, Richards was an assistant coach for the Thunderbirds under SUU head coach Scott Bauman, also a former USU assistant coach, until 1998. From 1998-2004 Richards was head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and was head coach at Winona State University from 2004-05 before joining Iowa in 2005.
While at Wisconsin-Stout, Richards earned the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award for both the 2000 and 2001 seasons, and the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Coach of the Year honors for the 2000 season. He coached seven NCGA All-Americans and eight all-conference award winners at Wisconsin-Stout, leading the Blue Devils to the 2001 NCGA National Championships. UW-Stout broke its team-best score each of Richards' six seasons at the helm.
At Winona State, Richards mentored two gymnasts who qualified for the NCGA National Championships.
During his stint at Southern Utah, Richards helped increase the team score from 170 to 188 in his first year, as well as coaching individual regional qualifiers each year and one national qualifier, and highly increased the Thunderbirds' recruiting caliber.
While at Utah State, Richards helped the Aggies to two appearances in the NCAA Regional Championships in both 1989 and 1990, and coached Tana Davis in the all-around to the NCAA National Championships both seasons. Richards also helped coached all-High Country Athletic Conference honoree Stephanie Green in 1990.
A GLANCE AT THE AGGIES
Lyndsie Boone - Was the Aggies' top all-arounder in the dual with Central Michigan, finishing third with a 38.600, notching a personal-best 9.725 on bars, good for tying for sixth, as well as placing fourth on vault (9.625), tied for seventh on beam (9.650) and seventh on floor (9.600)... Posted a 9.650 (7th) on bars and a 9.625 on vault (T-8th), as well as an 8.825 (12th) on floor at the Southern Utah dual... She also was an exhibitionist on beam, posting a 9.450.
LAST SEASON: An NCAA North Central Regional qualifier on beam... Competed in the vault and floor in every meet, as well as the beam in all but one... Competed in the all-around and bars in four meets... At the WAC Championships, she notched a 9.725 (T-13th) on beam, a 9.800 on floor (T-13th) and a 9.675 (T-27th) on vault... Selected to the NCAA North Central Regional meet on beam, where she was 42nd with an 8.275... Posted season-highs of 9.750 on vault (at BYU 3/10) , 9.675 on bars (vs. SJSU 3/7), 9.750 on beam (at BYU 3/10), 9.800 on floor (vs. Denver 2/29, vs. SJSU 3/7) and 38.625 in the all-around (vs. SJSU 3/7).
Brandie Dickson - Made her USU debut in the Kentucky debut, placing sixth on bars (9.475), finishing third for USU... Tallied a personal-best with a 9.775 on bars, tying for fourth in the Central Michigan dual... Notched a 9.400 (10th) on bars in the dual at the Southern Utah.
HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for the Apollo Gymnastics team under coach Ken Anderson... Competed in vault, bars, beam and floor... Was a two-time Level 9 regional qualifier and a 2003 Level 9 Eastern National Qualifier... A three-time Level 10 regional qualifier.
Jackie Dillon - Posted a career-best 9.600 on bars (5th) at Kentucky in the season-opener, as well as 9.625 on vault (T-7th) and 8.875 on floor (10th)... Logged a personal-best 9.700 on bars (8th), as well as 9.775 on vault (2nd) and 8.950 on floor (10th) in the home-opener dual vs. Central Michigan... Tallied two more personal-bests in the dual at Southern Utah with a 9.750 on vault (T-3rd) and a 9.800 on bars (T-3rd), in addition to a 9.575 (10th) on floor.
LAST SEASON: At the WAC Championships, she posted a 9.675 on vault (T-27th)... Notched season-bests of 9.825 on vault (3/10 at BYU), 9.800 on floor (2/29 vs. Denver) and 9.450 on bars (1/27 at Cal State Fullerton).
Nicki Felley - Was fourth in the all-around at the Kentucky dual in the season-opener with a 36.750, scoring a 9.600 on floor (5th), 9.475 on vault (9th), 9.350 on bars (7th) and an 8.325 on beam (12th)... Was fourth in the all-around (37.300) in the Central Michigan dual, placing second on floor with a 9.775 as well as posting a 9.425 on vault (9th), 9.100 on bars (11th), 9.000 on floor (11th)... At Southern Utah, she was fifth in the all-around (37.550), posting 9.825 on floor (T-4th), 9.600 on bars (9th), 9.350 on vault (10th) and 8.775 on beam (11th).
LAST SEASON: A second-team all-WAC honoree on both beam and in the all-around... An NCAA North Central Regional qualifier in the all-around... Had season averages of 9.580 on vault, 9.617 on bars, 9.400 on beam, 9.565 on floor and 38.246 in the all-around... Led USU in the all-around and ranked ninth in the WAC and 17th in the region... Competed in the all-around in every meet of the season... Posted season-bests of 9.825 on vault (2/4 at Southern Utah), 9.825 on bars (2/4 at Southern Utah), 9.800 on beam (3/29 at WAC Champs.), 9.825 on floor (2/15 vs. BYU/NH, 2/29 vs. Denver) and 38.925 in all-around (3/29 at WAC Champs.)... At the WAC Championships, she earned second-team all-WAC accolades on both beam and in the all-around after placing tied for sixth on beam (9.800) and fifth in the all-around (38.925)... Selected to the NCAA North Central Regional meet in the all-around, where she finished 21st with a 36.975... Placed tied for 33rd on vault with a 9.625, 35th on bars with a 9.500, 41st on beam with an 8.975, and 42nd on floor, notching an 8.975... Earned academic all-WAC accolades in addition to the USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award.
Rachel Flessner - Has yet to compete this season due to injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a seven-year Level 10 gymnast for Champion's Gymnastics Team for Kellie Mizoguchi... Qualified for the United States Challenge as a pre-elite junior... Won the Gymnastics Association of Texas National Honor Award... Placed 14th in all-around and tied for fifth on vault at the 2007 Region III Level 10 Regionals... Was a 2005 Region III bar champion.
Heather Heinrich - Was third in the all-around in the season-opening meet at Kentucky with a 37.575... Tallied a 9.650 on floor (4th), 9.625 on vault (T-7th), 9.325 on bars (8th), and an 8.975 on beam (9th)... Was third on vault in the Central Michigan dual with a 9.725... In the dual at Southern Utah, she won the vault (9.800) as well as placing eighth on both the beam (9.650) and bars (9.625), and was 11th on floor (9.125) to finish fourth in the all-around (38.200).
LAST SEASON: Earned first-team all-WAC honors on beam... An NCAA North Central Regional Qualifier in the all-around... Was the Aggies' top vaulter with a 9.728 average and also had USU's top beam average with a 9.505... Competed in the vault, bars and beam in every event of the season... Also competed in the floor and all-around in every event except three... Had season averages of 9.725 on vault, 9.292 on bars, 9.510 on beam, 9.481 on floor and 37.850 in the all-around... Notched season-bests of 9.825 on vault (2/4 at Southern Utah, 3/10 at BYU), 9.750 on bars (3/7 vs. SJSU), 9.825 on beam (3/29 at WAC Champs.), 9.850 on floor (3/7 vs. SJSU), which was also a career-high, and 39.000 in the all-around (3/7 vs. SJSU), also her career-high... Earned a spot to the NCAA North Central Regional meet in the all-around where she was 19th with a 37.650... Finished tied for 29th on beam with a 9.575, tied for 28th on vault with a 9.675, tied for 37th on floor with a 9.650 and 41st on bars with an 8.750... Received academic all-WAC honors as well as the USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award.
Haley Hogan - Posted a 9.050 on beam (8th) in the season-opener at Kentucky... Tallied a season-best 9.625 on beam (9th) as well as 9.475 on floor (8th) in the Central Michigan dual... Scored a 9.675 on beam (7th) and a 9.600 on floor (9th).
HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for North Davis Gymnastics Team for coach Ken Wright... Competed in regionals in 2003 through 2006 and 2008... State champion on floor and third on bars in 2008.
Rebecca Holliday - Was fifth in the all-around with a 36.400 at Kentucky in the season-opener, logging a 9.625 on beam (3rd), 9.150 on bars (9th), 8.825 on vault (11th) and an 8.800 on floor (11th)... Did not compete in the Central Michigan dual... Notched a season-best 9.825 on beam (T-2nd) and a 9.050 on vault (12th), while performing exhibition on floor (9.650) and bars (8.975).
HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for the South Coast Gymnastics Club and earned the South Coast Gymnast of the Year honor in 2005... Coached by former Chinese Olympians Xiaoping Li and Jia Wen... Placed 11th in all-around at the 2007 Level 10 Southern California state meet... Also competed in track and field in high school.
Erica Huelsmann - In her Aggie debut, posted 9.550 on floor (6th) and 9.400 on beam (5th)... Notched a 9.650 on floor (5th) and a 9.025 on beam (10th) in the Central Michigan dual... Scored a season-best on floor for the third meet in a row with a 9.700 (7th), as well as scoring an 8.250 on beam (12th) at the Southern Utah dual.
LAST SEASON: Redshirted the season after shoulder surgery.
Chelsea Marquardt - Will miss the first portion of the season with an injury.
LAST SEASON: Saw limited action after suffering knee injury in third meet of season, missed four meets, before returning to bars-only action the rest of the year... Had season averages of 9.750 on vault, 9.660 on bars and 9.588 on beam... Tallied season-best scores of 9.800 on vault (1/18 vs. Sac State), 9.800 on bars (2/29 vs. Denver, 3/21 vs. Southern Utah) and 9.625 on beam (1/18 vs. Sac State)... At the WAC Championships, she tied for 21st on bars (9.675).
Kileigh Peterson - Redshirting this season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for the All American Gymnastics team under coaches Dawn Johnson, Jodi Merrel and Lena Johnson... Won the regional meet at Western Nationals in 2007.
Nicole Simoneau - Notched a 9.800 on bars (2nd) in the season-opener at Kentucky, as well as a 9.425 on vault (10th) and 9.100 on beam (T-6th)... Was USU's lone event winner in the Central Michigan dual, winning the bars with a season-best 9.875... Also posted a 9.775 on beam, finishing as USU's top finisher in the event at third, as well as tied for sixth on vault (9.550)... At the dual at Southern Utah, she won the bars for the second meet in a row with a 9.850, her 16th score of 9.800 or better in 17 career meets, as well as a career-best 9.800 on beam (T-4th) and a 9.325 on vault (11th).
LAST SEASON: Earned second-team all-WAC recognition on bars after finishing tied for fourth (9.775) at the WAC Championships... Selected to the NCAA North Central Regional meet, where she placed in a three-way tie for eighth with a 9.800... Had season-averages of 9.822 on bars, 9.606 on vault and 9.039 on beam... Tallied season-bests of 9.900 on bars (3/21 vs. Southern Utah), 9.750 on beam (2/15 vs. BYU/NH) and 9.650 on vault (1/22 vs. Boise State), as well as scoring 9.175 on floor and 37.650 in all-around, competing in each one time (1/18 vs. Sac. State).