Feb. 6, 2013
Air Force at Utah State Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Logan, Utah Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 - 7 p.m. (MT)
HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN - After spending three of the first four competition weekends on the road, Utah State gymnastics is back home at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Friday, Feb. 8. The Aggies host the Falcons from the Air Force Academy with action getting underway at 7 p.m. (MT).
THINK PINK - Utah State gymnastics is hosting its annual Think Pink Night, supporting cancer awareness. Fans who attend the meet wearing pink clothing will get in free. Logan Regional Hospital Foundation will have a table on the west concourse passing out information on their cancer services. The gymnastics team will be collecting donations that will go toward its participation in Relay for Life in April. The race will take place on campus and all the money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
KIDS NIGHT/CLUB NIGHT - The USU Athletic Department is sponsoring Kids Night for the Air Force meet. There will be free face painting available for kids and families on the west concourse before and during the meet from 6:30-8:30. The team will be available on the west concourse after the competition for a meet-and-greet and autograph session.
The Aggies are excited to welcome gymnasts from local gymnastics clubs to Friday's meet. Logan's Airbound Gymnastics will be the post-meet entertainment between the end of competition and the awards ceremony.
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. Utah State students get in free with their student ID.
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.
ABOUT AIR FORCE - The Falcons are 3-5 this season, most recently coming off a quad-meet in Denver where they fell to No. 11 Denver, then-No. 24 North Carolina State and San Jose State. USAFA is averaging a score of 191.756 in its meets so far this season. They scored the best team score in two seasons with 193.225 coming in a home quad-meet against UC Davis, Texas University and Missouri on Jan. 26.
SERIES HISTORY - Though not extensive, Utah State and Air Force have a competition history. The Aggies lead the Falcons, 9-1, but this is will be Air Force's first trip to Logan. Most recently the two met in a quad-meet at the University of Arizona during the 2012 season. USU finished third in that meet with a total score of 192.975, while Air Force finished fourth with an overall score of 192.175.
NECK-AND-NECK NUMBERS - Both Air Force and Utah State compete in the North Central Region. So far this season, the two teams have produced similar average scores, putting them near each other in the rankings for each event. Overall, USU is ranked eighth with an average score of 191.938 while the Falcons are No. 9 with an average of 191.756.
On vault, the Aggies are No. 7 to the Falcons' No. 8. USU is also just ahead of USAFA on bars, ranking eighth to their ninth. Utah State has a significant lead on beam, holding down the No. 5 spot while Air Force is at No. 9. The Falcons' only edge on the Aggies comes on the floor, where they are No. 8 and the Aggies are No. 10.
THE LAST TIME OUT - With a season-high score of 194.200, Utah State gymnastics fell to Southern Utah (195.425) in its Western Athletic Conference opener in Cedar City, Utah on Friday.
The Aggies recorded a 48.575 on bars, a 48.550 on vault, 48.825 on floor and 48.250 on beam for their final score of 194.200. The Thunderbirds posted a 48.625 on vault, 48.975 on bars, 48.975 on beam and 48.850 on floor for their total score of 195.425.
Utah State swept the all-around competition titles with sophomore Sarah Landes in first with a season-high 39.200. Junior Paige Jones finished second with a season-high 39.100, while freshman Hayley Sanzotti was in third with a career-best 38.875.
Freshman Kinzey Martinez claimed the vault title with a 9.775, while Jones tied for second with a 9.750. Jones finished second on bars with a 9.850, while Landes tied for third-place with a season-high 9.825. Landes, Sanzotti and freshman Joanna Cuba were part of a four-way tie for second place on beam, each notching a 9.825. Landes and Jones also tied for first on floor with season-best scores of 9.825.
JOINING THE RANKS - This week, Utah State is No. 55 in the Gym Info/Troester rankings. For the first half of the season, the rankings are based solely on each team's average scores. The Aggies are No. 8 among the North Central Region and sixth in the WAC.
In the North Central Region, all three Aggie all-arounders are in the top 50 with Landes at No. 9, Jones at No. 15 and freshman Hayley Sanzotti at No. 23. On vault, freshman Kinzey Martinez is No. 13, Jones at No. 22, Landes at No. 32, sophomore Kaitlyn Betts at No. 33 with freshman Michelle Yasukochi rounding out the top 50. Jones, Landes and Martinez are among the top 50 on bars as well, at Nos. 12, 13 and 32, respectively. On beam, Landes is at No. 12, Jones at No. 26 and Sanzotti at No. 29.
The Aggies are also well-represented in the conference rankings. In the all-around, Landes is No. 6, followed by Jones at No. 11 and Sanzotti at No. 16. Martinez is tied at No. 5 on vault while Jones is tied for 13th. On bars, Jones is tied at No. 8, Landes is tied at No. 10, senior Amelia Montoya holds the No. 15 spot while Martinez is at No. 18. Additionally, Landes is the only Aggie in the top 20 on beam and floor, at No. 8 and No. 18, respectively.
SOCIAL MEDIA - 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 are back on the road next weekend, starting their longest road trip of the season. First up is a tri-meet at San Jose State on Friday, Feb. 15 when USU will take on WAC-rival SJSU as well as Brown University. The trip will continue with a quad-meet in Denver on Feb. 23, then back to California for a dual-meet at Sacramento State on March 1.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER - So far this season, five Aggies have won event titles, including two all-around wins. Junior Paige Jones tied for the vault title at BYU (9.750), while freshman Joanna Cuba won the balance beam at Boise State (9.825). The tri-meet against SUU and Hamline was the most successful for USU gymnasts, with freshman Kinzey Martinez winning bars (9.825) and sophomore Sarah Landes claiming the beam and all-around titles (9.825/39.125). Martinez and Landes saw success the next weekend at SUU, with Martinez winning vault (9.775) and Landes claiming the all-around title with a season-high 39.200.
USU returns six different gymnasts who claimed event titles in 2012. Jones and sophomore 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.
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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