Aggie Gymnastics Faces Fourth-Ranked Utes Friday
Feb. 10, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
Utah State at #4 Utah Huntsman Center - (15,000) Salt Lake City, Utah Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 - 7 p.m. (MT)ON TAP - Utah State (1-7, 0-1 WAC) gymnastics will continue its two-meet road swing against in-state opponents when the Aggies take on No. 4 Utah (4-1) on Friday, Feb. 12... The Beehive State battle between the Aggies and the Utes starts at 7 p.m. (MT) at Utah's Huntsman Center (15,000).
BEEHIVE STATE BATTLE-TESTED - Friday's meeting with Utah will be USU's third match-up with an in-state foe, after taking on Southern Utah on Jan. 22 and BYU on Feb. 5... It is also the second of a four-meet stretch against in-state opponents for USU, after BYU last week, Utah this week, Southern Utah on Monday, Feb. 15 and BYU on Friday, Feb. 19.
RANK STREAK - Friday also marks USU's sixth-straight meet against at least one ranked team in the top 30... Friday's meet vs. fourth-ranked Utah is USU's highest-ranked opponent this season, after facing No. 25 Central Michigan on Jan. 15, No. 30 New Hampshire on Jan. 17, No. 21 Southern Utah on Jan. 22, No. 21 Boise State on Jan. 29 and No. 20 Denver on Feb. 5.
FAMILIARITY VS. RANKED UTES - Since 1997, Utah State has faced Utah 18 times and the Aggies have faced a Utes squad ranked in the top five all 18 times... Friday will be the sixth time that Utah has been ranked No. 4 in the country when facing the Aggies... The Utes' average rank when facing the Aggies is No. 3 (2.77778 to be precise), being ranked No. 1 twice, No. 2 seven times, No. 3 three times, No. 4 five times and No. 5 once... The lowest that Utah has been ranked when the Aggies faced the Utes in those 18 times was No. 5 at the 2001 NCAA Regionals, hosted by Utah.
IN THE RANKINGS - Utah is No. 4 in this week's Troester Women's Gymnastics rankings while Utah State is No. 50... Those are the same rankings that both teams had in last week's rankings... The Utes are also ranked No. 1 in the North Central region rankings, while the Aggies are eighth.
Rank Team Avg. Region High RQS 4 Utah, U. of 196.060 NC - 1 196.550 - 50 Utah State 190.350 NC - 8 191.650 -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.
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UP NEXT - USU returns to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to host Southern Utah on Monday, Feb. 15... Monday is USU's annual Flip `N' Stick For The Cure meet, with free admission for all fans wearing pink.
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ABOUT UTAH STATE - The Aggies take a 1-7 record into Friday's meet after finishing third in the BYU tri-meet with #20 Denver, posting a 190.475... Utah State had a three-meet road swing to open the season, dropping a dual at Central Michigan in the season-opener on Jan. 15 and then finishing third at the four-team New Hampshire Invitational on Jan. 17... USU got into the win column for the first time in its second meet of the year, after not getting its first win until the 11th meet of the year last season... The Aggies were on the short end of a 195.050-191.225 dual at No. 21 Southern Utah on Jan. 22... In its home-opener on Jan. 29, USU just missed out on upsetting No. 21 Boise State, dropping a 191.625-191.125 decision.
The Aggies are fifth in the WAC with a 191.650 total... USU is also ranked fifth in the WAC in vault (47.965), beam (47.195) and floor (47.430) while ranking sixth on bars (47.760).
Individually, senior Heather Heinrich is sixth in the WAC and 13th in the North Central region in vault with a 9.765 avg... Heinrich is also tied for 110th in the nation on vault... Freshman Amelia Montoya ranks eighth in the conference and 16th in the region in the all-around with a 38.192 average while Heinrich is ninth in the league and 17th in the region (37.792) and junior Lyndsie Boone is 10th in the conference and 19th in the region (37.825).... Junior Jackie Dillon and sophomore Haley Hogan are tied for the team leading average on bars with 9.650's, tying for 15th in the WAC and 27th in the region... Sophomore Rachel Flessner is 14th in the conference and 37th in the region on beam (9.556) while freshman Amanda Watamaniuk had a 9.650 on floor, officially performing for the first time in the BYU tri-meet, ranking tied for ninth in the league and tied for 25th in the region.
INJURY BUG - Utah State has been bitten by the injury bug, as junior Jackie Dillon, sophomores Rebecca Holliday and Brandie Dickson along with freshman Amelia Montoya all missed the BYU/Denver tri-meet with an injury, as USU had only six gymnasts in action... The injury bug bit again with junior Lyndsie Boone and sophomore Chelsea Marquardt suffering knee injuries with awkward vault landings at the BYU meet and are questionable for the Utah meet... On the good news front, Dillon, Holliday and Dickson are expected to compete Friday on a limited action basis.
RETURNING FROM HOLLIDAY - Sophomore Rebecca Holliday is expected to make her 2010 debut Friday night, missing the previous five meets with a foot injury.
ABOUT UTAH - The fourth-ranked Utes are 4-1 on the season with a 196.060 team total average... Utah, who is first in the region in all four events plus team total, ranks third in the nation on beam (49.025 avg), seventh on floor (49.025), eighth on beam (48.965) and ninth on vault (49.045).... The Utes posted a 195.125 in a season-opening loss to then-No. 5 UCLA on Jan. 9, but then topped #21 Iowa State (196.300-195.350) on Jan. 15, edged #10 Georgia (196.550-196.500) on Jan. 22, topped Washington (195.850-194.650) on Jan. 29 and beat Arizona State (196.475-195.700).
Individually, Utah has four individuals in the top 25 in the country in all-around in senior Daria Bijak at No. 16 (39.200 avg), No. 19 sophomore Stephanie McAllister (39.138), No. 20 junior Kyndal Robarts (39.133) and No. 22 senior Jamie Deetscreek (39.100)... Robarts is also fourth in the country on vault (9.890) and tied for 16th on beam (9.825), while Bijak is tied for 13th in the nation on bars (9.855) and 14th on floor (9.870)... Senior Annie DiLuzio is seventh in the nation on beam (9.840) and tied for seventh on floor (9.890).
AGGIE-UTE CONNECTIONS - Utah assistant coach Jeff Graba is in his fifth year with the Utes after coaching at Utah State from 2004-05... UU gymnastics manager Jayme Goodsell competed for the Aggie gymnastics team from 2004-06 before transferring to Utah and becoming the team manager... Utes' associate director of sports medicine Tom Ireiye did graduate work at Utah State and worked in the Logan area from 1989-2001 at Mountain Crest High School (1989-91), Mountain West Physical Therapy (1991-99) and Alpine Orthopedic Specialties (1999-2001).
SERIES HISTORY VS. UTAH - The Aggies are 3-82 all-time vs. the Utes, including 0-36 at Salt Lake City... All of the gymnasts in action Friday night weren't even born the last time that Utah State topped Utah, as USU's last win was in 1979, topping UU in a meet at Tucson, Ariz... The Utes have an 82-meet win streak against the Aggies.
LAST TIME OUT - Utah State finished third in a tri-meet with Brigham Young and 20th-ranked Denver Friday night at BYU's Smith Fieldhouse... The Aggies scored a 190.475 final, while DU won with a 195.050 and BYU was second with a 194.975.
-- USU scored a 47.575 on bars, a 47.250 on beam, a season-best 48.550 on floor and a 47.150 on vault for a total score of 190.475.
-- Senior Heather Heinrich was USU's top all-arounder, finishing third with a season-high 38.675... Heinrich was also USU's top scorer on both vault and bars, scoring a 9.750 on vault, good for a tie for sixth, and posting a 9.700 on bars to place 10th... Heinrich tied for top USU honors on floor with teammates Chelsea Marquardt and Lyndsie Boone all with 9.750's and tying for ninth.
-- Sophomore Haley Hogan and freshman Amanda Watamaniuk competed in the all-around for the first time in their collegiate careers, with Watamaniuk finishing sixth with a 37.175 and Hogan placing seventh with a 36.975.
-- The Aggies were short-handed, with only seven gymnasts warming up due to injuries and the injury bug bit USU during warm-ups with sophomore Brandie Dickson suffering a foot injury and scratching from action.
NO ALL-WAC RETURNERS FROM LAST YEAR - This is the first time in Utah State's five seasons in the WAC that the Aggies don't have anyone returning that earned all-WAC accolades the previous season... It is the first time since 1992 that USU doesn't have an all-WAC honoree from the previous season after not having any Aggie gymnasts earn all-conference honors at the 1991 conference meet.
Heinrich posted a 9.756 average on vault in 2009, which is No. 13 on USU's season-average list for the event... Heinrich bumps her 9.723 average from 2007 out of the top 20 list.
Heinrich also has the fifth-highest event high score on vault with a 9.850 at Boise State on Jan. 30... She matched her career-high, as she posted that score in 2007 at the WAC Championships, giving her two of the 17 season-best marks on the list.
Dillon's 9.713 bars season-average from 2009 is No. 15 on the Aggies' season-average list for the event, while her 9.732 vault season-average from 2008 is also No. 15 on USU's season-average list for the event.
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 a student assistant coach at Utah State from 1988-90.
Prior to USU, Richards spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, where he was named the 2008 North Central Region Assistant Co-Coach of the Year with fellow Iowa assistant, Talya Vexler. The award came 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. In 2008, 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 - A two-time NCAA Regional qualifier (all-around in 2009 and beam and 2008)... Seventh in the all-around at the CMU dual (36.675), posting 9.625 on bars (T-4th), 9.450 on vault (10th) and 8.800 on both beam (10th) and floor (11th)... Was second in the all-around at the UNH Invite with a 37.825, logging 9.775 on floor (T-6th), 9.750 on vault (T-2nd), 9.550 on beam (T-12th) and 8.750 on bars (22nd)... At the SUU dual, was third in the all-around (37.950), tying for fourth on vault (9.750), placing eighth on bars (9.650), 10th on floor (9.200) and 11th on beam (9.350)... Finished first in the all-around in the home meet against Boise State with a 38.850, posting a second-place finish in the vault (9.825), third on beam (9.725), fourth on the floor (9.675), and fifth on bars (9.625)... Finished fourth in the all-around at the BYU tri-meet with Denver, posting a 38.275, after logging a 9.750 on floor (T-9th), 9.650 on beam (T-6th), 9.550 on bars (13th) and a 9.325 on vault (15th), landing awkwardly on vault and injuring her knee.
LAST SEASON: An NCAA North Central Regional all-around qualifier, finishing 21st with a 36.725... Was tied for 32nd on beam (9.525), 37th on bars (9.250), 41st on floor (8.625) and tied for 41st on vault (9.325)... Finished ninth in the all-around at the WAC Championships (37.450), posting a 9.675 on vault (T-26th), 9.600 on bars (T-27th), 9.125 on floor (34th) and a 9.050 on beam (35th)... 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)... Notched a career-best 9.750 on bars (T-5th) in the dual with Cal State Fullerton... Logged a career-best 38.700 in tying for first in the all-around of the dual with Pittsburgh, matching season-bests on floor and bars with a 9.725 on floor (3rd) and a 9.750 on bars (T-4th)... Won the all-around of the BYU dual with a 38.600 for second AA win, as well as posting a 9.750 on floor (T-3rd) and a 9.725 on vault (3rd)... Was third in the all-around of the home final dual with SUU, logging a 38.600 for the third time this season, also scored a 9.750 on floor, tying season-high... An academic all-WAC selection.
Amanda Corn - Out for the season with an injury.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL -- Competed for the Tytans Gymnastics Team coached by Jami Sharp and Ray Corn... Competed in optionals for five years
Brandie Dickson - Logged a 9.575 on bars at the CMU dual in an exhibition performance... Posted a 9.775 on bars to tie for third at the UNH Invite... Tallied a 9.575 (10th) on bars at the SUU dual... Finished with a 9.050 (9th) on bars in the home meet against Boise State... Missed the BYU tri-meet with Denver with an injury suffered during warm-ups.
LAST SEASON: Made USU debut in Kentucky, 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 Southern Utah... In the dual at Boise State, logged a 9.600 on bars (T-8th)... Tied season-best with a 9.775 on bars in the Cal State Fullerton dual, placing second... Tied personal-best for the third time with a 9.775 on bars, good for sixth in the dual with Utah... Finished fourth on bars (9.725) in the BYU dual... In the home finale dual vs. SUU tied a personal-best with a 9.775 on bars (T-6th)... Tied for 24th on bars at the WAC Championships with a 9.650... Earned academic all-WAC accolades.
Jackie Dillon - Tallied 9.675's on both bars (2nd) and vault (6th), as well as an 8.825 on beam (9th) at the CMU dual... At the UNH Invite, was tied for seventh on vault (9.650), eighth on bars (9.750) and 10th on beam (9.600)... Posted a 9.525 on bars (11th) and a 9.225 on vault (12th) at the SUU dual... Missed the Boise State home meet and the tri-meet at BYU with an injury.
LAST SEASON: An NCAA North Central Regional vault qualifier and was USU's top finisher at the meet, placing tied for 18th with a 9.800... Posted a career-best 9.600 on bars (5th) at Kentucky in the season-opener... Logged a 9.700 on bars (8th) and a 9.775 on vault (2nd) in the home-opener dual vs. Central Michigan... Tallied personal-best in the dual at SUU with a 9.800 on bars (T-3rd) and scored a 9.750 on vault (T-3rd)... At the Boise State dual, tallied a career-best 9.825 on vault (3rd), as well as a 9.775 on bars (T-2nd)... In the dual with Cal State Fullerton, tied a personal-best by notching a 9.825 on floor (T-2nd), 9.750 on bars (T-5th) and a 9.725 on vault (T-5th)... Tied a career-high with a 9.825 (T-3rd) on floor in the Utah dual, as well as posting a 9.825 on vault (5th)... In the Sacramento State tri meet, scored a 9.775 on bars (T-2nd)... Earned her first career event win by tying for first on vault (9.775) in the BYU dual, as well notching a 9.750 on floor (T-3rd)... Had a personal-best 9.825 on bars (T-3rd) in the SUU dual, as well as posting 9.800 on vault (3rd) and 9.775 on floor (2nd)... At the WAC Championships, notched a 9.750 on floor (T-20th), 9.600 on bars (T-27th) and a 9.300 on vault (36th).
Rachel Flessner - In her collegiate competition debut, logged an 8.500 on floor (12th) at the CMU dual... Posted a 9.500 (15th) on beam and a 9.325 on floor (21st) at the UNH Invite... At the SUU dual, logged a 9.600 on beam to tie for eighth... Finished tied for seventh on the beam (9.550) and ninth on floor (9.200) in the home meet against Boise State... Posted a career-high 9.650 on floor (T-16th) at the BYU tri-meet with Denver, as well as scoring a 9.575 on beam (T-9th).
LAST SEASON: Did not compete due to an injury... Earned USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Heather Heinrich - A 2008 NCAA Regional participant in the all-around... Two-time all-WAC performer... Was sixth in the all-around at the CMU dual (37.300), logging a 9.750 on vault (T-3rd), 9.450 on bars (10th), a 9.075 on beam (T-7th) and a 9.025 on floor (10th)... Won the vault with a 9.800 at the UNH Invite, placing fourth in the all-around (37.650), including 9.725's on both beam (6th) and floor (T-8th) along with an 8.400 on bars (24th)... At the SUU dual, tied for third on floor (9.775) and tied for fourth on both vault (9.750) and beam (9.650), while posting a 9.200 on bars in an exhibition.... Posted an all-around score of 38.525 (2nd) with a second-place finish on floor (9.750), fifth on vault (9.775), third on bars (9.650) and 11th on the beam (9.250) in the home meet against Boise State... Was USU's top all-arounder in the BYU tri-meet with Denver, logging a season-high 38.675 (3rd), posting 9.750's on both vault (T-6th) and floor (T-9th), as well as 9.700 on bars (10th) and a 9.475 on beam (13th).
LAST SEASON: Missed five meets with illness... Returned in regular-season finale in Southern Utah dual... Competed in three events at the WAC Championships, finishing tied for 12th on beam (9.750), tied for 17th on bars (9.600) and tied for 19th on vault (9.750)... Was third in the all-around in the season-opening meet at Kentucky with a 37.575... Was third on vault in the Central Michigan dual with a 9.725... In the dual at Southern Utah, won the vault (9.800) and finished fourth in the all-around (38.200)... At the Boise State meet, won the all-around with a season-best 38.950, as well as tying for the win on vault (9.850) for second vault win in a row... In the dual with Cal State Fullerton, won a career-best two events, tying for the vault win for the third meet in a row (9.825), as well as tying a career-best on floor with a 9.850... Was USU's top all-around finisher at the Utah dual, placing third with a 38.350, highlighted by a 9.825 on floor to tie for third... Scored a 9.750 on vault (6th) in the home dual vs. SUU in her return to line-up... Earned academic all-WAC accolades in addition to earning the USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award.
Haley Hogan - At the CMU dual, registered a 9.450 on floor (7th) and a 9.400 on beam (5th)... Tallied a 9.450 on floor (18th) and an 8.875 on beam (23rd) at the UNH Invite.... Logged a 9.650 (T-4th) on beam and an 8.850 on floor (12th) at the SUU dual... Finished seventh on beam (9.550) and eighth on floor (9.350) in the home meet against Boise State... Competed in the all-around for the first time as an Aggie in the BYU tri-meet with Denver, posting a 36.975 (7th) in the all-around, and scored a 9.650 (11th) in her first official bars action, as well as 9.300 on vault (16th), 9.025 on floor (18th) and 9.000 on beam (17th).
LAST SEASON: In the Cal State Fullerton dual, notched a season-best 9.725 on floor (6th)... Posted a season-high 9.725 on beam (6th) in the dual vs. Pittsburgh... In the dual with BYU, tied season-best on beam with a 9.725 (5th)... Had a season-best 9.575 on vault (10th) in the SUU dual... Tied for 15th on beam (9.725) at the WAC Championships, as well as finishing 30th on floor (9.625) and 34th on vault (9.550)... Earned academic all-WAC honors.
Rebecca Holliday - Yet to compete this season due to injury.
LAST SEASON: Placed fifth in the all-around with a 36.400 at Kentucky in the season-opener, logging a 9.625 on beam (3rd), as well as a 9.150 on bars (9th), an 8.825 on vault (11th) and an 8.800 on floor (11th)... Notched a season-best 9.825 on beam (T-2nd) at the Southern Utah dual... Scored a season-best 38.500 in the all-around at the Boise State dual, finishing third, tallying season-bests 9.675 on vault (T-9th) and 9.525 on bars (10th), as well as a 9.700 on beam (3rd) and a 9.600 on floor (T-11th)... In the home dual against Cal State Fullerton, posted 9.525 on beam (3rd) and 9.500 on vault (T-9th)... Was fifth in the all-around at the BYU quad meet, with a 37.100... At the Sacramento State tri-meet, placed third in the all-around with a 37.925, tallying a 9.800 on beam (T-3rd), 9.600 on vault (11th), 9.525 on floor (16th) and 9.000 on bars (T-15th)... Was fourth in the all-around in the dual vs. Pittsburgh and scored a season-high 9.725 on bars (6th)... Was USU's top all-arounder in the San Jose State dual, finishing third (37.850)... In the dual with BYU, she was fifth in the all-around with a 37.950, scoring a 9.725 on floor (T-5th), a 9.625 on vault (6th), a 9.400 on bars (9th) and 9.200 on beam (11th)... Missed the home finale dual and the WAC Championships with illness.
Erica Huelsmann - A 2009 NCAA Regional participant on floor... Out for the season with an injury.
LAST SEASON: An NCAA North Central Regional qualifier, finishing 22nd on floor with a 9.775... In Aggie debut at Kentucky, 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 then-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... At the Boise State dual, set a new season-best with a 9.775 on floor (T-5th) as well as tallying a 9.075 (11th) on beam... Scored a 9.700 on floor (T-7th) in the Cal State Fullerton dual... In the Utah dual, recorded a season-high with a 9.825 on floor, tying for third, marking the fourth time in five meets topping season-high... Scored a 9.600 on floor (15th) and a 9.450 on beam (12th) at the BYU quad meet... At the tri-meet at Sacramento State, registered a 9.625 on floor (T-12th) and a 9.400 on beam (12th)... Notched a season-best 9.700 on beam (T-7th) as well as a 9.625 on floor (6th) in the dual vs. Pittsburgh... At the San Jose State dual, registered a 9.550 on floor (10th) and a 9.525 on beam (5th)... Notched a 9.800 on floor (2nd) and a 9.625 on beam (9th) in the dual vs. BYU... In the home finale vs SUU, logged a 9.750 on floor (6th) and 9.675 on beam (T-3rd)... Was tied for 26th on floor at the WAC Championships with a 9.700 and tied for 33rd on beam with a 9.200... An academic all-WAC honoree as well as a USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Chelsea Marquardt - In her first collegiate competition since 2008 and competing in the all-around for the first time in her USU career, placed eighth in the all-around at the CMU dual with a 35.500, posting a 9.600 on bars (T-6th), a 9.500 on vault (8th), a 9.100 on floor (9th) and a 7.300 on beam (12th)... At the UNH Invite, logged a 9.775 on bars (T-3rd), a 9.450 on vault (18th) and a 9.400 on floor (T-19th), as well as an 8.800 on beam in an exhibition...Was fourth in the all-around at the SUU dual with a 37.600, while tallying a 9.625 on bars (9th), a 9.550 on floor(T-8th), 9.500 on vault (11th) and an 8.925 on beam (12th)... Posted a 37.425 in the all-around (6th) with a 9.675 on beam (4th), 9.550 on vault (8th), 9.200 on floor (9th) and 9.000 on the bars (10th) in the home meet against Boise State... Logged a career-high 37.950 in the all-around (5th) in the BYU tri-meet with Denver, posting a career-best 9.750 on floor (T-9th), 9.550 on beam (T-11th), 9.500 on bars (14th) and a 9.150 on vault (17th), landing awkwardly and suffering a minor knee injury.
LAST SEASON: Redshirted the season due to an injury.
Amelia Montoya - Was USU's top all-arounder at the CMU dual in her collegiate debut with a 37.925 (4th), logging a 9.575 on vault (7th), a 9.500 on bars (9th), a 9.450 on beam (4th) and a 9.400 on floor (8th)... Competed in three events at the UNH Invite as a precaution for a possible injury, posting a 9.725 on floor (T-8th), a 9.550 on vault (14th) and a 9.100 on beam (20th)... For the second time in three meets, was USU's top all-arounder at the SUU dual, logging career-highs in three events plus her all-around score with a 38.600, good for second, as well as top marks of 9.650 on beam (T-4th), 9.675 on bars (7th) and 9.600 on vault (9th) in addition to a 9.675 on floor (7th)... In the home meet against Boise State, finished third in the all-around (38.050), posting a 9.600 on vault (7th), 9.525 on bars (7th), 9.300 on the beam (9th) and 9.625 on floor (5th)... Missed the BYU tri-meet with Denver and the Utah dual with an injury.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for South Coast Gymnastics Club coached by former Chinese Olympians Xiaoping Li and Jia Wen... Qualified for nationals in 2005... Placed 20th in the all-around at the 2009 Level 10 Senior B Regional meet with a 35.300, also placed11th on beam (9.100), tied for 15th on bars (8.825), tied for 19th on vault (8.975) and placed 23rd on floor (8.400)... At the Southern California State Championships, placed ninth in the all-around for Level 10 Senior B with a 35.275, and was third on floor with a 9.400.
Amanda Watamaniuk - Made her collegiate debut at the CMU dual, notching a 9.550 on bars (8th) and a 9.500 on vault (T-8th)... At the UNH Invite, tallied a 9.725 on bars (T-9th) and a 9.575 on vault (T-11th)... Scored a 9.525 on vault (10th) and a 9.375 on bars (12th) at the SUU dual... In the home dual against Boise State, posted a 9.650 on bars (T-3rd) and a 9.475 on vault (9th) as well as logging a 9.700 on beam in an exhibition performance... Made her all-around debut in the BYU tri-meet with Denver, finishing sixth with a 37.175, competing on beam and floor for the first time, logging a 9.650 on floor (T-16th), 9.625 on vault (), 9.125 on bars () and an 8.775 on beam (18th).
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for Stars Gymnastics Team from 1997 to 2007... Competed for Gym-Nation from 2007-2009 coached by Patrick Jordan... In 2006, won the Level 9 state all-around championships and the Level 9 national all-around championships... Qualified for the Level 10 regional competition from 2007-2009... At the Level 10 Senior B Regionals she was 20th in the all-around with a 36.500, 17th on bars (9.125), 19th on both beam (8.925) and floor (9.150), as well as 20th on vault (9.300)... Also competed in track and field in high school and earned a varsity letter for pole vault with a personal best vault of 9'6".