Feb. 13, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State gymnast Sarah Landes has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Feb. 12, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
Landes, a freshman from Edmond, Okla., (Deer Creek HS/Dynamo Gymnastics), tied the 13th-highest all-around score in school history with a 39.350 in helping Utah State to a season-high score of 194.875 in its dual loss to San Jose State last Friday night as the Spartans registered a team score of 194.950. Overall, Landes tied for first on the beam with a career-high 9.875, and finished second in the all-around with a career-best 39.350. Landes also tied for second on floor with a career-high 9.850 and tied for third on vault with a career-best 9.750. On the night, Landes posted five career-highs, notching her best scores in all four events and the all-around.
This is the second USU weekly honor for Landes in three weeks as well as the second for a USU gymnast, as she earned the honor Jan. 30.
Landes and the Aggies will conclude their four-meet homestand by hosting another Western Athletic Conference opponent in Sacramento State on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Friday is USU gymnastics' "Alumni Night," where the Aggies will be recognizing former Aggies.
Live results for Friday's tri-meet are available by clicking on the "Live Results" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans can watch the meet on Friday live online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the meet.
Utah State is the host institution for the 2012 WAC Championships on Saturday, March 24. It will be the first time since 2006, USU's first year in the conference, that the Aggies will host the WAC Championships. Overall, it will be the seventh time that Utah State has hosted its conference meet. USU previously hosted the WAC Championships in 2006, the Western Gymnastics Conference Championships in 2002, the Big West Conference Championships in 1992, 1996 and 2000, as well as the High Country Athletic Conference Championships in 1988.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Sophomore guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas) helped Utah State to a 1-1 home record last week with a 77-63 win against Louisiana Tech and an 80-69 loss to New Mexico State. Medlin had 22 points, four rebounds and three assists against LTU as he was 9-of-14 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. He then had 16 points, two rebounds and two assists against NMSU as he was 6-of-15 from the field and 4-of-10 from three-point range. For the week, Medlin averaged 19.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while shooting 51.7 percent from the field (15-29) and 50.0 percent from three-point range (8-16).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Junior guard Devyn Christensen (Caldwell, Idaho) helped Utah State to a 1-1 home record last week with a loss to Louisiana Tech (82-76) and a win against New Mexico State (57-45). Against the Lady Techsters, Christensen scored a team-high 22 points to go along with a season-high five assists and three steals as she was 8-of-15 (.533) from the field, 2-of-6 (.333) from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Against NMSU, she scored 10 points to go along with four assists and three steals as she was 4-of-12 (.333) from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. For the week, Christensen averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field (12-27), 18.2 percent from three-point range (2-11) and a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
SOFTBALL - Senior second baseman Lindsey Marquez (Artesla, Calif.) helped Utah State post a 2-2 record at the Georgia Showcase last weekend as the Aggies defeated North Carolina State (6-5) and St. John's (8-4), while losing to Army (3-2) and Georgia (8-0). Marquez's best game of the tournament came in the season opener against N.C. State as she hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give the Aggies a come-from-behind win. For the week, Marquez hit .286 (2-7) with two runs batted in, one run scored and six walks.
MEN'S TENNIS - Junior Sven Poslusny (Loerrach, Germany) won both of his matches in helping Utah State to a 6-1 win against Mesa State last weekend. In singles play, Poslusny posted a straight sets win at the number one spot (6-2, 6-1) and teamed with freshman Marcus Fritz for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Junior Jaci West (La Quinta, Calif.) won both of her matches as Utah State posted a 7-0 win against Idaho State last weekend. West won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-2) and teamed with freshman McKenzie Davis for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles.
MEN'S TRACK - Senior Daniel Howell (Manti, Utah) finished in 12th-place in the 5,000m at the Washington hosted FloTrack Husky Classic last weekend as he shaved more than seven seconds off his own school record with a time of 14:04.25. His time of 14:04.25 is more than 22 seconds faster than the WAC's second-fastest time in the event this year.
WOMEN'S TRACK - Senior Sonia Grabowska (Warsaw, Poland) won her second pole vault title of the season clearing 4.05m (13-03.50) at the Boise State Team Challenge last weekend. Grabowska already leads the WAC in the pole vault with a 4.11m vault and the second-place vault is 3.82m.
2011-12 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 29 - Shantel Flanary, Soccer
Sept. 5 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 12 - Robert Turbin, Football
Sept. 19 - Brian McKenna, Cross Country
Sept. 26 - Marcus Fritz, Men's Tennis
Oct. 3 - Robert Turbin, Football
Oct. 10 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Oct. 17 - Liz McArthur, Volleyball
Oct. 24 - Jennifer Flynn, Soccer
Oct. 31 - Brian McKenna, Cross Country
Nov. 7 - Molli Merrill, Soccer
Nov. 14 - Brockeith Pane, Men's Basketball
Nov. 21 - Robert Turbin, Football
Nov. 28 - Bobby Wagner, Football
Dec. 5 - Adam Kennedy, Football
Dec. 12 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Dec. 19 - Michael Smith, Football
Dec. 26 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Jan. 9 - Brooke Jackson, Women's Basketball
Jan. 16 - Ashlee Brown, Women's Basketball
Jan. 23 - Silas Pimentel, Men's Track & Field
Jan. 30 - Sarah Landes, Gymnastics
Feb. 6 - Ashlee Brown, Women's Basketball
Feb. 13 - Sarah Landes, Gymnastics
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