Meet Notes: Utah State Gymnastics Heads to San Jose State for First Stop of Road Swing
Feb. 13, 2013
Utah State at San Jose State w/ Brown San Jose State Event Center (5,000) San Jose, Calif. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 - 8 p.m. (MT)
THINK PINK - Just as Utah State gymnastics hosted its Think Pink Night last week, San Jose State will be doing so on Friday. Joining teams around the country throughout the month of February, the teams will don pink outfits and work to raise support and awareness for cancer research.
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 that will redirect to San Jose State's webiste. There will be a small fee required in order to watch the meet. Fans can also follow @USUGymnastics on Twitter.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE - The Spartans are coming off their season-best team score at Seattle Pacific last week, the Spartans are 5-8 on the season after six meets. Earning an overall score of 193.625 Friday, the team is averaging 193.096. San Jose State has competed against five nationally ranked teams in Stanford, Illinios, Arizona, Denver and North Carolina State.
The Spartans are adjusting to life without standout Thomasina Wallace. Sophomore Cami Guyer and junior Bekah Gehr have stepped up to the mat, leading SJSU in all-around competition.
ABOUT BROWN - The Bears are coming off a bye week. Prior to that, the team had a third-place finish in a quad-meet on Feb. 3 at Rutgers where they scored a total score of 191.850. Brown is currently in second-place in the Eastern College Athletic Conference with an average overall score of 191.942. The team is 3-4 on the season, earning its season-high score of 192.225 in a home quad-meet on Jan. 20.
The Bears are led in the all-around competition by freshman Diana Walters and junior Michelle Shnayder.
SERIES HISTORY - As conference opponents, Utah State and San Jose State have a long history of competition. Overall, SJSU leads the series, 13-12. The two teams have competed at each other's arena six times each, but have met 13 times at a neutral site. This will be the first meeting between USU and Brown.
SIZING UP THE WAC - This week's competition is just the second to count toward Utah State's WAC record. USU is currently 0-1 in conference, while SJSU is 0-2. At 7-2 overall and 2-0 against conference opponents, Denver is leading the WAC. Boise State is undefeated at 4-0 overall on the season, but has not yet seen a conference competitor.
THE LAST TIME OUT - Claiming all but one event title, Utah State gymnastics earned its second win of the season, coming out ahead over Air Force Academy, 193.575-193.200.
The Aggies recorded a 48.825 on vault, 48.150 on bars, 48.275 on beam and 48.325 on beam for their winning total of 193.575. The Falcons notched a 48.550 on bars, 47.950 on vault, 48.700 on floor and 48.000 on beam for their total of 193.200. For the third week in a row, sophomore Sarah Landes won the all-around competition with a score of 39.150. Air Force's Katie Hawthorne took second place with a 38.675 with Jessica Hanner finishing third with a 38.575. Freshman Hayley Sanzotti finished fourth with a 38.500, while junior Paige Jones finished seventh with a 37.900.
Landes and Jones tied for the No. 1 spot on vault with scores of 9.850. Freshman Kinzey Martinez notched a 9.800, securing third place. For the third week in a row, Martinez claimed an event win, finishing first on bars with a 9.775. Landes was part of a three-way tie for second on bars with a 9.750. Aggie freshman Stefanie Daley claimed her first event title with a win on beam with her career-best 9.875, while Landes finished second with a 9.800. Additionally, Landes took second place on floor with a 9.750.
FAMILIAR FACES - With gymnasts from 12 different states, Utah State student-athletes have competed with a lot of people. This weekend's meet features the first face-off between two former club teammates. USU freshman Destiny Ezell and Brown senior Nicole Abdo both hail from Largo, Fla. where they competed together with the Tampa Bay Turners.
JOINING THE RANKS - This week, Utah State is No. 53 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.
Sophomore Sarah Landes is leading the Aggies among all rankings. Nationally, she is No. 55 in all-around competition while being tied for No. 93 on the balance beam. She holds a spot among the top 50 in the North Central Region in every area of competition. She is 10th in all-around, No. 26 on vault, No. 15 on bars, No. 14 on beam and No. 28 on floor. In the WAC, she is No. 5 in all-around, 19th on vault, No. 10 on bars, No. 8 on beam and No. 19 on floor.
Senior Amelia Montoya, junior Paige Jones, sophomore Kaitlyn Betts and freshmen Hayley Sanzotti, Kinzey Martinez and Michelle Yasukochi are each among the top 50 in the region in their events. Additionally, Jones, Sanzotti and Martinez also join Landes in the top 20 among WAC gymnasts in their events.
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.
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.
UP NEXT - The Aggies continue their long road swing with a tri-meet at Denver on Feb. 23. The team will face WAC-rival DU, along with Rutgers. USU will then head back to California for a dual-meet at Sacramento State on March 1.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER - So far this season, the Aggies have won eight event titles, as well as snagging three 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 then claimed the vault title at SUU (9.775) and the bars win against Air Force (9.800). Landes continued her all-around win streak finishing first at SUU with a 39.200 and again against Air Force with a 39.150.
The team saw great success against Air Force with Landes and Jones tying for the vault title (9.850). Freshman Stefanie Daley took home the beam win with a career-best 9.875, giving the Aggies all but one event win in the meet.
USU returns six different gymnasts who claimed event titles in 2012. Jones and 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 has 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.