Meet Notes: Utah State Gymnastics Continues Road Swing with Quad-Meet at Denver Saturday
Feb. 21, 2013
Utah State at No. 13 Denver w/ No. 16 Boise State & Rutgers Hamilton Gymnasium (2,500) Denver, Colo. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 - 6 p.m. (MT)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN - Utah State gymnastics will continue its three-meet road trip this weekend in a tri-meet at Western Athletic Conference rival No. 13 Denver with Rutgers University. Action is slated to begin at 6 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, Feb. 23 from DU's Hamilton Gymnasium.
TUNING IN - Live meet results will be available online through the "Live Stats" link on UtahStateAggies.com that will redirect to Denver's website. There will not be a video feed available for this week's competition. Fans can also follow @USUGymnastics on Twitter for updated scores and information.
ABOUT DENVER - The Pioneers are currently ranked No. 13 in the nation in the Troester/Gym Info ratings. With a season-best score of 196.600, they are averaging 195.796 on the season with a Regional Qualifying Score of 195.855. On individual events, Denver ranks No. 14 on vault, No. 11 on bars, No. 19 on beam and No. 11 on floor.
DU is led by juniors Moriah Martin and Melodie Pulgarin-Linero. Averaging an all-around score of 39.175, Martin is No. 29 nationally and leads the WAC. Pulgarin-Linero is No. 42 in the nation and in second among WAC gymnasts with her all-around average of 39.100. Over the last four meets, Martin has won the vault title each time with an average score of 9.925.
Denver is 8-2 overall this season with a 2-0 WAC record. The team is coming off a dual-meet win at Illinois-Chicago. The Pioneers had an overall score of 195.850 over UIC's 194.625.
ABOUT RUTGERS - Competing in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League, the Scarlet Knights have a season record of 7-8. With an average score of 193.592, RU is currently ranked No. 43 in the nation, boosted by its floor scores. They are No. 31 in the country on floor, but No. 50 on vault and beam and No. 40 on bars.
The team is led in the all-around by juniors Luisa Leal and Alexis Gunzelman. Leal is currently tied for fifth on vault in the EAGL and has an all-around average of 38.800. Gunzelman is in sixthon bars in the EAGL contributing to her all-around average of 38.775.
Rutgers is coming off its best road-score in school history, notching a 195.050 in a third-place finish at a tri-meet at No. 17 Maryland with No. 25 West Virginia.
ABOUT BOISE STATE - The Broncos are 6-1 on the season, but are yet to have a WAC competition. With a season-high score of 196.325 coming against BYU, Boise State is averaging a score of 195. 555.
The Broncos are coming off a quad-meet at No. 2 Oklahoma where the Sooners handed them their first loss of the season. They defeated BYU and Texas Woman's with a score of 195.575.
SERIES HISTORY - Utah State and Denver have an extensive and tight competition history. DU has the slight edge over USU, leading 21-20 overall. Denver has a distinct home advantage, leading 11-3. The Aggies have the edge both in Logan (7-6) and at neutral sites (10-4).
Denver University joined the Western Athletic Conference for the 2012 season, but only competed against the Aggies in the WAC Championship meet. The Pioneers finished first with a score of 196.350 while USU finished in fifth-place with a 194.775.
Boise State opened their season by hosting the Aggies on Jan. 18. The Broncos came out ahead 194.875-191.250. However, the Aggies lead the overall series with Boise State 54-29.
This will be the first meeting between the Aggies and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.
SIZING UP THE WAC - The weekend action between Utah State and Denver will count toward the WAC standings. Currently, Denver is leading the league in all events except bars, as well as the overall scores. Conversely, Boise State is in second in all events but bars, where they lead the conference. Utah State is in fifth-place on vault, bars and beam and in sixth on floor and the all-around.
THE LAST TIME OUT - Utah State gymnastics finished second in a tri-meet at San Jose State Friday, with a total score of 193.225. San Jose State won the competition with a 194.550 while Brown finished third with 189.900.
The Aggies recorded a 48.825 on vault, 48.625 on bars, 48.075 on beam and 47.700 on floor.
Landes was the vault winner with a career-best 9.875, while freshman Kinzey Martinez tied for second with her 9.825. Martinez took home her fourth event title in as many meets with a win on vault after a career-high 9.875. Freshman Stefanie Daley tied for the beam title with a 9.850 and Jones finished second on floor with a 9.825.
JOINING THE RANKS - For the second week in a row, Utah State is ranked No. 53 in the Troester/Gym Info rankings. The Aggies are averaging an overall score of 192.425 with a season-high of 194.200. This is the final week in which team rankings will be based solely on team averages, as next week will start the use of Regional Qualifying Scores.
USU is right near the middle of the North Central Region in all areas of competition. Overall, they hold the eighth-place spot, are No. 7 on vault, No. 8 on bars and beam and No. 9 on floor. Among the WAC, the Aggies are in sixth overall, No. 5 on vault, bars and beam as well as No. 6 on floor.
Individually, sophomore Sarah Landes is the only Aggie currently among the top 100 nationally, where she holds the 78th spot in all-around competition with an average score of 38.858. She ranks at No. 14 in the region and No. 9 in the conference. In each individual event, Landes is among the top 50 regionally and top 20 in the conference.
Junior Paige Jones and freshman Hayley Sanzotti are both among the best in the region and league. Jones is No. 22 among North Central gymnasts and No. 15 in the WAC, while Sanzotti is No. 29 regionally.
Additionally, Jones is among the top 50 in the region in each event except beam and is No. 13 on vault among the conference.
Freshman Kinzey Martinez has made a name for herself in just four weeks of competition. In the North Central region, she is No. 13 on vault, No. 22 on bars and tied for No. 16 on beam. In the WAC she is No. 8 on vault, No. 14 on bars and tied for No. 8 on beam.
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 wrap-up their three-meet road swing with a WAC dual-meet at Sacramento State on Friday, March 1. The team will have a quick turnound as they immediately host in-state rival BYU the following Monday, March 4.
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.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER - So far this season, five Aggies have won event titles in three events as well as the all-around.
Sophomore Sarah Landes won the all-around competition for three meets in a row, averaging a total score of 39.158. Additionally, she claimed the beam title against Southern Utah and Hamline (9.825) and the vault title at San Jose State with a career-best 9.875.
Freshman Kinzey Martinez did not compete in the first two meets of the season, but has since won an event title in every meet. She made her Aggie debut with a win on the bars, setting her personal best at 9.825 against Southern Utah with Hamline. She followed that with a vault win at Southern Utah (9.775). She again won the bars titles both against Air Force (9.775) and at San Jose State with Brown (9.875).
Junior Paige Jones has tied for the vault title twice, both at BYU (9.750) and against Air Force (9.850). Freshmen Stefanie Daley and Joanna Cuba have both taken home beam wins. Cuba had the title at Boise State (9.825) while Daley won against Air Force (9.875) and tied for the title at San Jose State with Brown (9.850).
For the last two weeks of competition, Utah State has walked away with three of the four event titles in vault, bars and beam. The team is yet to win a floor exercise title this season.