Aggie Gymnastics Heads To California To Face Cal State Fullerton And No. 3 UCLA Friday
Sophomore Rebecca Holliday will lead the Aggie gymnastics team into her home state of California for a tri-meet hosted by Cal State Fullerton with No. 3 UCLA. Holliday is an Orange, Calif. native and is one of two Californians on the USU squad, joined by freshman Amelia Montoya, a Mission Viejo, Calif., native.

 
Sophomore Rebecca Holliday will lead the Aggie gymnastics team into her home state of California for a tri-meet hosted by Cal State Fullerton with No. 3 UCLA. Holliday is an Orange, Calif. native and is one of two Californians on the USU squad, joined by freshman Amelia Montoya, a Mission Viejo, Calif., native.
 
 

Feb. 25, 2010

LOGAN, Utah -

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Utah State at CS Fullerton tri-meet
with Cal State Fullerton
and No. 3 UCLA
Titan Gym - (4,000)
Fullerton, Calif.
Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 - 8 p.m. (MT)
FIRST FULLERTON TRIP ON TAP - In its first of two trips to Fullerton, Calif., this season, Utah State gymnastics (1-10, 0-2 WAC) will compete in a tri-meet hosted by Western Athletic Conference foe Cal State Fullerton (3-5) with No. 3 UCLA () on Friday, Feb. 26... The tri-meet will start at 8 p.m. (MT) at CSF's Titan Gym (4,000)... Friday's match-up with CSF will count toward the Aggies' WAC standings USU will be returning for Fullerton, host of the 2010 WAC Gymnastics Championships, on March 27.

TIME TRAVELERS - Friday's meet is USU's third different time zone competing in, as the Aggies' home meets and meets at Southern Utah on Jan. 22, at BYU on Feb. 5 and at Utah on Feb. 12 have all been in the Mountain Time Zone... USU competed in the Eastern Time Zone twice, at Central Michigan on Jan. 15 and at the New Hampshire Invitational on Jan. 17.

NOT IN UTAH ANYMORE TOTO - Friday's meet Cal State Fullerton and UCLA is the Aggies' first meet where at least one team wasn't from the state of Utah in the last five outings, facing at least one in-state foe in each of the last four meets, with BYU on Feb. 5, at Utah on Feb. 12, Southern Utah on Feb. 15 and BYU again on Feb. 19... USU's last non-Utah foe was Boise State on Jan. 29... Overall, this is just the fourth meet in USU's nine meets thus far without a Beehive State opponent.

GOIN' BACK TO CALI - Utah State has two gymnasts who are California natives in sophomore Rebecca Holliday (Orange) and freshman Amelia Montoya (Mission Viejo)... Holliday is slated to compete on bars and beam while Montoya will not be in action with an injury that has kept her out of the last four meets... UCLA sophomore Alyssa Pritchett is also from Orange, but she competed for Wildfire Gymnastics while both Holliday and Montoya were South Coast Gymnasts.

SOUTH COAST CONNECTIONS - Holliday and Montoya competed for South Coast Gymnastics, where they were coached by former Chinese Olympians Xiaoping Li and Jia Wen, and were also teammates with Cal State Fullerton junior Karina Flynn.

WAYNE'S WORLD HOME TIES - Utah State sophomore Erica Huelsmann and UCLA senior Anna Li are from neighboring Chicago suburb towns, with Huelsmann hailing from Naperville, Ill., while Li is from Aurora, Ill., (hometown of Wayne's World)... Huelsmann, who is out for the season with an injury, competed for Illinois Gymnastics Institute while Li competed for Naperville Gymnastics Club.

SINGLE DIGIT RANKED OPPONENT - By facing No. 3 UCLA Friday, along with taking on then fourth-ranked Utah on Feb. 12, this is USU's first time facing two top 10 ranked opponents in the same season since 2008 when the Aggies competed against No. 2 Utah and No. 6 Oklahoma in the same schedule... It is the first time facing two top five ranked foes in the same ledger since 2007, facing No. 4 Utah in the regular-season and No. 2 Georgia in the NCAA Regionals... It's the first two regular-season meetings with a top five opponent since 2001, taking on No. 3 Utah and ironically, No. 1 UCLA.

RQS RANKINGS APPEARING - The national rankings starting going by Regional Qualifying Scores (RQS) this week... USU has a 190.165 RQS ranking No. 44.

IN THE RANKINGS - UCLA is No. 3 in the Troester Women's Gymnastics rankings for the week of Feb. 22 with an RQS of 196.365... Utah State is No. 44 with a 190.165 RQS while Cal State Fullerton does not have an RQS yet.

Rank     Team     RQS     Region     Avg    High
3     UCLA     196.365     W     196.156     197.375
44     Utah State     190.165     NC     188.425     191.650
--    Cal State Fullerton    N/A    W    190.460    192.975
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.

TWITTER / FACEBOOK - Fans can also 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: UtahStategymnastics

UP NEXT - The Aggies will wrap up their two-match road swing and compete in their final road meet of the regular-season when they tangle with the Broncos of Boise State on Friday, March 5 at Boise, Idaho... USU returns home for its final two regular-season meets, hosting San Jose State on Friday, March 12 and Sacramento State on Friday, March 19.

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.

ABOUT UTAH STATE - The injury-stricken, short-handed Aggies are 1-10 overall and 0-2 in WAC action after posting a 190.725 in a dual with BYU, who notched a 195.350... USU logged a 47.725 on vault, 47.675 on bars, 47.700 on beam and 47.625 for a 190.725 total, the Aggies' best score in their last four meets, ranking as their fourth-best overall score of the season... Utah State's beam and floor scores were the third-best of the season while the vault and bars scores are both No. 5 on the Aggies' top score lists this season.

In the abbreviated WAC rankings, as only four of the six conference schools have an RQS this week, USU is fourth for team total with a 190.170 RQS, ranking third on vault (47.850 RQS), while ranking fourth on bars (47.900 RQS), beam (47.470 RQS) and floor (47.250 RQS)... The Aggies have a team total average of 188.425 with a season-high of 191.650 at the New Hampshire Invitational... USU is averaging a 47.578 on vault, 47.875 on bars, 47.141 on beam and 45.831 on floor.

Individually, senior Heather Heinrich is third in the WAC, eighth in the North Central region and 50th in the nation in the all-around with a 38.465 RQS... She also is fourth in the conference, tied for 13th in the region and tied for 92nd in the country on vault (9.765 RQS) as well as seventh in the league, 21st in the region and tied for 102nd in the nation on beam with a 9.650 RQS... Freshman Amanda Watamaniuk is seventh in the WAC, 21st in the region and tied for 121st in the country on bars with a 9.670 RQS... Sophomore Rachel Flessner is 10th on beam in the conference, 30th in the region and 147th in the nation with a 9.555 RQS.

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 missed the Utah meet... Boone has been out since then while Marquardt has been in limited action... On the good news front, Dillon, Holliday and Dickson all competed at Utah on a limited action basis and had extended action both Monday against Southern Utah and Friday against BYU.

RETURNING FROM HOLLIDAY - Sophomore Rebecca Holliday made her 2010 debut at Utah, after missing the previous five meets with a foot injury... Holliday had a smashing debut, posting a career-high 9.800 on bars, the highest bars score by an Aggie gymnast this season... Holiday extended her action in the duals vs. SUU and BYU, performing on bars and beam.

HEINRICH'S HIKING - Senior Heather Heinrich has improved her season-best all-around score in all seven meets she has been an all-arounder, starting with a 37.300 in the season-opener at Central Michigan... A 37.650 at the New Hampshire Invite was followed with only competing in three events in the dual at Southern Utah before resuming all-around action in the Boise State dual, posting a 38.425... Heinrich logged a 38.675 in the BYU tri-meet with Denver, then tallied a 38.775 at the Utah dual before her season-best 38.800 Monday in the SUU dual, just .2 off her career-high of 39.000, set in her sophomore season.... In the dual vs. BYU, Heinrich posted a career-best 39.100 in winning the all-around and earning USU Athlete of the Week honors.

HEINRICH TABBED AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION USU STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Senior Heather Heinrich was named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week, which is voted on by a state media panel, for the period ending on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Heinrich, a native of Littleton, Colo. (Dakota Ridge HS/Colorado Gymnastics Institute) was Utah State's lone event winner in its 195.350-190.725 loss to Brigham Young Friday night in winning the all-around title with a career-best 39.100. The 39.100 is currently the fourth-best in the Western Athletic Conference this season, and Heinrich has improved on her season-best in the all-around in all seven meets competing in the all-around.

Heinrich's career-high was joined by setting or matching six season-highs in the week, doing so twice in the all-around, twice on beam as well as once on bars and floor in USU's two meets on the week, Monday against Southern Utah and Friday's dual against BYU.

On Friday, Heinrich was second on beam with a 9.800, a season-high and USU's highest beam score this season, as well as second on floor with a 9.825, also a season-high and the highest score of the season for the Aggies. She was also tied for fifth on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.700). Heinrich was USU's top vaulter on Monday, tying for third with a 9.675, as well as the top Aggie on beam with a 9.725, finishing tied for fourth. She also finished the night as the top USU gymnast on floor with a 9.675 to tie for fifth, in addition to tying for fourth on bars with a season-high 9.725.

This is the first USU Athlete of the Week honor for the Aggie gymnastics team and is the first since April 14, 2008, when Jasmine Minion earned the honor, USU's second of that season after Megan Tschida collected the award two weeks earlier on March 31. It is also Heinrich's first career USU weekly accolade.

ABOUT CAL STATE FULLERTON - The 3-5 Titans do not have an RQS score because of only five meets, two of which have been multi-meets... CSF has season averages of 190.460 team total, as well as 48.225 on vault, 48.145 on bars, 46.700 on beam and 47.390 on floor... In last week's non-RQS rankings, the Titans were fifth in the WAC in team total, third on vault, fifth on goth bars and floor and sixth on beam.

In their last action, the Titans logged a season-high in a 192.975-192.700 win over UC Davis on Sunday afternoon... In that meet, junior Alaina Baker won individual all-around honors and also finished first on two events... Baker scored a season-high 38.925 to win the all-around, also winning vault with a season-best 9.775 and tied her season-high on floor with a 9.850... CSF went 1-2 on bars as senior Britni Echeverria, won with a career-high 9.825 while Baker was tied for second with a 9.800... Baker rounded out her action with a 9.500 on beam for ninth.

Baker is CSF's lone all-arounder with a 38.700 average, as well as averages of 9.725 on vault, 9.750 on bars, 9.280 on beam and 9.630 on floor, leading the Titans on vault, bars and floor, while freshman Megan Farris has a team-high 9.388 average on beam.

ABOUT UCLA - The third-ranked Bruins are 7-2... UCLA is third in the nation with an RQS of 196.365, as well as ranking No. 1 in the country on both bars (49.255) and vault (49.305) in addition to ranking fifth on floor (49.085) and ninth on beam (48.825).

UCLA posted its highest team score since 2005, earning a 197.375 to hand third-ranked Oregon State, who registered a 196.325, its first loss of the season last Sunday... The Bruins got season-high team scores on vault (49.375) and floor (49.475) and posted their second-highest beam score this year with a 49.225... Sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa, the two-time reigning PAC-10 Gymnast of the Week, won the all-around for the third-straight meet, tying her career-high with a 39.675... Zamarripa also recorded wins on vault (9.925) and floor exercise (career-high 9.95) and was second on bars (9.925) and beam (9.875).

The Bruins have been ranked No. 1 in the nation on the bars since Jan. 25... UCLA has had 32 routines post a 9.800 or higher on bars and 14 routines register a 9.900 or higher... Zamarripa and senior Anna Li are averaging over a 9.900 with a 9.925 and 9.918 respectively... The Bruins have a 49.259 bars average, with a season-high of 49.550.

SERIES HISTORY VS. TRI-MEET TEAMS -

CAL STATE FULLERTON - The Titans are 18-13 all-time against the Titans, including 3-4 at Fullerton... Last season, CSF edged USU, 192.575-192.225 in a dual at Logan on Feb. 6... The Aggies' last trip to Fullerton was Jan. 27, 2008 for a dual with the Titans, narrowly won by USU, 191.700-191.600.

UCLA - USU is 3-8 all-time vs. UCLA, including 1-1 at a neutral site... The last time that the Aggies faced the Bruins was March 4, 2001, when No. 1 UCLA hosted a quad-meet, winning with a 197.700 while USU was third with a 192.225.

LAST TIME OUT - Senior Heather Heinrich, freshman Amanda Watamaniuk and sophomore Haley Hogan all had career all-around nights Friday, helping Utah State post a 190.725 while visiting Brigham Young notched a 195.350 in a Beehive State gymnastics dual at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

-- USU logged a 47.725 on vault, 47.675 on bars, 47.700 on beam and 47.625 for a 190.725 total, the Aggies' best score in their last four meets, ranking as their fourth-best overall score of the season. Utah State's beam and floor scores were the third-best of the season while the vault and bars scores are both No. 5 on the Aggies' top score lists this season.

-- Heinrich was Utah State's lone event winner on the night, collecting the all-around title with her career-best 39.100, topping a 39.000 from her sophomore season and continuing to improve her all-around score in all seven meets she's competed in the all-around this season... The 39.100 ranks just outside of USU's top record list, as there is a four-way logjam at No. 19 with 39.300... Heinrich's 39.100 is the fourth-best in the WAC this season.

-- Heinrich was second on beam with a 9.800, a season-high and USU's highest beam score this season, as well as second on floor with a 9.825, also the highest score of the season for the Aggies.

-- Watamaniuk finished third in the all-around with a career-best 38.500, topping her previous career-high of 37.175 by nearly a point and a half... She was also the top Aggie on bars with a 9.725, tying for third and tying her career-best for the third time this season... Watamaniuk set a new career-high on beam with a 9.650 in tying for sixth.

-- Hogan notched a career-best 37.550 to finishing fourth in the all-around, also tallying a new top score for her career on beam with a 9.750 to tie for fourth.

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... Missed the Utah, Southern Utah and BYU duals due to her knee injury.

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... Made her collegiate vault debut in the Utah dual, posting a 9.100 (10th), as well as logging a 9.675 on bars (8th)... In the Southern Utah dual, scored a 9.000 on both vault and bars, placing 11th in both, and made her collegiate debut on floor scoring an 8.675 (10th)... Against BYU, placed 10th on the vault (9.325), ninth on the bars (9.550), while posting a 9.400 on the floor (11th).

LAST SEASON: Made USU debut in Kentucky, placing sixth on bars (9.475)... 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... Returned to limited action in the dual vs. Utah, posting a season-high 9.625 on beam (7th) as well as a 9.725 on bars (6th)... Scored a new season-high on beam in the Southern Utah dual with a 9.700 (6th) and also posted a 9.700 (7th) on bars and a 9.450 (7th) on vault... Scored a 9.550 (8th), 9.050 on the bars (11th), and a 9.500 on the beam (10th) in the home dual against BYU.

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)... Made her collegiate vault debut in the dual vs. Utah, posting an 8.400, in addition to tying her career-high with a 9.600 on beam (8th)... Competed on two events vs. Southern Utah, tying for eighth on beam (9.550) and scored a 8.850 (8th) on floor... Finished 12th on the beam (8.950) and ninth on the floor (9.450) in the home dual vs. BYU.

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)... Tallied a season-high 38.775 in the all-around (4th), posting a 9.775 on vault (T-4th), 9.750 on floor (5th), 9.675 on beam (5th) and 9.575 on bars (9th)... Captured second in the all-around vs. Southern Utah with a new season-high of 38.800... Also tied her season-high on beam with a 9.725 (T-4th) and posted scores of a 9.725 (T-4th) on bars, a 9.675 (T-5th) on floor and tied for third on vault (9.675)... Won the all-around with a career-best 39.100 in the home dual against BYU, posting a 9.825 (2nd) on the floor, 9.800 (2nd) on the beam, 9.700 (5th) on the bars, as well as a 9.775 (5th) on the vault... Earned America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week honors for her performance, the first USU gymnast to collect the accolade since 2008.

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)... Tied career-high with a 36.975 in the all-around at the Utah dual, tallying new season-high 9.350 on vault (9th), as well as a 9.425 on floor (8th), 9.125 on beam (10th) and 9.075 on bars (12th)... In the home dual vs. SUU, was fourth in the all-around (36.525), posting 9.350 on vault (9th), 9.300 on bars (10th), 9.050 on beam (11th) and an 8.825 on floor (9th)... In the home dual against BYU, placed fourth in the all-around with a career-high 37.550, posting a 9.475 on the vault (9th), 8.900 on the bars (12th), 9.750 on the beam (4th), and a 9.425 (10th) on the floor.

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 - Missed the first five meets of the season due to injury... Made her season debut in the dual at Utah, logging a career-high 9.800 (T-4th) on bars, USU's top bars score this season... Continued extended action by competing on both bars and beam in the dual vs. Southern Utah, scoring a 9.600 (8th) on bars and made her season debut on beam with a 9.100 (10th)... Placed eigth on the bars (9.650), and 11th on the beam (9.000) in the home meet against BYU.

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... Missed the Utah and Southern Utah duals with the 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 and Southern Utah duals 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 (T-12th), 9.125 on bars (16th) and an 8.775 on beam (18th)... Tallied a 36.300 in the all-around at the Utah dual, logging a 9.700 on bars (7th), 9.575 on vault (8th), 8.725 on floor (10th) and an 8.300 on beam (11th)... Was third in the all-around vs. SUU with a 36.575... Tied her career-high score on the bars with a 9.725 (T-4th) and scored a 9.400 (8th) on vault, also posting an 8.850 (12th) on beam and an 8.600 (11th) on floor... Placed third in the all-around with a career-high 38.500 in the home meet against BYU, posting a 9.525 (8th) on the floor, 9.650 (6th) on the beam, 9.725 (3rd) on the bars, as well as a 9.600 (7th) on the vault.

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".

UTAH STATE TIDBITS

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.

THE A-LIST - Utah State's three freshmen's first names all start with A in Amanda Corn, Amelia Montoya and Amanda Watamaniuk.

UTAH STATE RECORD BOOK WATCH - USU returns two gymnasts that have marks in the USU record book in senior Heather Heinrich and junior Jackie Dillon.

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.

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