LOGAN, Utah - Utah State gymnast Faith Leary was named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, March 4, it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the first time this year and first time in her career that the freshman from Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named USU’s student-athlete of the week.
With their sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.
This is Leary’s second accolade of the week after helping lead the Aggies to a season-high team score of 196.100 against then-No. 24 BYU last Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. On Sunday, she was tabbed the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference co-Vault Specialist of the Week.
Leary, fresh off of recording a pair of career-high scores on vault (9.775) and floor (9.900) on Feb. 23 at the Elevate The Stage meet in Toledo, Ohio, notched another personal best in the Aggies’ dual meet against BYU last Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Leary had a 9.900 on vault to place first on the event.
Leary’s 9.900 on vault ranks tied for ninth all-time in school history and it helped Utah State register a season-high 49.100, which is tied for sixth all-time in program history.
Leary also placed second on floor with a 9.850 against the Cougars, helping USU amass a season-high team score of 196.100 in the meet.
The 5-foot-3 Leary currently ranks tied for 33rd in the North Central Region and 16th in the MRGC with a 9.760 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) on vault.
Utah State (6-7, 1-3 MRGC) and BYU (10-1, 8-4 MRGC) will square off again this weekend as the Aggies head south on Friday, March 9, to compete in the Cougars’ quad meet at 7 p.m. at the Smith Fieldhouse. Joining USU and BYU in Provo will be Penn State (7-5, 1-4 Big Ten) and Texas Woman’s (7-7, 5-0 Midwest Independent Conference).
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
MEN’S BASKETBALL – Sophomore guard Sam Merrill (Bountiful, Utah) scored in double figures in each of Utah State’s games last week as the Aggies posted a 1-1 Mountain West record with a 64-62 loss at San José State and a 79-67 home win against UNLV. Against the Spartans, Merrill led the Aggies with 26 points, shooting 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the floor, 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (1-of-1) at the free throw line, matching his career high with his seven 3-pointers. Merrill also added three rebounds, two assists and one steal during the game. Against the Runnin’ Rebels, Merrill finished the game with 15 points, shooting 50.0 percent (6-of-12) from the floor, and 50.0 percent (3-of-6) from behind the 3-point line, while adding three rebounds, three assists and three steals. For the week, Merrill averaged 20.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the floor, 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (1-of-1) at the free throw line.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Sophomore guard Olivia West (Launceston, Tasmania, Australia) led Utah State to a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with an 86-78 home win against San José State and a 68-58 road loss at UNLV. Against the Spartans, West led the Aggies with 18 points, adding four rebounds and two steals. Against the Lady Rebels, she was again the leading scorer with 11 points. On the week, West averaged 14.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from the floor, 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from the 3-point line and 100 percent (2-of-2) from the free throw line.
MEN’S TENNIS – Sophomore Sergiu Bucur (Constanta, Romania) was leading his singles match at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 3-4) before it was left unfinished in Utah State’s 4-0 loss at No. 40 Oregon last week. Bucar also teamed with senior Andrew Nakajima at the third doubles position, falling 6-3.
WOMEN’S TENNIS – Senior Maggie O'Meara (Austin, Texas) recorded the Aggies’ only win in Utah State’s 6-1 home loss to Washington State last week. O’Meara recorded a three-set win at No. 4 singles (7-5, 2-6, 10-6) and teamed with junior Jenna Kane at the first doubles position, were they held a 4-3 lead when the match was called and left unfinished.
2017-18 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 31 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Sept. 4 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 11 – Kent Myers, Football
Sept. 18 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 25 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Oct. 2 – Jalen Davis, Football
Oct. 9 – DJ Nelson, Football
Oct. 16 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Oct. 23 – Jordan Love, Football
Oct. 30 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 5 – LaJuan Hunt, Football
Nov. 12 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 19 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 26 – Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 3 – Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 10 – Olivia West, Women’s Basketball
Dec. 17 – Dwayne Brown Jr., Men’s Basketball
Dec. 24 – DeAngelo Isby, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 1 – Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 8 – Koby McEwen, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 15 – Brenn Flint, Women’s Track & Field
Jan. 22 – Brenn Flint, Women’s Track & Field
Jan. 29 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Track & Field
Feb. 5 – Koby McEwen, Men’s Basketball
Feb. 12 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Track & Field
Feb. 19 – Jaime Barajas, Men’s Tennis
Feb. 26 – Clay Lambourne, Men's Track & Field
March 5 – Faith Leary, Gymnastics
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