Weekly Gymnastics Release

March 13, 2001

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THIS WEEK -- Utah State goes on the road for its final two meets of the regular season against in-state rivals Southern Utah and Brigham Young. The Aggies will compete against SUU Mon., March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Centrum, and then turn around and take on (#18) BYU for the second time in eight days Fri., March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

A LOOK AT BRIGHAM YOUNG -- BYU is ranked 18th in the latest national rankings with a 195.460 RQS. Brigham Young is 9-4 on the year and coming off a loss to the Aggies Friday night (196.025-195.500) and a split with Stanford (196.775) and Southern Utah (194.000) Saturday night, with the Cougars posting a 194.300. The Cougars hold a 43-37-1 all-time advantage over Utah State.

A LOOK AT SOUTHERN UTAH -- Southern Utah is 3-7 this season and coming off losses to Stanford and Brigham Young Saturday. SUU recorded a season-high 194.150 a month ago in a loss to BYU and is averaging a 192.409 team score this season. All-time Utah State holds a 30-4 advantage over the Thunderbirds including a 10-1 record at the Centrum. Earlier this season Utah State defeated SUU 194.350-194.025 in Logan.

NEXT WEEK -- Utah State beings its postseason as traveling to Santa Barbara, Calif. Sat., March 24 to compete in the Big West Championships featuring Boise State, Cal State Fullerton, and UC Santa Barbara. The meet will begin at 8:00 p.m. (MT).

UTAH STATE'S RAY CORN -- Utah State's Ray Corn (Northern Colorado '71) is in his 24th year as head coach of the Aggies. He is the only gymnastics coach in USU history. Corn has led his teams to a 333-195-2 regular-season meet record and has now led them to post-season competition in 22 of his 23 seasons, including 15 straight trips to the NCAA Midwest Regionals. Five times Aggie squads have competed at the national championships. Corn was named NCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1991 and has been honored as High Country Athletic Conference Coach of the Year three times and Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1994, 1996 and 1998. Corn's overall record, including post-season play, currently stands at 386-333-2.

A LOOK BACK AT THE BYU MEET -- Utah State recorded its highest score of the season and tied the second highest team score in school history en route to upsetting 21st-ranked Brigham Young 196.025-195.500 Friday night in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Aggies posted season-highs on three of the four events turning in a 49.100 on vault, a 49.250 on bars, and a 49.225 on floor. Individually sophomore Nicole Kilpatrick won the all-around competition with her career-high 39.325 score. Kilpatrick also placed second on the vault tying her career-high of 9.850. Three Aggie gymnasts tied for first on the bars as junior Jessenia Abrego, sophomore Tina Ellis, and freshman Brittnee Penman each scored 9.875's. Freshman Mika Houston highlighted the beam rotation turning in a team-high 9.825 to tie with BYU's Kim Little for third place on the event. BYU swept the top three spots on the floor exercise posting scores of 9.925 or better but the Aggies weren't far behind as Abrego notched a season-high 9.900 and sophomore Allison Rosenthal and Kilpatrick each scored 9.875's.


Jessenia Abrego - Junior from Las Vegas, Nev. ... a three-event competitor for the Aggies (vault, bars, floor)... owns USU's best season vault average (9.748) and season bar average (9.730)... recorded season-highs on the vault (9.825), bars (9.875), and floor (9.900) against BYU (3/9)... Abrego's 9.875 on the bars against Brigham Young tied her with two other Aggie gymnasts for first place on the event... tied for first on the floor exercise with a season-high 9.875 against Missouri (2/17)... has recorded a 9.775 on the vault four times this year... has career-highs of 9.825 on the vault, 9.900 on the bars, and 9.900 on the floor.

Kristen Bloom -- Sophomore from Ossining, N.Y. ... has competed on just the beam and floor this season posting high scores of 9.900 on beam and 9.750 on floor at Southern Utah (3/12)... her 9.900 on beam at SUU was a new career-high... owns a team-best 9.663 beam season average... owns other career-highs of 9.700 on vault, 9.875 on bars, 9.925 on floor, and 39.175 in the all-around.

Chere DuPaix - Freshman from Salt Lake City, Utah... has not done gymnastics for over two years but is slowly improving and should be a factor in the bar lineup by the end of the season... competed on the bars in exhibition against BYU and scored a 9.650 (3/9).

Tina Ellis -- Sophomore from Kearns, Utah... has competed in the all-around in all but three meets for Utah State this year... has won six individual event titles (3 beam, 3 bars) and two all-around titles this season...most recently won the beam competition against San Jose State (2/26)... notched a career-high 39.225 to win the all-around against Boise State (1/26)... also won the beam (9.850) and bar (9.925) competitions against Boise State... her 9.925 on the bars was a new career-high and tied the fourth best bar score in school history... set a new career-high on the beam (9.925) at Cal-Berkeley (1/21)... her 9.925 on beam at Cal-Berkeley won the event in the quad-meet... ranks second on the team in beam season-average (9.652).

Kristen Fargo -- Sophomore from Manassas, Va. ... has competed on the vault and beam for USU this season... tied her career-high on the vault (9.800) against BYU (3/9)... posted a season-high 9.850 on the beam at Southern Utah (3/12) ... has season-averages of 9.697 on the vault and 9.363 on the beam.

Stephanie Gordon (Huff) -- Junior from Spanish Fork, Utah... since not competing in the first three meets of the season because of an ankle injury Huff has returned as one of Aggies most solid floor workers... scored a season-high 9.825 on the floor at Denver (2/10)... owns USU's second-best floor season average (9.720)... has career-highs of 9.800 on vault, 9.425 on beam, and 9.850 on floor.

Mika Houston - Freshman from Las Vegas, Nev. ... has competed on every event for Utah State this season but has only seen all-around action twice... most recently competed in the all-around against San Jose State (2/26) and earned a third place finish posting a season-high 38.550 score... also placed third on the beam recording a season-high 9.850 against SJSU... a solid bar worker Houston has not scored below a 9.725 on the bars in the last nine meets... won the first bar competition of her career with a 9.850 mark against Missouri (2/17)... recorded a new career-high on the balance beam (9.875) against SUU (3/12)... has recorded a 9.700 three times on the vault this year, most recently against San Jose State (2/26).

Amanda Jenkins -- Senior from Plain City, Utah... is competing for USU for the first time in her career as a bars specialist... one of the Aggies most consistent bar workers Jenkins owns a 9.661 season bar average... has notched a career-high 9.850 on the bars twice this season... has scored at least a 9.600 on the bars in all but one meet this year.

Nicole Kilpatrick -- Sophomore from Ringwood, N.J. ... an all-arounder for Utah State Kilpatrick recorded a career-best 39.325 against BYU to win the all-around competition (3/9)... recorded a career-high on the beam (9.900) at DU (2/10)... her 9.900 on the beam won the event and ranks as the sixth best beam score in school history... won the all-around (39.125) and tied for first place on both the beam (9.775) and floor (9.875) against Missouri (2/17)... recorded a career-high 9.850 on the vault against SUU (2/2) to win the event... her 9.850 on the vault is USU's top vault score this season... owns season averages of 9.639 on vault, 9.705 on bars, 9.586 on beam, and 9.606 0n floor, 38.647 in the all-around.

Kyla Mattioli - Freshman from Hampton, N.J. ... has seen action on the vault and floor for the Aggies in 2001... posted a personal-best 9.800 on the vault against BYU (3/9)... won the first vault competition of her career against SUU (3/12) recording a 9.750... scored a season-high 9.625 on the floor twice this year, most recently at UCLA (3/4) and then against BSU (1/26)... averaging a 9.588 on vault and a 9.205 on floor this year.

Kira Nulph - Freshman from American Falls, Idaho... competes solely on the balance beam for the Aggies... owns a 9.521 season average on the beam... set a new career-high on the beam at Denver (2/11) notching a 9.875... turned in an impressive event-winning 9.850 on the beam against Southern Utah to earn the Coca-Cola Gymnast of the Meet award (2/2).

Kristin O'Dell -- Senior co-captain from Middleton, Wis. ... competes only on the floor for USU and currently owns a team-best 9.770 season floor average... notched a career-high 9.875 on the floor against Missouri (2/17) to tie for first place on the event with two other Aggie gymnasts... has notched a 9.800 on the floor three times this season... has not scored below a 9.725 in 10 of the Aggies 11 meets this year.

Brittnee Penman - Freshman from Murray, Utah... an all-arounder who has seen action only on the bars this season... has won two bars competitions this season, one against Southern Utah (2/2) and most recently against BYU (3/9)... recorded a season-best 9.900 on the bars to earn a second-place finish against BSU (1/26)... averaging a 9.607 on the bars for the year.

Allison Rosenthal -- Sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz. ... one of USU's most consistent floor workers Rosenthal has not scored below a 9.625 on the floor in the last nine meets... posted a career-best 9.875 on the floor against Brigham Young (3/9)... recorded a 9.825 on the floor against Southern Utah (2/2) to win the event... owns a 9.660 season average on the floor exercise.

Kimberly Scharman -- Junior from Salt Lake City, Utah... has see action on the beam for Utah State recording a career-high 9.700 twice this year... averaging a 9.221 on the beam this season... competed on the bars in exhibition against Brigham Young and scored a 9.725.

Kirra Seeley (Degener) -- Junior co-captain from Kaysville, Utah... sat out the first seven meets of the season recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in her right thumb... made her season debut on the balance beam against San Jose State and posted a 9.725 mark.

Kelcy Wathen -- Sophomore from Salt Lake City, Utah... has been a bar specialist for the Aggies this season... tied her career-high on the bars at Utah (2/6) turning in a team-high 9.800 score... has also recorded a 9.775 on the bars three times this year... averaging a 9.525 on the bars this season.

Megan Woolstenhulme -- Senior co-captain from Pleasant View, Utah... competes on the vault and beam for Utah State... has the second best season vault average on the team (9.734)... has been a top-3 finisher on the vault in six meets for USU, including taking top honors at California (2/21), and against Missouri (2/17) and San Jose State (2/26)... has scored a season-high 9.825 on vault three times this year, most recently against BYU (3/9)... has scored a career-high 9.800 on the balance beam twice this year... is averaging a 9.514 on the beam this season.



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