Meet Notes: Utah State Gymnastics Hosts No. 23 Boise State to Close Regular Season
March 13, 2013
No. 23 Boise State at Utah State Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Logan, Utah Friday, March 15, 2013 - 7 p.m. (MT) SENIOR NIGHT
HOME SWEET HOME - Utah State gymnastics will conclude its 2013 regular season in a Western Athletic Conference dual-meet at home on Friday, March 15. Action from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum will get underway at 7 p.m. (MT).
SENIOR NIGHT ON TAP - The team will honor its two seniors, Amelia Montoya and Amanda Watamaniuk just prior to the meet after the teams march-in. Montoya and Watamaniuk have both spent four seasons with the Aggies. Watamaniuk has been unable to compete this season after prolonged injury.
TUNING IN - Live meet results will be available online through the "Live Stats" and "Watch Live" links on UtahStateAggies.com. There will be a small fee required for the video feed. The live stats will only work after competition has begun. Fans can also follow @USUGymnastics on Twitter for updated scores and information.
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
SO, WE MEET AGAIN, MR. BOND - This will be the third of four meetings between the Aggies and the Broncos this season. Boise State opened their season hosting USU on Jan. 18. The Broncos came out ahead, topping the Aggies, 194.875-191.250. The teams met again in a quad-meet at Denver on Feb. 23. DU won the meet, (195.800) while Boise State came in second (194.525) and Utah State finished fourth (192.150). It will be a quick turnaround before the two teams meet up again at the WAC Championships next Friday, March 22 in Cedar City, Utah, hosted by SUU.
Utah State and Boise State have a long history of competition. Overall, Utah State leads the series 54-30. Boise State rejoined the WAC this season after spending a year as an independent team.
ABOUT BOISE STATE - The Broncos are 11-3 overall this season, with a 1-2 WAC record. Holding the No. 23 spot in the Troester/GymInfo rankings, Boise State earned its high score of the season against Southern Utah on March 1, where they notched a 196.575. The team is averaging a 195.538 with a Regional Qualifying Score of 195.665.
The team is coming off a second-place finish in a quad-meet at San Jose State. With a total score of 195.425, they fell to the Spartan hosts (195.575) while defeating UC Davis (194.500) and Seattle Pacific (191.725).
Boise State is led in all-around competition by sophomore Caitlin Mann. She is averaging an overall score of 38.400, making her No. 10 in the WAC. Senior Brittany Potvin-Green has been a standout on three events this season. At the SJSU quad-meet, she notched a 9.900 on vault, 9.900 on beam and 9.850 on floor. She is averaging 9.853 on floor, the third-best in the conference. Junior Amanda Otuafi has averaged a 9.856 on vault for the Broncos, notching a 9.95 last week.
THE AGGIES' LAST TIME OUT - An all-around win and several career and season-highs weren't quite enough for Utah State gymnastics to pull ahead in a dual-meet in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Monday night. The Aggies fell to in-state rival BYU with an overall score of 192.875.
Utah State scored a 48.425 on vault, a season-best 48.725 on bars, 47.600 on beam and 48.125 on floor. BYU notched a 49.050 on bars, 48.850 on vault, 49.050 on floor and 48.075 on beam for their total of 195.025.
In all-around action, sophomore Sarah Landes finished with a total score of 39.175, just shy of her season-high, which was enough to give her the all-around title. Junior Paige Jones finished fourth with an overall score of 38.600.
Jones also finished tied for second on vault with her 9.850 as well as tying for first-place on floor with the same score. Landes and Jones were part of a four-way tie for third-place on bars, notching a 9.800. Landes also tied for second-place on beam with a 9.750.
SIZING UP THE WAC - At No. 11 in the national rankings, Denver has a strong hold of first-place in each event in the conference. With a season-high total score of 197.200, the Pioneers have an RQS of 196.340. Boise State is close behind at the No. 2 spot in all events except for beam, where San Jose State holds the spot.
The Aggies are in fifth-place on vault with an RQS of 48.685, but are No. 6 in each other event. The team is more than a full point behind No. 5 Sacramento State in the all-around with an RQS of 193.195.
JOINING THE RANKS - Gymnastics rankings are based on the Regional Qualifying Scores. Qualification for regional competition is based on a team's and an all-around competitor's six best regular-season meet scores, of which three must be away. To obtain the RQS, the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged.
In the Troester/GymInfo rankings, Utah State has moved down to No. 55 after spending three weeks at No. 53. Among the North Central Region, the Aggies have been very consistent throughout the season, resting in the middle at No. 8 overall. In the individual events, USU is No. 7 on vault, No. 8 on bars as well as beam, and No. 9 on floor.
Junior Paige Jones and sophomore Sarah Landes are the two Aggies ranked in the top 100 nationally. The duo holds spots among the best in all-around competition as Landes is at No. 34 with an RQS of 39.120 and Jones at No. 73 with an RQS of 38.590. Landes is also back in the top 100 on balance team where she is tied for No. 93 with an RQS of 9.795.
Additionally, Landes and Jones are making a solid showing in both the North Central region and the WAC. Both are in the top 50 among the region in all five areas. Landes is third in the WAC in all-around, No. 6 on vault (9.820) and beam (9.795). Jones is eighth in the league in all-around and No. 10 on vault (9.810).
Many of the Aggie freshmen are among the top 50 regionally in their individual events. Destiny Ezell is at No. 49 on vault (9.540) and No. 50 on floor (9.585) while Michelle Yasukochi is at No. 43 on vault (9.695) and No. 47 on bars (9.655). Hayley Sanzotti has missed the last three meets recovering from an injury but holds the No. 39 position on beam (9.559) while Stefanie Daley is at No. 21 on the same event (9.750). Sophomore Susie Miller rounds out the USU rankings as she is No. 45 on floor (9.680).
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 - As this is the final meet of the 2013 regular season, the Aggies will prepare to head to Cedar City for the WAC Championship meet. All six conference competitors will compete at Southern Utah on Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. Following the conference meet, USU individual gymnasts may be invited to compete at the North Central Regional meet which will take place on Saturday, April 6. The location for that competition will be determined at a later date.
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, claiming the titles against SUU and Hamline (39.125), at Southern Utah (39.200) and against Air Force (39.150). She also won the top spot in a home meet against BYU with a 39.175. Additionally, she claimed the beam title against Southern Utah and Hamline (9.825) and the vault titles at San Jose State and Sacramento State with a career-best 9.875 and a 9.825 respectively.
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). She tied for first-place on floor at home against BYU with a 9.850. Freshmen Stefanie Daley and Joanna Cuba have both taken home beam wins. Cuba earned 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).
TURNING MORE THAN JUST CARTWHEELS - Utah State has four returning gymnasts who earned 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.