March 21, 2013
WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS Centrum Arena (5,300) Cedar City, Utah Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 6 p.m. (MT)
WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TAP - Utah State gymnastics will finish the 2013 season at the Western Athletic Conference Championship meet hosted by Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Action will get underway from Centrum Arena on Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m.
TUNING IN - Live meet results will be available online through the "Live Stats" and "Watch Live" links on UtahStateAggies.com that will redirect to Southern Utah's website. Live video feed will be free to fans. The live stats will only work after competition has begun. Fans can also follow @USUGymnastics on Twitter for updated scores and information.
TICKET INFO - Tickets for the 2013 WAC Gymnastics Championship are on sale at the Centrum ticket box office. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-11) and $5 for students of participating institutions. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 435-586-7872 or go online to www.tbirdtickets.com.
WAC STANDINGS - No. 13 Denver is leading the WAC in the all-around scores, as well as in all four events. No. 24 Boise State is close behind in all areas except for balance beam, where San Jose State jumps to the second-place spot.
Rank Team Name Team RQS Avg. Score High Score 13 Denver 196.470 196.077 197.200 24 Boise State 195.785 195.511 196.575 34 Southern Utah 195.145 194.790 196.200 t39 Sac. State 194.740 194.098 195.250 43 San Jose State 194.600 193.968 195.700 53 Utah State 193.445 192.713 194.200
USU WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY - Utah State's best finish at the WAC Championships is third, done twice. The first was in 2007 also in Cedar City, Utah, hosted by Southern Utah. The Aggies matched that finish in 2010 in Fullerton, Calif., when Cal State Fullerton hosted the meet. The Aggies hosted the WAC meet in 2006 and 2012, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Utah State's other finishes were fifth in 2008 at Boise State, sixth in 2009 at Sacramento State and fifth in 2011 at San Jose State. USU has had five WAC individual champions, including four by Jessica Parenti-Otte (bars, 2006; all-around, vault, bars in 2007) and Meagan Lewis who was the co-champion on floor.
USU CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY - Utah State has won five conference championships in the history of its gymnastics program. The Aggies won Big West Conference titles in 1992, 1996, 1998 and 2001, as well as a Western Gymnastics Conference crown in 2005.
AGGIES' ALL-WAC HISTORY - USU gymnasts have earned 30 all-WAC honors. The 2011 season was the only year an Aggie did not receive any postseason accolades since joining the WAC.
2006 - Jessica Parenti-Otte (AA, VT, UB), Alex Martin (UB), Megan Tschida (FX)
2007 - Nicki Felley (AA, UB, FX), Jessica Parenti-Otte (AA, FX, VT, UB), Heather Heinrich (VT), Katie Omann (VT), Meagan Lewis (AA, UB, FX), Megan Tschida (FX)
2008 - Nicki Felley (AA, BB), Heather Heinrich (BB), Jasmine Minion (VT), Nicole Simoneau (UB), Megan Tschida (FX)
2009 - Nicki Felley (AA), Nicole Simoneau (UB, BB)
2010 - Heather Heinrich (AA), Rebecca Holliday (UB, BB)
2012 - Kaitlyn Betts (VT), Rebecca Holliday (AA, BB), Sarah Landes (AA, FX), Christina Nye (FX)
Bold = 2013 Returner
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 is back 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. 40 with an RQS of 39.136 and Jones at No. 76 with an RQS of 38.725.
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. In the WAC, Landes is in third-place in all-around, No. 6 on vault (9.835) and No. 9 on beam (9.795). Jones has slipped from the top 10 in league competition, but is No. 13 in all-around.
Three other Aggies are hanging on to spots in the top 50 regionally on their individual events. Freshman Stefanie Daley is currently tied for No. 24 with an RQS of 9.750. Sophomore Susie Miller is at No. 47 on floor (9.720) while freshman Destiny Ezell is No. 50 on the same event (9.615).
ABOUT UTAH STATE - After a tough third rotation, Utah State gymnastics made up for a lot of lost ground through their floor routines, but unfortunately it wasn't enough as the Aggies fell to No. 23 and Western Athletic Conference rival Boise State, 195.300-194.125.
Utah State scored a 48.425 on vault, 48.700 on bars, 47.675 on beam and a season-best 48.975 on floor.
In all-around competition, sophomore Sarah Landes finished second, but still set a new season-high with an overall score of 39.225. Junior Paige Jones matched her season-best with a 39.100 to finish fourth. Boise State's Caitlin Mann took home the all-around title with a 39.325.
Landes and sophomore Kaitlyn Betts tied for second on vault, each notching 9.875. Landes and Jones tied for fifth-place on bars with a score of 9.800. Freshman Stefanie Daley tied for fourth-place on beam with a 9.700. Landes also finished fourth on floor with a 9.875.
The Aggies are averaging 192.713 overall, 48.570 on vault, 48.388 on bars, 47.940 on beam and 47.815 on floor.
ABOUT BOISE STATE - The Broncos are 12-3 overall this season, with a 2-2 WAC record. Holding the No. 24 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 win against the Aggies where they notched a 49.100 on bars, 49.1750 on vault, 49.325 on floor and 47.700 on beam for their total of 195.250.
Boise State is led in all-around competition by sophomore Caitlin Mann. She has an all-around RQS of 38.920, making her No. 8 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 has an RQS of 9.860 on floor, the fifth-best in the conference.
Boise State was projected to finish first in the WAC and have ranked in the top 25 for most of the season. In the history of the two teams competing, Utah State has the advantage, up 54-31.
ABOUT DENVER - Picked to finish second in the league, No. 13 Denver has had a stellar season. The Pioneers notched a season-best 197.200 in a home tri-meet against Arizona State and Illinois State. The team is 17-2 on the season with a perfect 4-0 WAC record.
DU is led by junior Moriah Martin. In the all-around, she has an RQS of 39.380, giving her the lead in the WAC. She has been named the WAC Gymnast of the Week three times throughout the season. In the last four competitions, Martin scored a 10.000, a 9.975 and two 9.950s on vault, ranking her No. 4 nationally.
Denver is coming off a dual-meet against Michigan State where they bested the Spartans, 196.400-193.450. Along with Martin's perfect vault score, the team had a season-best performance on beam with a 49.275.
Utah State met the Pioneers in a quad-meet in Denver, with DU coming out on top with a 195.800 to the Aggies' fourth-place score of 192.150. Denver leads the overall series with USU, 22-20.
ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE - Sacramento State is currently in fourth-place in the WAC based on RQS scores, with a No. 39 national ranking. The team is 6-12 on the year with a 2-1 conference record.
The Hornets had two meets last week, a tri-meet at UC Davis with Air Force, followed by hosting the Academy two days later. They finished second in the tri-meet with a 194.875 and followed it up topping the Falcons with a 194.925.
Sacramento State is led by sophomore Kalliah McCartney. She is second in the WAC in all-around with an RQS of 39.265. Beam is her strong point where she has a 9.840 RQS, also good for No. 2 in the league.
The Hornets narrowly escaped with a win over Utah State on March 1, 193.800-193.400. Overall, Sacramento State leads the series with USU, 13-7.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE - San Jose State is 13-10 overall this season with a 2-3 conference record. They currently sit at No. 5 in the league and No. 43 nationally with an RQS of 194.600.
The Spartans have seen success on the balance beam this season. They are No. 2 in the WAC with an event RQS of 48.780.
San Jose State is led in the all-around by juniors Cassandra Harrison and Bekah Gher with an RQS of 38.970 and 38.920, respectively. Harrsion is No. 5 in the WAC while Gher is No. 6.
The Spartans have a quick return to Cedar City as they were there last weekend for a quad-meet. SJSU finished third among the group with a 194.250. The team's season-best of 195.700 came in a dual-meet against Seattle Pacific on March 1.
The Aggies visited San Jose State for a tri-meet on Feb. 15. The Spartans finished first with a 194.550 while the Aggies were in second-place with a 193.225. Brown was third with a 189.350. Overall, SJSU has the slight edge over USU, leading 14-12.
ABOUT SOUTHERN UTAH - With an overall record of 7-8 and a conference record of 3-2, Southern Utah is No. 3 in the WAC in total score as well as in every event except for floor. Currently No. 34 in the country with a team RQS of 195.145, the Thunderbirds hope to maintain or improve their standing this weekend to secure a team spot at the North Central Regionals meet.
The Thunderbirds are led by senior all-arounder Michaela Chernoch. She has an RQS of 39.040, good enough for the No. 4 spot among conference competitors.
SUU closed out its regular season last weekend with a season-high 196.200 with wins over Iowa, San Jose State and Ball State. The Aggies and Thunderbirds have competed twice this season, in back-to-back weeks. SUU came out ahead both times, 194.025-192.875 in a tri-meet in Logan, and 195.425-194.200 the following week in Cedar City. Overall, Southern Utah leads Utah State, 39-36.
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 - Individual members of the USU gymnastics team will be competing at the NCAA North Central Regional Championships on Saturday, April 6. The location of this competition, as well as who will be attending, will be announced next week.
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, as well as tying for first once. 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).
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