Utah State Gymnastics To Host WAC Championships
March 23, 2006
Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championships Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday, March 25, 2006 2 p.m. MST
THIS WEEK - No. 37 Utah State (5-14, 0-8) will host the Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. MST.
LAST TIME OUT - Utah State's gymnastics team wrapped up its regular season at 21st-ranked Minnesota Saturday night with a second-place finish to the Gophers, 191.175-194.850. The score was the Aggies' second lowest of the season. With the loss the Aggies fell to 5-14 overall, 0-8 in the WAC.
The meet started with the Aggies and Gophers tied after the first rotation at 48.350. It was on bars that Jessica Parenti scored the highest mark of the night for Utah State with a 9.825 and a third place finish, also the highest finish of the night for the Aggies.
In the second rotation, on vault, the Aggies went three, four, five with Katie Omann vaulting into third (9.725), Meagan Lewis fourth (9.675), and Parenti tied for fifth (9.625). Utah State finished almost a full point behind Minnesota heading into the third rotation as the Gophers recorded their second-highest score of the year on bars with a 49.050.
On beam, Utah State recorded its second-lowest score of the year as the highest finish it could muster was a 9.550 from Nicki Felley, who finished in sixth. As a team the Aggies scored a 46.825.
Parenti led the way on floor with a 9.700, good enough again for sixth place as three of the Gophers scored a 9.750 to tie for third. Carmelina Carabajal finished in first for Minnesota with a 9.800.
Parenti was the top finisher for the Aggies in the all-around with a 38.375 and a third-place finish.
TEAM RANKINGS - Utah State's gymnastics team is ranked 37th in the nation with a regional qualifying score of 192.970 it was announced in the GymInfo polls Monday.
In team event rankings, the Aggies are ranked 28th on beam (48.350), 31st on bars (48.505), 40th on vault (48.455), and 44th on floor (48.290).
Senior Jessica Parenti tied for 36th in the all-around with an RQS score of 39.095.
In the WAC the Aggies remained the fifth-ranked team. Other league teams in the listings include 25th-ranked Southern Utah, 28th-ranked Boise State, 30th-ranked Sacramento State, 33rd-listed San Jose State, and Cal State Fullerton at 49th.
DECODING THE RQS - The RQS is determined by taking a team's top six scores, at least three of which of which must be away scores. The top score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. The Aggies RQS is currently 192.805, and with every meet the Aggies have the opportunity to improve that score.
Following the Western Athletic Conference championships, the top 18 teams in the nation by RQS rank will automatically make it to regionals. The final 18 spots will come as three teams from each of the six regions which are not in the top-18 will make the field. In regional rankings the Aggies are currently ranked seventh in the North Central Region. Utah (No. 2) and Iowa State (No. 4) are ranked in the top-18 and Denver (No. 20) and Minnesota (No. 21) aren't far out.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC - Senior Jessica Parenti is the highest nationally-ranked all-around gymnast in the WAC as she is tied for 36th with an RQS of 39.095. She is also the highest ranked gymnast from Brigham Young, Southern Utah or Utah State.
Parenti currently holds the highest score this season in the WAC in the all-around with the 39.275 recorded on Feb. 24 against Sacramento State. She is also the runner-up with a 39.250. Parenti is tied for the highest score recorded this year on the balance beam and floor exercise with a 9.900 and 9.875 in each event.
As a team Utah State has the highest score recorded this year on the balance beam with the 49.000 they recorded against Washington and Texas Woman's on Feb. 10.
INJURED AND IMPAIRED - Utah State has been plagued by injuries this year as Ashley Barr, Nicki Felley, Jackie Fogli, Devin Markle, Katie Omann, Brittany Price and Megan Tschida each sat out all or part of the season due to injury.
Fogli, who tied for first as the conference champ on vault in 2005, has been out of commission since the Aggies first meet of 2006.
Barr was the fifth-place finisher for the conference last year on beam. In 2005 she competed in all 13 meets for the Aggies on both beam and floor, and missed only one meet on the bars. She has been out all of 2006 due to an ACL tear in the fall.
Omann started the 2006 season strong as she won the all-around against BYU on Jan. 20, but the following meet suffered an injury at Utah during warm-ups and was limited to only the bars for the next four meets. She was unable to compete in the all-around again until March 10 against Boise State.
Megan Tschida had the highest floor average for Utah State last year with a 9.8318. In 2006 she competed in the first meet of the year and then sat out until Feb. 10. She returned to only the bars until March 3 when she was added to the lineup for both beam and floor.
THE REST OF THE WAC - There are six teams competing in the WAC Championship, including Boise State, San Jose State and affiliates, Cal State Fullerton, Sacramento State and Southern Utah.
ROTATION - The rotation for the 2006 championship will be: vault, bye, uneven parallel bars, balance beam, bye and floor exercise. Boise State will begin on vault, San Jose State will start on bars, Utah State will start on beam and Southern Utah will begin on Floor. Cal State Fullerton has a bye in the first round, and will begin on bars in the second round, and Sacramento State will sit out the first round as well while starting on floor in the second rotation.
CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LOGAN - Utah State last hosted a gymnastics championship in 2002 when it hosted the Western Gymnastics Conference Championships. Last time USU served as host to the event Aggies finished third.
TOP THREE - Utah State has been a top-three finisher in every conference championship they have been affiliated with since 1992. They finished first in five of the last 14 years, including in 2005 at the Western Gymnastics Conference Championships.
TICKETS - Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens (60 years and up) and students. Youth tickets (ages 12 and under) will be $3. All seats are general admission and parking is free. Tickets may be purchased by calling 435-797-0305 or 1-888-878-2831 or on-line at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Spectrum Ticket Office. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The day of the event the Spectrum Ticket Office will open at noon.
2006 TEAM CAPTAINS - Juniors Rachael Mandy and Alex Martin and sophomore Kelly Patterson are serving as the captains for the 2006 squad. This is Mandy and Patterson's first year as captains and Martin's second.
2006 SEASON OUTLOOK - The Aggies are entering their 29th season of Division I competition and their 29th season under head coach Ray Corn. After finishing first at the WGC in 2005, the Aggies begin the 2006 in the WAC with a preseason second place ranking. They return 12 letterwinners, and bring in four freshmen. This year the Aggies return three seniors in Ashley Barr, Liesel Kohler and Jessica Parenti. Barr, however, will redshirt this season after tearing her ACL this fall. Jessica Parenti is expected to lead the team in the all-around competition. Last year she recorded a personal best 39.425. She will be joined by teammate Megan Tschida, who led the Aggies in the beginning of last year as Parenti was out sick. They will be joined by Alex Martin, Katie Omann and Rachael Mandy. The Aggies will be returning a veteran vault squad, with the exception of freshman Devin Markle. Jackie Fogli, Rachael Mandy, Megan Lewis and Katie Omann will all be strong competitors for the Aggies. The balance beam is one place to look for the freshmen in action. As for the returners, Liesel Kohler, Meagan Lewis and Alex Martin are all expected to be strong contributors. All three gymnasts currently rank on the Aggies top-10 all time list. On floor Megan Tschida and Jessica Parenti are expected to shine. Liesel Kohler and Alex Martin will also continue to compete as solidly as they have in the past.
HEAD COACH RAY CORN - Utah State's Ray Corn (Northern Colorado `71) is in his 29th year as the Aggies' head coach. Corn's teams own an overall record of 423-411-2. In 20 of the past 22 years, USU has qualified for the NCAA regional competition. Utah State first participated in the Big West Conference gymnastics championship in 1992, winning the title. The Aggies claimed the Big West championship three times -- in 1996, 1998 and 2001. USU joined the Western Gymnastics Conference in 2002, winning the conference title in 2005. The Aggies joined the Western Athletic Conference this year. Corn was named the Midwest Regional Coach of the Year in 1991, earned Big West Co-Coach of the Year honors in 1994 and was named Big West Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2001. He also earned coach of the year honors in the High Country Athletic Conference in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He was named WGC Coach of the Year in 2005.
A LOOK AT THE 2006 AGGIES
Ashley Barr - A redshirting senior from Littleton, Colo., Barr will sit out the 2006 season after tearing her ACL this fall and undergoing surgery in December. In 2005 Barr competed in all 13 meets for the Aggies on both beam and floor, and missed only one meet on the bars. She received WGC all-conference honors on beam after finishing fifth with a 9.825. She received WGC all-academic honors for the third straight year as well as being named the WGC athlete of the week for the week of March 7.
Nicki Felley - Against Southern Utah she vaulted a 9.625 while finishing with a 9.550 at Minnesota. At Minnesota she was the top-Aggie on beam with a sixth-place finish and a 9.550 while also competing on floor for the second time in her career with a 9.475. Against Boise State she recorded a career-high 9.725 on vault to finish tied for fifth. She also competed in exhibition on the beam and floor for the first time in her career recording an 8.300 and 9.500 respectively. A freshman out of Flower Mound, Texas she competed at the 2005 Junior Olympic Championships where she finished ninth in the all-around out of 250 participants. She placed 11th on the bars, 17th on both the beam and vault, and 19th on the floor to solidify her top-10 performance.
Jackie Fogli - Had a fifth place finish on vault against Cal State Fullerton, NC State and San Jose State with a 9.775. On the floor she was the second best Aggie and 13th overall with a 9.400. On the beam she finished with a 8.975. A sophomore out of Wheaton, Ill., Fogli was a strong contender on the vault all last season for the Aggies. She finished the season with a 9.7075 average. At the WGC Championships she led the Aggies on the vault with a 9.900 to tie for first. She became only the second freshman from Utah State to win a WGC event. She also earned all-conference honors on floor with her fourth place finish with a career high 9.775.
Jaymie Goodsell - A redshirt sophomore from Blaine, Minn., Goodsell is expected to add depth to the Aggies on the beam.
Sarah Johnson - Against Boise State Johnson returned to the beam and recorded a 9.600. Competed on the beam in every meet this season except last week at Southern Utah. In her last outing against Sacramento State she recorded a 9.125, her lowest of the season. Two weeks ago against Washington and TWU she scored a career-high 9.800 to finish third overall. Against the Cougars she scored a 9.625 on beam, while scoring a 9.400 on bars. She finished with the second highest score on the beam for the Aggies against TWU, LSU and Centenary scoring a 9.625 and she competed for the first time in her career on bars scoring a 8.800. Johnson is a freshman from Arlington, Texas.
Liesel Kohler - She has competed on the beam in seven of the 12 meets this year for the Aggies, and in every meet but one on the floor. Against Southern Utah she scored a 9.675 on floor and against Boise State she recorded a 9.650. At BYU she recorded a season-high 9.775 on beam to tie for third place. She also competed on the floor and scored a 9.650. She helped the Aggies on floor against BYU on Jan. 20 with a 9.750 to finish third. Against TWU, LSU and Centenary, Kohler again finished third with a score of 9.850. A senior from La Selva Beach, Calif., Kohler currently has eight of the top 20 all-time floor performances and three of the top 10 all-time beam performances for the Aggies. In 2005 she won the WGC Championships floor title (9.850) and finished third on beam (9.850). She garnered all-conference honors in both events.
Meagan Lewis - Lewis has competed in every event but one this season, competing in 47 of 48 events as she missed the balance beam on Jan. 15 at Texas Woman's. At Minnesota she finished fourth in the all-around with a 38.250. She scored a 9.675 on vault (fourth), 9.475 on bars (10th), a 9.475 on beam (tied for eighth), and a 9.625 on floor (tied for seventh). Against Southern Utah she scored a 9.775 on floor to finish in a tie for third, and she finished the meet with a 38.625 in the all-around. Against Boise State she recorded a 38.250 in the all-around, to finish sixth. She did, however, record a season high on bars with a 9.800. Last time out against Southern Utah Lewis was the top finisher for the Aggies in the all-around, finishing third with a 38.550. On vault she scored a 9.575 (10th), a 9.725 on bars to finish tied for fifth with teammate Meagan Tschida, and on both beam and floor she recorded a pair of 9.625's to finish seventh in both events. Lewis scored or tied season-high scores in every event against Sacramento State, recording a 9.775 on the vault (fourth), 9.775 on bars (third), 9.825 on beam (fourth), 9.800 on floor (tied for second) to compile a season-high 39.175 all-around score (second). Against TWU and Washington she won her second straight all-around with a season high 38.900. She scored a 9.750 on vault, scored a 9.575 on bars and scored a season-high 9.800 on floor, placing in a tie for fifth, tenth, and first respectively. On the beam she scored a 9.775 to tie for fourth. Recorded a 38.775 to finish first in the all-around against BYU. She was the only Aggie to claim a first place finish at the meet. Lewis won the all-around after finishing in a tie for third on vault (9.750), fifth on bars (9.650), eighth on the beam (9.675) and seventh on the floor (9.700). A junior from Las Vegas, Nev., she competed as Meagan Nelson as a freshman and sophomore before marrying Corey Lewis. This year Lewis returned to competition in the all-around, something she hasn't done since 2003 when she set a Utah State record for 39.00-plus scores in a season with 12, breaking former Aggie Christy Denson's mark of nine. Her all-around scores in 12 of 14 meets were better than 39.000, including 39.500 against Boise State.
Rachael Mandy - She has competed on vault and bars for the Aggies in all 12 meets so far this season. At Minnesota she scored a 9.500 on vault and 8.750 on bars. Against Southern Utah she scored a 9.700 and a 9.650. Against TWU and Washington she scored a 9.725 on vault and 8.750 on bars. She also competed on floor for the first time in her career and scored a 9.200. She recorded her season-high vault score (9.775) against the Cougars to finish second and scored a 9.675 on bars to finish fourth. Against Utah she scored a season-high 9.775 on vault and a 9.700 on bars. Against TWU, LSU and Centenary she tied for second on bars with a 9.775. A junior from Fargo, N.D., Mandy will serve as one of three team captains this year. Mandy competed on the vault in every meet of 2005. She scored at least a 9.700 on vault in each meet and was the most solid Aggie on vault with a season average of 9.7583.
Devin Markle - A freshman from Reno, Nev., Markle finished 18th in the all-around competition at the 2005 Junior Olympic Championships. She had a top-10 performance on the floor (10), then finished 13th on the bars, 25th on the vault, and 32nd on the beam.
Alex Martin - Martin competed in the all-around against both Southern Utah and Minnesota. At Minnesota she finished with a 37.950 and against Southern Utah she finished with a 37.825. Martin competed in every event except the vault, against Boise State scoring a 9.00 on bars, 9.725 on beam, and 9.775 on floor. Against Southern Utah she scored 9.775 on bars (tied for second), 9.650 on beam (sixth), and 9.275 on floor (12th). Against Sacramento State she finished third in the all-around after scoring a season-high 9.800 on floor and bars, a 9.700 on beam, and a 9.450 on vault. Against TWU and Washington she finished second in the all-around for the second time this season. She scored a season-high 38.625 after scoring a 9.550 on vault, 9.650 on bars, 9.750 on beam and 9.675 on floor. Against BYU she finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.250. Against Utah Martin competed in the all-around for the first time this season and scored a 38.525. She led the Aggies on beam with a 9.625, and was the second Aggie on the bars (9.750). She had a 9.700 on vault, and a 9.450 on floor. After only competing in one event at Cal State Fullerton because of a sore ankle, Martin returned to the lineup in three events against TWU, LSU and Centenary. She competed on the bars and tied for second with a 9.775. She also competed on beam (8.250) and floor (9.550). A junior from Longmont, Colo., Martin is one of three team captains for the 2006 squad.
Katie Omann - Against Southern Utah and Minnesota Omann kept to just the vault and bars. Against Southern Utah she scored a 9.625 on vault and a 9.725 on bars, while scoring a 9.725 and a 9.650 at Minnesota. Omann returned to the all-around against Boise State after a six week hiatus due to injury. She has, however, competed on the bars in all 12 meets this season. This week she scored a 37.325 in the all-around after scoring a 9.575 on vault, 9.500 on bars, 8.750 on beam and 9.500 on floor. Against Southern Utah she scored a 9.525 on vault, 9.350 on bars, and 9.525 on beam. Against Sacramento State she scored a 9.725 on vault, a 9.700 on bars and a 8.950 on beam. Against TWU and Washington she scored a 9.570 on bars and against BYU she scored a 9.075. Against Utah she scored a 9.650. Omann won the all-around for the first time in her career against BYU on Jan. 20 with a 38.850. The first place finish came after she finished second on the vault (9.750) and bars (9.775), fourth on the floor (9.700) and sixth on the beam with a personal-best 9.625. For her efforts she was named the Xbox Live WAC Athlete of the Week. In her first all-around appearance of her career against TWU, LSU and Centenary and finished second with a 38.975 behind teammate Jessica Parenti. Omann out-scored Parenti on the vault in a tie for second place with a score of 9.825. She also tied for second on bars (9.775) while also finishing in at tie for fifth place on floor (9.800) and ninth on beam (9.575). Omann is a sophomore from Sartell, Minn.
Jessica Parenti - Parenti has competed in the all-around in every meet this season for Aggies, competing in 48 events in all. She currently has the highest season average in every event for the Aggies with a 9.714 on vault, 9.729 on bars, 9.589 on beam, 9.687 on floor and a 38.270 in the all-around. Against Minnesota Parenti was the top finisher for the Aggies in the all-around with a 38.375 and a third-place finish. Against Southern Utah she finished second in the all-around with a 39.100. Against Boise State she led the Aggies finishing with first-place finishes on bars (9.825), beam (9.825), and floor (9.850) to win the all-around with a 39.250, her second highest all-around score of the year. Parenti has won the all-around in four of the Aggies 10 meets. At Southern Utah she scored a 9.800 on vault (second), 9.650 on bars (10th), 9.050 on beam (11th), and 9.675 on floor (tied fourth). She finished fourth in the all-around with a 38.175. Against Sacramento State she scored a 9.80 on vault, a pair of 9.850's on bars and beam, and a 9.775 on floor to finish with a season-high all-around score, 39.275. At Boise State she finished second in the all-around with a 38.900. She finished tied for first on floor (9.750) and tied for second on both the beam (9.725) and bars (9.775). She also finished tied for eighth on the vault (9.650). Against TWU and Washington she recorded season-highs on vault and bars with a pair of 9.825's, and a 9.900 on beam. She was honored as USU Athlete of the Week for Jan. 16, and she was the first Aggie to ever receive the Xbox Live WAC Gymnast of the Week honor. Against Cal State Fullerton, NC State and San Jose State Parenti easily won the all-around (38.175) with a third place finish on beam (9.625) and a tie for third on vault (9.800). She took sixth on the floor (9.600) while placing 17th on bars with a 9.150. Parenti holds three rankings in the Aggie all-time top 20. She also holds the highest vault score ever recorded by an Aggie with a 9.950. At the 2005 WGC Championships she took third on bars (9.800) and the all-around (39.025), earning all-conference recognition in both events. Parenti is a senior from Glendora, Calif.
Kelly Patterson - Patterson participated on vault as an exhibitionist against Boise State scoring a 9.025. She competed for the second time in her collegiate career against TWU and Washington scoring a 8.925 on the vault. Against BYU in her first outing she vaulted a 9.525. She is a redshirt sophomore from Twin Falls, Idaho. Patterson is one of three captains for the 2006 Aggies. She won the 2003 Level 10 regionals on the bars and finished eighth in the all-around.
Brittany Price - Price has competed on the beam in every meet this season, except against Boise State due to injury. At Minnesota she scored a 9.075 and against Southern Utah she recorded a 9.725 to tie for fifth. At Southern Utah she scored a 9.725 on beam to finish third, and a 9.475 on floor (10th). Against Sacramento State she scored a 9.175 on beam and a career-best 9.675 on floor. She scored a personal-best against TWU and Washington on beam with a 9.775 and a tie for fourth place finish. Against Boise State she posted a 9.675 finish fifth, while posting a 9.400 on floor (15th). Against BYU Price competed on beam and recorded a 9.750. She also competed on floor scoring a 9.000. Price competed on floor for the first time in her career against Utah and scored a 9.525 for the Aggies. She also competed on vault (9.500) and beam (9.550). Against BYU on Jan. 20 she placed eighth on the vault with a career high 9.600 and ninth on the beam (9.525) for the Aggies. Against TWU, LSU and Centenary Price scored a 9.525 on vault and a 9.100 on beam. At Cal State Fullerton, her first collegiate competition for the Aggies, Price scored a 9.525 on beam to tie for fifth place. Price is a freshman from San Antonio, Texas.
Ana Rickard - Rickard has competed on the vault in nine of the Aggies 12 meets, and on floor in seven meets. In her last competition against Boise State she scored a 9.525 on vault. Last time against Southern Utah she scored a 9.600 on vault. She scored a 9.475 on floor against Sacramento State. She scored a 9.425 on vault at Boise State, and a 9.525 on floor. Against Utah she scored a 9.500 on floor and a recorded a personal-best 9.650 on vault. Rickard improved her floor routine score in the first three meets of the season, scoring a 9.600 her first time out against the Cougars, a 9.525 against TWU, LSU and Centenary, and a 9.325 in her debut at Cal State Fullerton. A sophomore from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Rickard competed in one meet as a freshman on the vault.
Megan Tschida - Tschida competed in three events against both Minnesota and Southern Utah. At Minnesota she scored a 9.675 on vault, a 9.00 on beam, and a 9.500 on floor. Against Southern Utah she scored a 9.725 on both vault and bars, and a 9.300 on floor. Tschida returned to the lineup for the first time in five weeks against TWU and Washington and scored a 9.625 on bars. In the first meet of the season she competed on bars and floor exercise scoring a 8.025 and 8.900 respectively against Cal State Fullerton, NC State and San Jose State. A sophomore from St. Paul, Minn., Tschida flipped into the number one all-around role in 2005 when Jessica Parenti was unable to compete at the beginning of the season. Tschida responded by finishing second in the all-around in her first two meets with an all-around high score of 39.125 against Utah. She also tied for the floor title against Utah with a 9.850. She received all-conference honors by finishing fourth on floor with a 9.775. Had the highest floor average of all the USU gymnasts in 2005 with 9.8318.