Utah State Gymnastics 2012 Season In Review
Utah State gymnastics posted a 5-16 overall and 1-2 Western Athletic Conference record... For the first time since 2006, Utah State gymnastics hosted the WAC Gymnastics Championships, and the Aggies finished fifth with their second-best score of the season with a 194.775.
 
Utah State gymnastics posted a 5-16 overall and 1-2 Western Athletic Conference record... For the first time since 2006, Utah State gymnastics hosted the WAC Gymnastics Championships, and the Aggies finished fifth with their second-best score of the season with a 194.775.
 
 

May 23, 2012

LOGAN, Utah -

Utah State Gymnastics
2012 Year In Review
5-16, 1-2 WAC

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2012 SEASON COMPLETE - Utah State gymnastics posted a 5-16 overall and 1-2 Western Athletic Conference record... For the first time since 2006, Utah State gymnastics hosted the WAC Gymnastics Championships, and the Aggies finished fifth with their second-best score of the season with a 194.775... USU posted its top floor mark of the year with a 49.100, while adding its second-best beam total of the season with a 48.600, and notched a 48.250 on vault and a 48.825 on bars for the final score of 194.775... The Aggies' landed five all-WAC awards, tying 2008 for the most in USU's seven years in the conference... Landes earned a pair of all-WAC honors, collecting first-team honors by tying for second on floor with a season-best 9.875, the highest score on floor for the Aggies this season... Landes also earned second-team all-conference accolades in the all-around, finishing sixth with a 39.125... Holliday earned second-team all-WAC honors by placing fourth on beam with a career-best 9.875... The 9.875 ties the fourth-best in school history, becoming the 25th Aggie gymnast with a 9.875 or higher... Freshman Kaitlyn Betts tied for fifth on vault to earn second-team all-league honors with a 9.825 and sophomore Christina Nye nabbed a tie for sixth on floor with a career-high 9.850 for second-team all-conference accolades... Utah State sent three individuals to the NCAA North Central Regional meet, senior Rebecca Holliday, sophomore Paige Jones and freshman Sarah Landes, with all three competing in the all-around... Landes finished 12th in the all-around with a 38.325, while Holliday was 16th with a 38.125 and Jones was 20th with a 35.400.

IN THE RANKINGS - Utah State finished with a No. 47 ranking in the Troester/GymInfo Women's Gymnastics Coaches Poll for the second season in a row... USU had a final Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 193.925 a season-average of 193.469 and a season-high of 194.875.

Rank 	Team 	Team RQS	Avg. 	High
47 	UTAH STATE 	193.925 	193.469 	194.875
GOOD ATTENDANCE - USU ranked No. 23 in the country for average attendance, drawing an average of 1,277.2 fans per home meet... Utah State's mark was second in the WAC, behind Southern Utah at No. 9 in the country with a 3,069.75 average... USU's season-high crowd of 1,522 at the Arizona State meet on March 3 was No. 30 in the country for maximum attendance.

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER - USU had six different gymnasts earn event wins in 2012, collecting 18 event titles, including four Aggie gymnasts tying for the bars title vs. SJSU on 2/10, part of a five-way logjam for the event title... Freshman Sarah Landes and sophomore Paige Jones led the team with seven event wins, with Jones winning six in a one week span with three each in the BYU and SUU duals... Senior Rebecca Holliday had five while junior Amelia Montoya and freshmen Kaitlyn Betts and Susie Miller notched one each.

AGGIES' ALL-WAC HISTORY - After USU's streak of having at least one all-WAC honoree was snapped in 2011 after having at least one gymnast place in the top six in each of the previous five years, the Aggies rebounded by landing five all-WAC awards, tying 2008 for the most in USU's seven years in the conference... Freshman Sarah Landes earned a pair of all-WAC honors, collecting first-team honors by tying for second on floor with a season-best 9.875, the highest score on floor for the Aggies this season... Landes also earned second-team all-conference accolades in the all-around, finishing sixth with a 39.125... Senior Rebecca Holliday earned second-team all-WAC honors by placing fourth on beam with a career-best 9.875... The 9.875 ties the fourth-best in school history, becoming the 25th Aggie gymnast with a 9.875 or higher... Freshman Kaitlyn Betts tied for fifth on vault to earn second-team all-league honors with a 9.825 and sophomore Christina Nye nabbed a tie for sixth on floor with a career-high 9.850 for second-team all-conference accolades... Overall, USU gymnasts have earned 35 all-WAC honors.

UTAH STATE'S ALL-WAC HISTORY
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 Sarah Landes (FX, AA); Rebecca Holliday (BB); Kaitlyn Betts (VT); Christina Nye (FX)

Bold = 2013 Returners

ACADEMIC ALL-WAC - Six Utah State gymnasts earned academic all-WAC honors: senior Haley Hogan, who has a 3.21 GPA as a watershed & earth systems major; senior Rebecca Holliday, who has a 3.39 GPA majoring in journalism; junior Amanda Watamaniuk, who registered 3.76 GPA as a physical therapy major; sophomore Paige Jones, who posted a 3.32 GPA majoring in English; sophomore Christina Nye, who has a 3.36 GPA as a physical therapy major; redshirt-freshman Samantha Wagner, who has a 3.36 GPA as a psychology major; freshman Breyanna Aufiero who has a 3.57 GPA as an undeclared major, freshman Kaitlyn Betts as an undeclared business major, freshman Ashley Follett who has a 3.56 GPA as an undeclared major, freshman Sarah Landes who has a 4.0 GPA as an exercise science major, freshman Kristen Meyers who has a 3.80 GPA as a physical education teaching major, freshman Susie Miller who has a 3.50 GPA as an undeclared major and freshman Jenna Saxton who has a 3.79 GPA as an undeclared major.

WHITESIDES SCHOLAR-ATHETES - USU had a total of 15 gymnasts earn Utah State Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Awards, consisting of 13 current and two more former gymnasts: senior Haley Hogan, as a watershed & earth systems major, senior Rebecca Holliday, as a journalism major, junior Amanda Watamaniuk as a physical therapy major, sophomore Christina Nye as a pre-physical therapy major, sophomore Paige Jones as an English major, redshirt-freshman Samantha Wagner as a psychology major, freshman Breyanna Aufiero as an undeclared major, freshman Kaitlyn Betts as an undeclared business major, freshman Ashley Follett as an undeclared major, freshman Sarah Landes as an exercise science major, freshman Kristen Meyers as a physical education teaching major, freshman Susie Miller as an undeclared major, freshman Jenna Saxton as an undeclared major, as well as former gymnasts Maegan Snodgrass as an elementary education major and Chelsea Marquardt as a social work major.

Additionally, the Aggie gymnastics team was second for most improved teams.

ABOUT UTAH STATE - The Aggies finished with a No. 47 ranking in the Troester/GymInfo Women's Gymnastics Coaches Poll for the second year in a row... USU had a final Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 193.925, a season-average of 193.469 and a season-high of 194.875... The Aggies were fifth in the WAC and eighth in the North Central final rankings... USU was second in the WAC on bars (48.865 RQS/48.729 avg./49.350 high), while ranking fourth in the conference on floor (48.800 RQS/48.506 avg./49.100 high), as well as fifth on the other two events: vault (48.455 RQS/48.263 avg./48.650 high) and beam (48.280 RQS/47.971 avg./48.825 high).

Freshman Sarah Landes led USU in the all-around (38.935 RQS/38.683 avg./39.350 high), as well as leading the team in RQS on both beam (9.690 RQS/9.567 avg./9.875 high) and floor (9.815 RQS/9.733 avg./9.875 high)... Sophomore Paige Jones led the Aggies in RQS on vault (9.810 RQS/9.721 avg./9.875 high) and bars (9.805 RQS/9.521 avg./9.875 high)... Landes led the Aggies in all-around average (38.683), vault (9.737) and floor (9.733) while junior Amelia Montoya led USU on bars average (9.738) and redshirt-freshman Samantha Wagner had the highest beam average (9.639) for the Aggies.

9.875 POPULAR - The score of 9.875 was a popular one for the Aggies, as it was the top individual score in all four events... Sophomore Paige Jones was the lone Aggie to notch that mark on vault, while freshman Sarah Landes was the only USU gymnast to post that score on floor... Four Aggies logged that score on bars, all doing so in the same meet to share the event title in the San Jose State meet on Feb. 10, as senior Rebecca Holliday, junior Amelia Montoya along with Jones and Landes all did so... Holliday registered her 9.875 on beam in the WAC Championships on March 24, while Landes landed that mark twice on beam, the first in the Southern Utah/Boise State tri-meet on Jan. 27 and the second in the SJSU dual on Feb. 10.

TOPPING 39.000 - After only having two scores of 39.000 or better in 2011, both by Jackie Dillon, the Aggies had six scores in the 39.000's, including five by freshman Sarah Landes, highlighted by a 39.350 in the dual against San Jose State on Feb. 10... Sophomore Paige Jones added a 39.050 in the same meet for USU's sixth score.

The 39.350 by Landes was tied for the ninth-highest score in USU history and she's tied for No. 13 on the Aggies' top all-around performance list.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS - The Aggies left their mark in 12 spots in the USU record books in 2012, with nine individual event marks, two individual season averages and one team season average mark:

INDIVIDUAL EVENT HIGHS
All-Around - T13. Sarah Landes - 39.350 - 2/10/12 - San Jose State dual
Vault - T14. Paige Jones - 9.875 - 1/27/12 - BSU/SUU Tri-Meet
Vault - T23. Paige Jones - 9.850 - 3/5/12 - BYU dual
Bars - T24. Rebecca Holliday - 9.875 - 2/10/12 - San Jose State dual
Bars - T24. Amelia Montoya - 9.875 - 2/10/12 - San Jose State dual
Bars - T24. Paige Jones - 9.875 - 2/10/12 - San Jose State dual
Bars - T24. Sarah Landes - 9.875 - 2/10/12 - San Jose State dual
Beam - T25. Rebecca Holliday - 9.875 - 3/24/12 - WAC Championships
Beam - T25. Sarah Landes (2) - 9.875 - 2/10/12 - San Jose State dual

INDIVIDUAL SEASON AVERAGES Vault - 16. Sarah Landes - 9.737 - 2012 Bars - T13. Amelia Montoya - 9.738 - 2012

TEAM SEASON AVERAGES Bars - 2. 49.350 - 2012

CAREER-HIGHS FOR 15 PLEASE ALEX - Utah State posted a season-high 15 career-highs on the way to its season-high 194.875 in the San Jose State dual on Feb. 10, including all six in the bars line-up... Freshman Sarah Landes led with five (all four events + all-around), followed by two by senior Rebecca Holliday (bars and beam), sophomore Paige Jones (bars and all-around) and junior Amanda Watamaniuk (bars and floor), as well as one each by junior Amelia Montoya (bars), along with freshmen Kaitlyn Betts (bars), Ashley Follett (beam) and Susie Miller (floor).

SUPER 16 - The 16 gymnasts on USU's 2012 roster is the most on an Aggie roster since 2006, after having 15 on the 2011 roster, 13 on the 2010 ledger, 12 on the 2009 roster... USU had 14 gymnasts on each of the 2008 and 2007 rosters, while having 16 on the 2006 roster.

BEEHIVE STATERS - Utah State has three gymnasts from the state of Utah in senior Haley Hogan (Centerville/Viewmont HS/North Davis Gymnastics), sophomore Christina Nye (North Logan/Logan HS/Tytans Gymnastics) and freshman Ashley Follett (American Fork, Utah/American Fork HS/All American Gymnastics).

AGGIES SCHEDULE FULL OF NUMBERS - A total of seven of USU's 2012 opponents were in the final Top 25 ranked... Two of those five are in the top seven as Utah (Jan. 13) was No. 5 while Oklahoma (Jan. 21) was No. 7... Other USU foes included No. 14 Boise State (Jan. 27/March 2), No. 22 Arizona (March 16) and No. 23 Denver (March 24)... Three other opponents were just outside the Top 25 in No. 27 Arizona State (Feb. 3) and No. 36 San Jose State (Feb. 10/, March 24)... Two other USU 2012 opponents just missed qualifying for regionals, in No. 37 BYU (Feb. 25/March 5) and No. 38 Bridgeport (March 16).

LAST TIME OUT - Utah State gymnastics' three gymnasts had solid outings at the NCAA Salt Lake City Regional Championships on April 7, hosted by the University of Utah at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Freshman Sarah Landes finished 12th in the all-around with a 38.325, while senior Rebecca Holliday was 16th with a 38.125 and sophomore Paige Jones was 20th with a 35.400.

Landes was looking like she might have a chance to go to nationals as one of the top two all-arounders not on a qualifying team, before having a wobble and fall on beam in her final event. The freshman posted 9.775's on both floor (T22nd) and vault (T19th), along with 9.700 on bars (T16th) and 9.075 on beam (T40th).

Holliday scored a 9.650 on beam (T26th), 9.575 on bars (33rd), 9.550 on floor (T35th) and 9.400 on vault (40th) for her final score of 38.175 in her last meet as an Aggie gymnast. Jones struggled in her first two events, posting an 8.700 on bars (42nd) and an 8.050 on beam (42nd), before bouncing back with a 9.200 on vault (41st) and a 9.450 floor (38th).

The three USU individuals rotated with certain teams, as Holliday rotated with Iowa State, while Jones was with Minnesota and Landes was with Utah. All three Aggies got large ovations from the Utah crowd during introductions, as well as during their performances.

Holliday opened action on vault for the first rotation, while Jones and Landes had byes, and the senior notched a 9.400. For the second rotation, Holliday had a bye while Jones was on bars, posting an 8.700 while Landes was on floor, registering a 9.775.

The third rotation had Holliday on bars, where she recorded a 9.575, while Jones was on beam, logging an 8.050 and Landes was on vault, landing a 9.775, sticking her landing and tying her second-best score of the season. For the fourth rotation, Landes and Jones had byes while Holliday was on beam, registering a 9.650 and after high 10's from the Iowa State team, gave an enthusiastic fist pump to the cheering Aggie team, who made the short trip from Logan to support the USU trio and were sitting in the section just above beam.

The fifth rotation scheduled Landes on bars, posting a 9.700, while Jones logged a 9.450 on floor and Holliday had a bye. Like the third rotation, all three Aggies were in action for the sixth and final rotation, with Landes posting her 9.075 on beam, while Jones posted a 9.200. Holliday posted a 9.550 on floor in her final event as a collegiate gymnast.

It was Jones' second NCAA regional, while Holliday was making her first appearance at regionals, after being an alternate last year and just missing the previous two seasons. Landes was also making her first appearance, and will join with Jones in taking the experience back to the team and practice gym to work on making it to regionals as a team next season.

A GLANCE AT THE AGGIES ­

Breyanna Aufiero - Notched a 9.500 on vault (8th) in collegiate debut at the Utah dual... Scored an 8.625 on vault (24th) at the Texas Woman's quad meet... Posted a 9.375 on vault (17th) in the tri-meet with Boise State and Southern Utah... In the Arizona State dual, registered a 9.275 on vault (10th)... Recorded the top score of her career on vault as an exhibition performer in the San Jose State dual with a 9.525... Improved on best score of season with a 9.575 on vault (T9th) in the dual vs. Sacramento State... Continued improvement with a 9.625 on vault in an exhibition performance at the BYU tri-meet with Southern Utah... In the dual at Boise State, posted a 9.525 on vault (9th)... Recorded a 9.500 in a vault exhibition performance in the home dual vs. BYU... Posted a 9.600 on vault in an exhibition performance at the Southern Utah dual... Did not see action in the quad at Arizona... Was 21st on vault at the WAC Championships with a season-high official score of 9.600.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed at Deltchev Gymnastics under Stoyan Deltchev... Nevada State Champion in 2009... Named Gymnast of the Year for her club in 2010... Qualified for Level 9 Western Championship.

Kaitlyn Betts - In USU debut in dual at Utah, posted a 9.625 on bars (11th) and an 8.925 on vault (12th)... Scored a 9.725 on bars (T11th) at the Texas Woman's quad... For second time in as many meets, recorded a 9.725 on bars (T7th) in the tri-meet with Boise State and Southern Utah, as well as posting a 9.500 on vault in an exhibition performance... Notched a 9.350 on bars (10th) in the Arizona State dual... Registered a career-best 9.850 on bars (6th) in the dual vs. San Jose State... Earned first win of her USU career by capturing bars title in the Sacramento State dual with a 9.825 and also posted a 9.500 on vault in an exhibition performance... Posted a 9.650 on bars (T12th) at the BYU tri-meet and added her top vault score of season with a 9.625 (15th)... In the dual at Boise State, notched a 9.750 on bars (T8th)... Recorded a career-best 9.700 (T5th) on vault in addition to an 8.400 (12th) on bars in the dual vs. BYU... Notched a 9.750 on bars (T3rd) and a 9.675 on vault (8th) in the dual at Southern Utah... At the Arizona quad, registered a 9.775 on bars (T11th), and a 9.675 on vault (11th)... Earned second-team all-WAC honors on vault, tying for fifth with a season-high 9.825 at the WAC Championships, adding a 9.775 on bars (T12th).

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for Euro Stars Gymnastics under Peter and Tania Gueorguive... Was named the 2011 Level 10 National Champion on vault and placed eighth on bars... Placed third in the all-around at the 2010 Level 10 National Invitation Tournament... In 2008 she was the Level 9 Regional all-around and bars champion... Placed third in the all-around at 2008 Level 9 Nationals.

Ashley Follett - Logged a 9.600 on beam (8th) in first collegiate action in dual at Utah... Notched a 9.600 on beam (T11th) and an 8.450 on floor (24th) at the Texas Woman's quad... Improved on beam score in the tri-meet with Boise State and Southern Utah with a 9.675 (T10th)... Recorded a 9.475 on beam (10th) in the Arizona State dual, as well as a 9.675 on floor in an exhibition performance... Boosted top score of career on beam with a 9.750 (T6th) and added a 9.100 on floor (T11th) in the San Jose State dual... Posted highest official score of season with 9.625 on floor (11th) while also notching 9.050 on beam (11th) in the dual against Sacramento State... Notched a 9.600 on beam (T10th) at the BYU tri-meet at added a 9.475 in a floor exhibition performance... In the dual at Boise State, registered a 9.375 on beam (8th)... Notched a career-best 9.775 on beam (T5th) in the BYU dual... At the Southern Utah dual, posted a 9.725 on beam (T3rd)... Recorded a 9.600 on beam (14th) and an 8.950 on floor (24th) in the quad at Arizona... Notched a season-high 9.700 on floor in the WAC Championships meet to tie for 27th while adding a 9.625 on beam (23rd).

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for US Gold Gymnastics in Roanoke, Texas under Tina Martin... Moved to Utah where she competed with All American Gymnastics under Jamie Wysong... Was the 2011 Level 10 Utah State Champion in all-round, bars and floor... Was a five-time regional qualifier... Placed fifth at the 2010 Level 9 Westerns.

Haley Hogan - Scored a 9.575 on beam (11th) in dual at Utah... At the Texas Woman's quad, scored an 8.900 on beam (21st)... In an exhibition performance on beam in the tri-meet with Boise State and Southern Utah, posted a 9.775... Notched a 9.625 on beam (9th) in the dual vs. Arizona State...In the home dual vs. San Jose State, registered a season-best 9.725 on beam (8th)... Recorded a 9.625 on beam (7th) in the Sacramento State dual... Posted a 9.300 on beam (15th) at the BYU tri-meet... Did not compete in the dual at Boise State... Had a shining performance in the spotlight on Senior Night, posting a career-high 9.775 on beam (T5th) in the dual vs. BYU... At the Southern Utah dual, notched a 9.700 on beam (5th)... Recorded a 9.675 on beam (12th) at the Arizona quad... Registered a 9.650 on beam (22nd) in the WAC Championships meet.

LAST SEASON: Posted a 9.625 on beam as an exhibition performance in the Southern Utah dual... Was the top Aggie on beam at the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire, tying for second overall with a 9.675... At the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, posted a 9.500 on beam (18th)... Logged a 9.575 on beam (T7th) at the Southern Utah dual... Posted a 9.625 on beam (T5th) at the Sacramento State dual... In the dual vs. Boise State, tied career-high with a 9.750 on beam (T4th)... Scored a 9.125 on beam and placed 12th in both the Utah dual and the dual at Boise State... Did not compete in the home dual vs. Cal State Fullerton... Was 13th on beam (9.575) at the Southern Utah tri-meet with Iowa... At the WAC Championships, posted a 9.675 on beam (T17th), which was USU's highest score of the meet on the event... Earned academic all-WAC accolades as well as USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award honors.

Rebecca Holliday - Notched a 9.575 on beam (9th) at Utah dual... At the Texas Woman's quad, registered a 9.750 on bars (10th)... Recorded a new career-high with a 9.750 on floor (T9th), as well as tallying 9.775's on both bars (5th) and beam (4th) in the tri-meet with Boise State and Southern Utah... Had a career night in the dual vs. Arizona State, winning her first event title of her career with a 9.800 on bars and also notched her official career high with a 9.800 on floor (T5th), after posting that mark in an exhibition performance as a sophomore, and also added a 9.775 on beam (T2nd)... Competed in the all-around for the first time since freshman season in the San Jose State dual, and was on pace for career-best night before suffering a fall on floor, finishing with 38.450 (5th), but also shared the bars title with career-high 9.875 as well as notching career-best 9.850 on beam (T3rd), and also scored 9.550 (T10th) in first vault of season, as well as scoring 9.175 on floor (10th).... Won third-straight event by collecting beam title in Sacramento State dual with a 9.825, while also notching 9.750 on bars (6th) and 9.525 on vault (11th)... Earned fourth win in a row by sharing beam title at the BYU tri-meet with a career-high tying 9.850 as part of career-best 38.925 in the all-around (2nd), also tying career-high with a 9.700 on vault (14th), along with a 9.725 on floor (11th), and a 9.650 on bars (T12th)... Was sixth in the all-around at the Boise State dual, recording 9.725 on bars (11th), as well as 9.575 on floor (12th), 9.550 on vault (8th) and 9.125 on beam (11th)... On Senior Night, was fourth in the all-around with a 37.900, notching 9.750's on both bars (T6th) and floor (T6th), as well as 9.450 on vault (T11th) and an 8.950 on beam (12th) in the dual vs. BYU... Collected fifth event win of the season by taking top honors on bars at the Southern Utah dual with a 9.800, part of her 38.300 in the all-around (3rd), adding 9.750 on floor (T7th), 9.550 on vault (12th) and 9.200 on beam (10th)... Was fifth in the all-around with a 38.925 at the Arizona quad, registering 9.775 on bars (T11th), 9.750 on floor (12th), 9.550 on vault (18th) and 9.300 (18th) on beam... Earned second-team all-WAC honors by placing fourth on beam with a career-best 9.875, for third career all-WAC honor and tying the fourth-best beam score in school history, becoming the 25th Aggie gymnast with a 9.875 or higher... Finished seventh in the all-around with a 38.900, posting 9.750 on both bars (T15th) and floor (T21st), along with a 9.525 on vault (25th)... Was 16th in the all-around at the NCAA Regional Championships with a 38.125, scoring a 9.650 on beam (T26th), 9.575 on bars (33rd), 9.550 on floor (T35th) and 9.400 on vault (40th) for her final score of 38.175 in her last meet as an Aggie gymnast.

LAST SEASON: In the season-opener at the Southern Utah dual, was second on beam with a 9.775 and also tied for second on bars with a 9.725, as well as posting a new career-best on vault (9.700)... Logged 9.700 on bars (T4th), 9.600 on vault (T7th) and 8.850 on beam (16th) at the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire... Registered a 9.650 on bars (5th), 9.600 on vault (9th) and a 9.100 on beam (12th) at the Southern Utah dual... At the Sacramento State dual, scored a 9.700 on beam (2nd), a 9.275 on bars (T7th) and a 9.075 on vault (12th)... Scored a 9.725 on bars (T6th), a 9.100 on vault (12th) and an 8.350 on beam (12th) in the dual vs. Boise State... Did not compete in either the Utah dual nor the dual at Boise State, due to an injury sustained during warm-ups of the Utah dual... Returned to action in the Cal State Fullerton dual, posting a 9.675 on bars (7th), a 9.475 on vault (T8th) and an 8.325 on beam (12th)... In the tri-meet at Southern Utah with Iowa, logged a 9.725 on bars (T9th) and a 9.600 on vault (16th) as well as a 9.075 in a beam exhibition performance... At the WAC Championships, scored a 9.600 on bars (T23rd) and a 9.100 on vault (33rd)... An academic all-WAC selection and a USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

Paige Jones - Did not compete in the dual at Utah... In first action of season at Texas Woman's quad, finished fifth in the all-around with a career-high 38.525, including tying career-best on vault with a 9.825 (5th), as well as notching 9.800 on floor (T8th), 9.700 on bars (T13th) and 9.200 on beam (17th)... In the tri-meet with Boise State and Southern Utah, made mark in school record books with a 9.875 on vault (T2nd), the fourth-highest score in school history, as part of tallying a 38.125 in the all-around (4th), recording 9.750 on floor (T9th), 9.650 on beam (12th) and 8.850 on bars (18th)... Notched a 37.400 in the all-around (4th), posting 9.850 on floor (T2nd), 9.800 on vault (T3rd), 9.100 on beam (12th) and 8.650 on bars (12th)... Shared bars title in San Jose State dual with a career-best 9.875, while also posting 9.775's on both vault (2nd) and floor (7th), along with 9.625 on beam (9th) for career-best 39.050 all-around (3rd)... In the dual vs. Sacramento State, was second on both bars (9.800) and vault (9.750) while tying for fourth on floor (9.800)... Was third in the all-around at the BYU tri-meet with a 38.750, posting 9.725 on vault (T11th), 9.675 on bars (T7th), 9.600 on beam (T10th) and 9.750 on floor (T7th)... Tied for second in the all-around with a 38.900 at the Boise State dual, tying for third on bars (9.825), tying for fifth on vault (9.750), while also placing tied for sixth floor (9.800) and seventh on beam (9.525)... Had a career-night in the dual vs. BYU, winning the all-around with a career-best 39.200, as well as winning the vault and bars with 9.850's on both and posting career-high 9.700 on beam (9th) and a 9.800 on floor (T3rd)... Collected three wins in the dual at Southern Utah for six on the week, winning the all-around (38.975) along with a floor (9.850) and shared the vault title with teammate Sarah Landes (9.825), along with posting 9.675 on bars (T9th) and 9.625 on beam (6th)... Was team's top finisher at the Arizona quad, tying for second on bars with a 9.850, as well as registering a new career-best with a 9.775 on beam (T8th), along with a 9.725 on vault (10th) and a 9.150 on floor (22nd), finishing fourth in all-around with a 38.500... Finished eighth in the all-around in the WAC Championships with a 38.650, posting a 9.825 on floor (T9th), 9.800 on bars (T9th), 9.550 on vault (T23rd) and 9.475 on beam (28th)... Was 20th in the all-around at the NCAA Regional Championships with a 35.400, posting a 9.450 on floor (38th), a 9.200 on vault (41st), an 8.700 on bars (42nd) and an 8.050 on beam (42nd).

LAST SEASON: Made collegiate debut doing the all-around in the Southern Utah dual, posting a 37.150 (5th), logging 9.700 on vault (T-5th), 9.675 on bars (5th), 9.225 on floor (11th) and 8.550 on beam (12th)... Improved all-around score with a 37.675 in the Arizona/BYU tri-meet, logging a 9.750 on floor (2nd), 9.725 on vault (T7th), 9.700 on bars (T8th) and an 8.500 on beam (18th)... Continued improvement in the all-around at the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a career-best 38.450, while finishing second on vault with 9.725, tied for third on floor with a 9.825, while also logging season-best 9.225 on beam (13th) and adding a 9.675 on bars (T6th)... Won the vault with a career-best 9.825 at the Sacramento State dual, along with tying for third on both floor (9.750) and bars (9.525)... Posted a career-high with a 9.850 on floor (T2nd) in the dual vs. Boise State, while also logging a 9.725 on bars (T6th) and notching a 9.750 on vault (T7th)... Posted a 9.725 on vault (T15th) at the WAC Championships, as well as a 9.050 on floor (T34th)... At the NCAA North Central Regionals, logged a 9.550 on vault (40th) and a 9.425 on floor (39th)... Earned academic all-WAC honors and was also a USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

Sarah Landes - Had smashing collegiate debut, notching a 38.825 in the all-around to finish third and also tied for fourth on the bars with a 9.825 and was the lone Aggie in the top five of any of the four events, also posting a 9.700 on beam (7th), a 9.675 on vault (7th) and 9.625 on floor (8th)... At the Texas Woman's quad meet, improved on her all-around score with a 38.925 to finish second, as well as bettering her vault score with a 9.725 (T9th), and improving with 9.750's on both beam (T7th) and floor (T10th), while posting a 9.700 on bars (T13th)... Named the Gymnast of the Meet in the Boise State and Southern Utah tri-meet, setting personal bests on beam, floor and her all-around competition with a winning score of 39.225, making her mark in the USU record books in the process as her winning beam score of 9.875 is tied for the fifth-best score in school history, while her 39.225 all-around score was just outside of USU's top 20 individual all-around performances... Also scored career-highs of 9.825 on floor (3rd), 9.725 on vault (12th) while also posting 9.800 on bars (3rd), just .025 off top score... Registered a 39.000 in the all-around to finish as USU's top all-arounder and third overall in the dual vs. Arizona State, posting a 9.825 on floor (T3rd), as well as 9.725's on vault (T5th), bars (T7th) and beam (T5th)... Improved on career-high all-around score with 39.350 (2nd) in the San Jose State dual one of her five career-marks on the night, also sharing both bars and beam titles, both with 9.875's along with career-bests of 9.850 on floor (T2nd) and 9.750 on vault (T3rd)... Won the all-around and the floor titles in the dual vs. Sacramento State, posting 39.050 and 9.850, respectively, while also scoring 9.775 on beam (2nd), 9.725 on bars (7th) and 9.700 on vault (T4th)... Tied career-best on vault with a 9.750 (9th), along with a 9.775 on floor (T5th), 9.200 on beam (T16th) and 8.300 on bars (17th) for a 37.025 all-around (6th) total at the BYU tri-meet... Placed fifth at the Boise State dual in the all-around with a 38.575, tying for third on floor (9.850), while also scoring 9.750 on bars (T8th), 9.650 on vault (7th) and 9.325 on beam (9th)... Posted a 39.075 to finish second in the all-around in the dual vs. BYU, notching 9.800 on both beam (4th) and floor (T3rd), along with tying career-best with a 9.750 on vault (4th) and 9.725 on bars (9th)... Shared the vault title at the Southern Utah dual with a career-best 9.825, as well as tallying 9.675 on bars (T9th), 9.600 on floor (11th) and 9.300 on beam (8th), for an all-around total of 38.400 (2nd)... At the Arizona quad, tied for eighth in the all-around with a 37.875, recording 9.825 on bars (T5th), 9.775 on vault (T5th), 9.250 on beam (T19th) and 9.125 on floor (23rd)... In the WAC Championships meet, earned a pair of all-WAC honors, collecting first-team honors by tying for second on floor with a season-best 9.875, the highest score on floor for the Aggies this season, and also earned second-team all-conference accolades in the all-around, finishing sixth with a 39.125, as well as a 9.775 on bars (T12th), 9.750 on vault (T12th) and 9.725 on beam (T16th)... At the NCAA Regional Championships meet, was looking like she might have a chance to go to nationals as one of the top two all-arounders not on a qualifying team, before having a wobble and fall on beam in her final event, finishing 12th in the all-around with a 38.325, posting 9.775's on both floor (T22nd) and vault (T19th), along with 9.700 on bars (T16th) and 9.075 on beam (T40th).

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for Dynamo Gymnastics under Dennis and Shannon Harrison... At the 2011 Junior Olympic Nationals, she placed 10th on floor, 15th on vault, 12th on beam and 12th in all-around... Received the Shannon Miller Award in 2009... Graduated first in her class at Deer Creek High School.

Brittney Mackins - Did not compete this season due to an injury.

LAST SEASON: In collegiate debut in the Southern Utah dual, competed on floor in an exhibition performance, posting a 9.450... Did not compete in the Arizona/BYU tri-meet, the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire, nor the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State... Recorded a 9.200 in a floor exhibition performance at Southern Utah dual... Did not see any action at the Sacramento State dual, nor in the home dual vs. Boise State... Competed officially for the first time in the Utah dual, posting a 9.425 (11th) on floor... Notched a 9.475 on floor (T11th) at the Boise State dual... Scored an 8.950 in a floor exhibition performance in the home finale vs. Cal State Fullerton... Did not compete in tri-meet at Southern Utah w/Iowa, nor at the WAC Championships... An academic all-WAC honoree as well as a recipient of the USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award.

Kristen Meyers - Did not compete this season due to an injury.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for Edge-Riverside Gymnastics under Laura Habel and John Laudie... Competed in the Women's Junior Olympic Championships Level 10... In 2011, competed in Region levels 8, 9 and 10 with a 35.590... Graduated second in her class at Smithville High School.

Susie Miller - In collegiate debut at Utah dual, scored a 9.650 on floor (7th), a 9.500 on beam (10th) and a 9.475 on vault (T9th)... Scored a 9.750 on floor (T10th), a 9.575 on vault (T17th) and an 8.825 on beam (23rd) in the quad meet at Texas Woman's... Improved on vault and beam scores in the tri-meet with Boise State and Southern Utah, posting 9.600 on vault (15th) and 9.575 on beam (13th) while also notching a 9.650 on floor (15th)... In the Arizona State dual, posted career-high 9.775 on floor (7th), while also notching 9.475 on vault (9th) and 9.225 on beam (11th)... Notched career-best 9.850 on floor (T2nd) in the dual vs. San Jose State, also recording 9.575 on vault (9th) and an 8.975 on beam (12th)... In the Sacramento State dual, registered 9.575 on vault (T9th), 9.175 on beam (10th) and 9.100 on floor (12th)... Earned first win of USU career by sharing floor title at the BYU tri-meet with a 9.825, as well as hitting career-high 9.725 on vault (T11th)... Tied for third on floor at the Boise State dual with a 9.850, as well as scoring an 8.925 on vault (12th) and posting a 9.500 in a beam exhibition performance... Posted a 9.675 on floor (T10th) and a 9.475 on vault (10th) in the dual vs. BYU, in addition to posting a 9.750 in a beam exhibition performance, her highest score in the event this season... At the Southern Utah dual, notched a 9.775 on floor (6th) and a 9.625 on vault (11th), as well as a 9.500 in a beam exhibition performance... Recorded a 9.725 on floor (13th) and a 9.525 on vault (19th) at the Arizona quad, adding an 8.800 in a beam exhibition performance... Did not see any action in the WAC Championships meet.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Competed at Technique Gymnastics under Lisa Poarch... Was a part of the 2011 Level 10 team that took third place at the NorCal State Championship meet... Was a 2010 National Invitational Tournament qualifier... Qualified for the 2008 Western meet... Was named Gymnast of the Year for her club in both 2009 and 2011.

Amelia Montoya - Was fifth in the all-around at the Utah dual with a 38.000, posting a career-high 9.700 on bars (10th), while also notching a 9.725 on floor (6th), a 9.475 on vault (T9th) and a 9.100 on beam (12th)... Posted a 38.300 in the all-around (6th) at the Texas Woman's quad, scoring a 9.800 on bars (T5th), a 9.750 on vault (8th), a 9.725 on floor (13th) and a 9.025 on beam (T19th)... Improved career-best score on vault while tying top score of career on bars in the Boise State/Southern Utah tri-meet, notching 9.800's on both vault (T4th) and bars (T3rd), while also scoring 9.100's on both beam (18th) and floor (16th) on the way to an all-around total of 37.800 (5th)... Recorded a 9.800 on vault (T3rd) in the Arizona State dual, as well as tallying 9.775 on bars (T3rd) and 9.100 on floor (11th) while registering a 9.200 on beam in an exhibition performance... Notched career-high 9.875 on bars to share title in San Jose State dual, also posting 9.550 on vault (T10th)... In the dual vs. Sacramento State, registered career-high 9.825 on floor (3rd), as well as 9.775 on bars (T4th) along with scoring a 9.750 on beam in an exhibition performance, which would also be a new career-best... Scored a 9.800 on bars (T2nd) at the BYU tri-meet, along with a 9.575 on floor (16th) and a 9.700 in a beam exhibition performance... At the Boise State dual, recorded a 9.775 on bars (7th), a 9.750 on floor (8th) and a 9.175 on beam (10th)... Posted a 9.700 on floor (T8th) and a 9.250 on bars (11th) in the BYU dual... In the dual at Southern Utah, registered a 9.800 on floor (T2nd), as well as a 9.750 on bars (T3rd)... Notched a 9.825 on bars (T5th), a 9.775 on floor (T10th) and a 9.425 on vault (22nd) in the quad at Arizona... In the WAC Championships meet, registered 9.800 on floor (T16th), a 9.725 on bars (20th) and an 8.300 on vault (30th).

LAST SEASON: Did not compete in the Southern Utah dual... Tied a career-high with a 9.725 on floor (T3rd) in the Arizona/BYU tri-meet... At the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire, logged a 9.725 on floor (9th), tying career-high for second-straight meet, while also posting 9.325 on vault (12th) and 9.050 on bars (12th)... At the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, scored 9.625 and placed 20th on both bars and floor... Posted an 8.950 on floor (12th) at the Southern Utah dual, as well as an 8.950 in a bars exhibition performance... Recorded a 9.075 on floor (12th) and an 8.975 on bars (12th) at the Sacramento State dual... Did not compete in the home duals vs. Boise State and Utah, as well as the road dual at Boise State due to injury suffered at Sacramento State... Returned to action with a bang, logging a career-high 9.750 on floor (T4th) in the Cal State Fullerton dual... Scored a 9.625 on floor (17th) at the Southern Utah tri-meet with Iowa... Registered a 9.600 on floor (T26th) at the WAC Championships.

Christina Nye - Logged a new career-high on bars with a 9.725 (9th), while also registering a 9.500 on floor (9th)... Did not compete at the Texas Woman's quad... In the Boise State/Southern Utah tri-meet, posting a 9.700 on floor in an exhibition performance... Registered a 9.050 on floor (12th) as well as a 9.525 bars exhibition performance in the Arizona State dual... Hung a 9.650 on the board in a floor exhibition performance in the home dual vs. San Jose State... Posted highest score of career with a 9.750 on bars in an exhibition performance as well as a 9.325 in a floor exhibition performance in the dual vs. Sacramento State... Tallied a 9.275 in a bars exhibition performance at the BYU tri-meet... In the dual at Boise State, notched a 9.600 on bars in an exhibition performance... Performed a pair of exhibition performances in the BYU dual, registering a 9.225 on bars and an 8.925 on floor... Posted a pair of exhibition performances at the Southern Utah dual, recording a 9.650 on floor and a 9.625 on bars... At the Arizona quad, scored a 9.275 on bars (23rd) as well as a 9.350 in an exhibition floor performance... Earned second-team all-WAC honors after recording a career-high 9.850 on floor (T6th) in the WAC Championships meet, adding a 9.625 on bars (T25th).

LAST SEASON: Made collegiate debut in the Southern Utah dual, leading off USU's lineup on floor with a 9.400 (10th)... Did not compete in the BYU/Arizona tri-meet... Posted a new career-best with a 9.700 on floor (T10th) at the San Jose State tri-meet with Wisconsin-Eau Claire... At the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, recorded a 9.600 on floor (21st)... Recorded a 9.675 on floor (10th) at the Southern Utah dual... Tied for eighth on floor (9.550) at the Sacramento State dual... In the home dual vs. Boise State, scored a 9.550 on floor (11th)... Did not compete in the dual vs. Utah, the dual at Boise State nor the Cal State Fullerton dual with a minor injury... Returned to action at the Southern Utah tri-meet with Iowa, logging a 9.550 in a floor exhibition performance... Earned academic all-WAC accolades as well as USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recognition.

Jenna Saxton - Made collegiate debut at Utah dual, scoring an 8.550 on bars (12th) and an 8.200 on floor (12th)... Did not see any action at the Texas Woman's quad meet nor in the tri-meet with Boise State and Southern Utah, or the Arizona State dual... Registered top score of her career on bars as an exhibition performer in the San Jose State dual with a 9.700... After no action in the previous five meets, notched a 9.425 in a bars exhibition performance at the Arizona quad... Did not see any action in the WAC Championships meet.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL -- Competed for Kristie Phillips at the Kristie Phillips Athletic Center... Competed at the Level 9 Easterns meet... Was a Level 10 regional qualifier in 2009.

Rachel Vaske - Did not compete this season due to an injury.

LAST SEASON: In first collegiate meet at the Southern Utah dual, notched a 9.725 on floor (T-5th), 9.625 on bars (T-7th) and 9.600 on vault (9th)... Competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career at the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, logging a 37.700 (6th), posting a 9.575 on bars (22nd), 9.550's on both vault (T18th) and floor (24th), as well as a 9.025 on beam (23rd)... Recorded a season-high 9.650 on bars (12th) in the Boise State dual, while also logging 9.675 on floor (10th) and 9.650 on vault (10th), as well as posting a 9.500 in a beam exhibition performance... Notched career-high 38.600 in the all-around (5th) in the Utah dual, posting a 9.700 on both beam (8th) and floor (7th), as well as 9.600's on both vault (9th) and bars (11th)... In the home finale vs. Cal State Fullerton, posted two career-highs in the all-around with a 38.625 (5th) and on bars with a 9.825 (T2nd), along with scoring 9.675 on beam (T5th), 9.625 on floor (8th) and a 9.500 on vault (7th)... Was ninth in the all-around at the WAC Championships with a 38.250, recording a 9.625 on bars (22nd), a 9.575 on both vault (T28th) and floor (T28th), as well as a 9.475 on beam (28th)... Notched a 38.025 at the NCAA North Central Regionals, placing 12th after scoring a 9.650 on bars (T34th), a 9.550 on both beam (31st) and floor (37th), and a 9.275 on vault (42nd)... A USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

Samantha Wagner - Notched an 8.650 in an exhibition bars performance at Utah in first collegiate action... Did not compete at the Texas Woman's quad... Registered a 9.450 on bars in an exhibition performance in the Boise State/Southern Utah tri-meet... Did not perform in the Arizona State dual... Notched the top score of her career on beam as an exhibition performer in the San Jose State dual with a 9.750... In first official beam performance, scored a 9.600 (8th) in the Sacramento State dual... Improved on highest official score with a 9.675 on beam (8th) at the BYU tri-meet... For third-straight meet, boosted top official score with a 9.725 on beam (T4th) at the Boise State dual... Posted a 9.225 on beam (11th) in the BYU dual... Tied top official score with a 9.725 on beam (T3rd) in the dual at Southern Utah... Registered career-high 9.800 on beam (T5th) in the quad at Arizona... Logged a 9.725 on beam (T16th) in the WAC Championships meet.

LAST SEASON: Redshirted with an injury... A recipient of the USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award.

Amanda Watamaniuk - Posted new career-high on bars with a 9.775 (8th) at the Utah dual, and also scored a 9.475 on vault (T9th) and a 9.450 on floor (10th)... Notched a career-best 9.675 on vault (16th) at the Texas Woman's quad, as well as scoring a 9.600 on floor (19th) and a 9.150 on bars (22nd)... In the Boise State/Southern Utah tri-meet, registered a 9.750 on bars (6th), a 9.575 on vault (16th) and a 9.050 on floor (17th)... Recorded a 9.675 on bars (T8th) and an 8.750 on vault (12th) in the Arizona State dual... Notched pair of career-highs in the home dual vs. San Jose State with a 9.825 on bars (7th) and a 9.800 on floor (T5th), while also scoring a 9.600 on vault (8th)... Registered a 9.775 on bars (T4th), 9.725 on floor (T7th) and 9.050 on vault (12th) in the Sacramento State dual... Notched career-high 9.750 on vault (T9th) at the BYU tri-meet, as well as a 9.600 on floor (15th) and a 9.500 on bars (14th)... At the Boise State dual, recorded 9.675 on bars (12th), 9.625 on floor (11th) and 9.450 on vault (11th)... Notched a 9.775 on bars (5th), a 9.700 on floor (T8th) and a 9.525 on vault (9th) in the dual vs. BYU. In the dual at Southern Utah, recorded a 9.700 on floor (10th), 9.650 on vault (T9th) and an 8.850 on bars (12th)... Missed the quad at Arizona and the WAC Championships due to injury.

LAST SEASON: Performed on bars in an exhibition performance in the Southern Utah dual, posting a 9.600... Notched a 9.600 (T14th) on bars in the BYU/Arizona tri-meet... Did not compete in the San Jose State/Wisconsin-Eau Claire tri-meet... Did an exhibition performance on bars at the BYU quad meet with Southern Utah and Iowa State, logging a 9.600... Recorded a 9.475 on bars (7th) at the Southern Utah dual... Posted a 9.275 on bars in an exhibition performance at the Sacramento State dual... Did not compete in the home dual vs. Boise State... Posted a 9.025 (12th) on bars in the dual vs. Utah... Recorded a 9.650 on bars (9th) at the Boise State dual... Scored a 9.700 on bars in an exhibition performance in the home finale dual vs. Cal State Fullerton... At the Southern Utah tri-meet with Iowa, posted a 9.625 in a bars exhibition performance... Scored a 9.650 (T20th) on bars at the WAC Championships... An academic all-WAC selection and a USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

2012-13 USU GYMNASTICS SIGNING CLASS
Joanna Cuba - Georgetown, Texas
	(Georgetown High School / Acrotex Gymnastics)
McKenzey Martinez - Kimberly, Idaho
	(Kimberly High School / Magic Valley Gymnastics)
Hayley Sanzotti - Wheaton, Ill.
	(Wheaton North High School / Illinois Gymnastics Institute)
Michelle Yasukochi - Carlsbad, Calif.
	(Carlsbad High School / Seawind Gymnastics)
UTAH STATE GYMNASTICS SIGNS TRIO - In December, Utah State gymnastics head coach Jeff Richards announced the signings of three gymnasts who intend to compete as Aggies in the 2012-13 school year.

McKenzey Martinez from Kimberly, Idaho, Michelle Yasukochi from Carlsbad, Calif., and Hayley Sanzotti from Wheaton, Ill. have all signed letters of intent with USU and will be in Logan in the fall of 2012.

"We are excited about the signing of our 2012 class, our goal was to recruit vaulters and beam workers," Richards said. "This is the first time we will be this strong on vault. Beam has been a weak area in the past for us but the addition of these three with our 2011 class will give us more strength and depth for the future."

Martinez competes for Magic Valley Gymnastics under Jen Clinton in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is a five-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier. In the 2011 Junior Olympics, she placed 10th on the uneven bars and 14th in all-around competition. She earned her trip to Nationals after winning the all-around title at the 2011 Idaho State Meet, to advance to 2011 Regional Meet, where she placed second in all-around. She attends Kimberly High School and is the daughter of Robert and Toni Martinez.

Yasukochi competes for Ellie Gerber and Quin Shannon at Seawind Gymnastics in Carlsbad, Calif. In 2011, she was named Regional Qualifier after competing at the California State Meet. At the Classic Rock Invite, she took home the title in the balance beam competition. At the 2011 Monarchs Malibu Coast Challenge she took second-place on both vault and floor exercises. The daughter of Kerry and Sally Yasukochi, she is a senior at Carlsbad High School.

Sanzotti is a gymnast at the Illinois Gymnastics Institute under Todd Gardiner and Amy Blackburn. At the 2011 Level 10 Regional Competition, she placed in all four events as well as in all-around competition. She took fourth on vault, fifth on beam, sixth on bars, eighth on floor exercise and fifth in the all-around. She was a 2011 Junior Olympic National Qualifier where she placed 37th in the all-around competition. The daughter of Bryan and Pamela Sanzotti, she attends Wheaton North High School.

Adding these three gymnasts to the current Aggie roster will help Richards and the team reach their goals of bettering their vault and beam scores. All three of the girls have won beam titles and have 10.0 start values on the vault.

"These three added to our current freshmen this season with Kaitlyn Betts (Canton, Mich.) and Sarah Landes (Edmond, Okla.) give us five 10.0 vaulters. All have been Regional Qualifiers. All three are academically very sound," Richards said. "These three will bring high-level skills and experience as well as being well rounded individuals."

USU GYMNASTICS SIGNS JOANNA CUBA - Utah State gymnastics head coach Jeff Richards announced in May that Joanna Cuba has signed with USU to compete for the Aggies in the 2012-13 school year.

Cuba, a native of Georgetown, Texas, has signed a letter of intent with USU and will be in Logan in the fall of 2012.

"We're excited to add Joanna to our 2012 signing class," Richards said. "She is solid in all four events and will provide significant help in replacing our departed seniors Rebecca Holliday and Haley Hogan in the lineup. Along with our previous three signings, we will have a lot of depth and talent in all four events."

Competing for Acrotex Gymnastics in Georgetown under coach Daire O'Ceallag, Cuba earned fourth on bars and was ninth in the all-around at the 2012 Level 10 Regionals. At the 2012 Rose City Classic meet, Cuba was second in the all-around as well as second on vault, bars and floor. She earned four first-place finishes, including one with a 9.700 on beam. At the Level 9 Western Championships, Cuba was fifth in the all-around, including fourth on bars, after winning bars and placing second on floor and in the all-around at the Level 9 Regionals. The daughter of Mark Cuba, she is a senior at Georgetown High School.

Cuba joins three other gymnasts who signed with the Aggies in December, joining McKenzey Martinez from Kimberly, Idaho, Michelle Yasukochi from Carlsbad, Calif., and Hayley Sanzotti from Wheaton, Ill.

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