LOGAN, Utah Utah State gymnast Nicole Simoneau has been named as the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Co-Specialist of the Week for the week of Jan. 3-9, announced Monday by the conference office. Simoneau, a native of Manchester, N.H. (Central HS/Gymnastics Village Club) returned to action in Friday’s season and home-opener dual meet against Southern Utah after redshirting last season. The junior picked up right where she left off, winning the bars title with a 9.825, her 26th career score of at least 9.800 in 30 meets. Simoneau also was fourth on the beam with a 9.700. This is Simoneau’s first career WAC award and is the first for a USU gymnast in three seasons, since Jasmine Minion was the WAC Specialist of the Week on March 17, 2008. The 9.825 by Simoneau ranks her first in the WAC, tied for third in the North Central Region and tied for 23rd in the NCAA. Simoneau shares the WAC Specialist of the Week honor with Southern Utah’s Ari Lamb, who won the beam title on Friday night with a 9.825. SUU’s Brooke Cersosimo was the WAC Gymnast of the Week after she won the all-around title with a 38.875. Utah State gymnastics will stay at home for their second meet of the season, hosting a tri-meet including BYU and No. 20 Arizona. It will mark the first time that USU has hosted a tri-meet since Feb. 14, 2008, when USU hosted BYU and New Hampshire. This also marks the first time since 1999 that USU has opened a season with back-to-back home meets. For USU gymnastics ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, by phone by calling 1-888-STATE-1 or (435) 797-0305, or online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the “buy/renew tickets” under the “tickets” drop down menu. Fans can follow the Aggie gymnastics program at twitter.com/USUGymnastics, or on facebook at UtahStategymnastics Aggies. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics. -USU-
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