Aggie Gymnastics Posts Several Career Highs In Notching 192.325 To Finish Third In Texas Woman’s Quad Saturday

DENTON, Texas – A night of career-highs helped the Utah State gymnastics team come away from a quad-meet hosted by Texas Woman’s University in a close-call third place finish Saturday night. No. 10 University of Oklahoma came away as the winners of the meet with a final score of 197.450. Host TWU finished in second place with 192.425, just a tenth of a point ahead of the Aggies’ 192.325. Centenary College finished in fourth-place with 191.400.Taking second in all-around competition, freshman Sarah Landes set a new career-high in all but one event, and bested her previous all-around score, for a total of 38.925. Junior Amelia Montoya beat her career-high on the uneven parallel bars, notching a score of 9.800, to finish tied for fifth as the highest scoring Aggie in the event. She also set a new high on the vault with a 9.750, to earn a final of 38.300 in the all-around competition. Sophomore Paige Jones set a new career-high in her all-around with 38.525, boosted by placed fifth on vault with a team-leading 9.825. Jones was fifth in the all-around while Montoya was sixth. Junior Amanda Watamaniuk also earned a personal best on the vault, landing a 9.675. Landes was the highest-placing USU gymnast on beam, tying for seventh with a 9.750 while Jones was the top Aggie on floor, tying for eighth with a 9.800Freshman Ashley Follett, who grew up nearby in Flower Mound, Texas and moved to Utah right before her senior year of high school, got the meet started for the Aggies opening with a 9.600 on the beam. She was followed by Jones who notched a 9.200 in her first meet of the season. Freshman Susie Miller was next, who with a fall, earned a 8.825. Montoya was next with a 9.025 while senior Haley Hogan followed with an 8.900. Landes wrapped up the event with a 9.750, just beating her score from last week’s meet at Utah.After the first rotation, the Aggies were in fourth with a total of 46.475. OU led with 49.375 on bars, followed by Centenary at 48.525 on floor and TWU with 48.350 on vault.Moving to floor for the second rotation, Miller landed a 9.75 and Watamaniuk finished with a score of 9.600. Landes was next, landing a 9.750, again beating her score from last week for a new career-high. Montoya followed with a 9.725. Jones was next with a 9.800 while Follett concluded the event with an 8.450. The Aggies finished floor exercises with a total of 48.625, for a running score of 95.100.After the second rotation, Oklahoma maintained their lead with 98.625. Texas Woman’s was at 96.900 while Centenary was at 96.575.On vault for the third rotation, freshman Breyanna Aufiero kicked it off with an 8.625. She was followed by Watamaniuk and her career-high score of 9.675. Miller went next, stopping herself from falling and notching a 9.575. Montoya nailed her landing, earning a 9.750, also breaking her personal record. On a roll, Landes was next, again beating her career-high with a 9.725. Jones rounded out the event with a 9.825, tying her career-high. Every score counted in the USU vault total was either a new or tied career-high.The Aggies ended the third rotation with a total of 48.550, with an overall score of 143.650. With one event remaining, OU was at 148.075, Texas Woman’s at 144.350 and Centenary at 143.800.To conclude the quad meet, the Aggies moved to the uneven bars, with senior Rebecca Holliday up first. She earned a 9.750, followed by a new career-high of 9.800 from Montoya. Watamaniuk was up next with a 9.150, preceding scores of 9.700 from both Landes and Jones. Freshman Kaitlyn Betts wrapped up the rotation as well as the meet with a score of 9.725, a new high score for her after competing at Utah last week.After two straight weeks on the road, the Aggies are heading back to Logan for a four-meet home stand. The team will return to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday, Jan. 27 where they will host Western Athletic Conference rivals Southern Utah and former WAC foe Boise State in a tri-meet that starts at 7 p.m. (MT).For USU gymnastics ticket information, contact 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 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 Utah State Gymnastics. 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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