LOGAN, Utah – Shattering the previous season-best score with a 195.525, Utah State gymnastics topped San José State in dual-meet action Friday, six years to the day of the last win over the Spartans.
The Aggies’ strong performance made the numerous former gymnasts in town for Alumni Night proud.
Friday’s score set USU’s season high for the second-straight week, topping the 195.000 mark for the second time in as many meets. It is also the Aggies’ highest score since Feb. 23, 2007, when USU posted a 195.675 against Southern Utah. It is the 23rd highest score in program history, just missing the 195.550 mark that has been reached three times.
Utah State notched a 48.875 on vault, 48.675 on bars, a season-best 48.800 on beam and a 49.175 on floor, contributing to the 195.525 total. San José State finished with a 48.575 on vault, 48.675 on bars, 48.875 on beam and 48.975 on floor for a total of 195.100.
“It was definitely a good night. I’m happy that we held it together. It was great to see the girls become really fierce competitors,” said USU head coach Nadalie Walsh. “They’re starting to realize that they can really go after it. They don’t have to hold back because there’s nothing to be afraid of.”
Junior Sarah Landes represented the Aggies among the four all-around competitors, claiming her second-consecutive win with a 39.175. SJSU’s Cassandra Harrison finished second with a 39.050, Bekah Gher placed third with a 39.025 and Cami Guyer took fourth-place with a 37.700.
The Aggies dominated the leaderboards Friday night, claiming all of the available event titles. Sophomore Miranda Kerr was the vault winner, sticking a 9.825. Senior Paige Jones, freshman Bailey McIntire and Landes shared the third-place spot with a 9.775. USU swept the podium on bars with Jones claiming the title with a season-best 9.875. Sophomore JoAnna Cuba and freshman Charly Belliston placed second and third, each setting career-highs, with a 9.850 and 9.825, respectively.
In just her second official performance of the season, sophomore Michelle Yasukochi took the beam title with a 9.825. McIntire took home her third-straight and sixth overall floor win with a 9.875. Jones tied for second on floor with a 9.850, matching her career-high.
Utah State started the night with a strong vault performance, with sophomore Jillian Chappel opening with a 9.725, followed by McIntire and her 9.775. Freshman Katie Brown scored a 9.600, while Landes hit a 9.775. Jones then landed a 9.775 of her own, while Kerr finished with an event-best 9.825.
Utah State had a slight edge after the first rotation, notching a 48.875 as a team. San José State opened with a 48.675 on bars.
The Aggies had a tough start to bars, with two consecutive falls. For the remainder of the rotation, each gymnast nailed her routine to get the team back on track. Cuba notched a career-best 9.850, followed by Landes with a 9.800. Jones landed a season-best 9.875, while Belliston set a new career-high with a 9.825.
USU maintained its lead at the mid-point of the meet after notching a 48.675 on bars, while the Spartans earned a team vault score of 48.575.
Moving to beam, Brown led-off with a 9.750. Miller was awarded a 9.725 after a coaches’ inquiry went in the Aggies’ favor. Landes landed a 9.775, followed by sophomore Stefanie Daley who notched a 9.725. Yasukochi finished the rotation with a 9.825 to match her career-best.
USU ended beam with a season-best team score of 48.800, while the Spartans notched a 48.975 on floor.
With one rotation to go, Miller opened floor with a season-best 9.800. Landes secured a 9.825, followed by sophomore Destiny Ezell, who matched her career-best with a 9.775. Jones matched her season and career-high scores with a 9.850, while McIntire notched her event-winning 9.875. Kerr wrapped up the event and the meet with a 9.825.
With a floor performance to match the season-best score at 49.175, the Aggies secured the win to improve to 8-7 on the season.
Utah State will conclude its home season next week by welcoming in-state rival Southern Utah to the Spectrum. The Aggies will honor their two seniors, Paige Jones and Christina Nye, during the March 14 meet.
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Utah State vs. San Jose State
Logan, Utah – Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
March 7, 2014
Team Results: 1. Utah State University (USU): 195.525 (Vault: 48.875, Bars: 48.675, Beam: 48.800, Floor: 49.175). 2. San Jose State (SJSU): 195.100 (Vault: 48.575, Bars: 48.675, Beam: 48.875, Floor: 48.975).
All-Around: 1. Sarah Landes – USU, 39.175 (Vault: 9.775, Bars: 9.800, Beam: 9.775, Floor: 9.825); 2. Cassandra Harrison – SJSU, 39.050 (Vault: 9.725, Bars: 9.725, Beam: 9.775, Floor: 9.825); 3. Bekah Gher – SJSU, 39.025 (Vault: 9.800, Bars: 9.725, Beam: 9.800, Floor: 9.700); 4. Cami Guyer – SJSU, 37.700 (Vault: 9.700, Bars: 8.400, Beam: 9.800, Floor: 9.800).
Vault: 1. Miranda Kerr – USU, 9.825; 2. Bekah Gher – SJSU, 9.800; T3. Bailey McIntire – USU, 9.775; T3. Sarah Landes – USU, 9.775; T3. Paige Jones – USU, 9.775; T6. Jillian Chappel – USU, 9.725; 12. Katie Brown – USU; 9.600.
Bars: 1. Paige Jones – USU, 9.875; 2. JoAnna Cuba – USU, 9.850; 3. Charly Belliston – USU, 9.825; 4. Sarah Landes – USU, 9.800; 5. Marissa Unpingco – SJSU, 9.775; 10. Bailey McIntire – USU, 9.325; 11. Kaitlyn Betts – USU, 9.275.
Beam: 1. Michelle Yasukochi – USU, 9.825; T2. Cami Guyer – SJSU, 9.800; T2. Bekah Gher – SJSU, 9.800; T2. Julia Greer – SJSU, 9.800; T5. Sarah Landes – USU, 9.775; T5. Cassandra Harrison – SJSU, 9.775; 7. Katie Brown – USU, 9.750; T8. Susie Miller – USU, 9.725; T8. Stefanie Daley – USU, 9.725; 12. Charly Belliston – USU, 9.125.
Floor: 1. Bailey McIntire – USU, 9.875; T2. Paige Jones – USU, 9.850; T2. Julia Greer – SJSU, 9.850; T4. Sarah Landes – USU, 9.825; T4. Miranda Kerr – USU, 9.825; T4. Cassandra Harrison – SJSU, 9.825; T7. Susie Miller – USU, 9.800 10. Destiny Ezell – USU, 9.775.