LOGAN, Utah – Utah State gymnastics sent its seniors Paige Jones and Christina Nye out on a high note Friday night, topping the No. 24 Southern Utah Thunderbirds 196.000-195.550.
A USU team has not scored more than 196.000 in a meet since 2004. That season, the Aggies hit that mark twice, both times being against the Thunderbirds. The 196.000 score ties for the seventh-best score in program history.
Utah State notched a 49.125 on vault, 48.925 on bars to match the season-best score, a season-high 48.875 on beam and a 49.075 on floor, contributing to the 196.000 total. Southern Utah finished with a 48.775 on vault, 48.950 on bars, 49.050 on beam and 48.775 on floor for a total of 195.550.
Junior Sarah Landes represented the Aggies in Friday’s all-around action, finishing third with a 38.700. Southern Utah’s Tyly Bozutto claimed the all-around title with a 39.075, while Memory Shettle finished second with a 38.975.
Jones ended her career at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on a high note. She claimed the vault title with a 9.875, placed second on bars with a 9.850 and tied for fourth-place on floor with a 9.800. Nye wrapped up her USU home career with exhibition performances on bars and floor, notching a 9.000 and a 9.350, respectively.
Along with Jones’ finishes, the Aggies were well-represented among the top finishers Friday night. Landes finished second on vault with a 9.850, while freshman Charly Belliston tied for third on both bars and beam with a 9.825 on each event. Landes, freshman Bailey McIntire and junior Susie Miller all shared the first-place spot on floor as they all notched a 9.850.
USU opened the meet on vault as sophomore Jillian Chappel led-off with a 9.800. McIntire nothced a 9.750, followed by freshman Katie Brown who landed a 9.800. Landes started off strong with a 9.850, while Jones hit a 9.875. Sophomore Miranda Kerr wrapped up the first event with a 9.800.
With an overall vault score of 49.125, the Aggies had an early lead. Southern Utah opened with a bars score of 48.950.
Moving to bars, freshman Makayla Betz opened with a 9.650. McIntire followed with a 9.800, while sophomore JoAnna Cuba notched the same score. Jones landed a 9.850, while Belliston concluded the rotation with a 9.825.
With a 48.925 on bars to match the team’s season-high, USU maintained its lead at the midpoint of the meet. After SUU notched a 48.775 on vault, the Aggies were up 98.050 to the Thunderbirds’ 97.725.
For the third-straight meet, USU earned a season-best score on beam, opened by Brown who hit a 9.725. Belliston landed a career-best 9.825, while Miller secured a career-high 9.800. Landes followed with a 9.800 of her own, while sophomore Stefanie Daley nothched a 9.725.
With one rotation remaining, Utah State still had the edge over Southern Utah, having notched a 48.875 on beam. SUU had a floor performance worthy of a 48.775, giving the Aggies a four-tenths edge.
On floor, Miller opened with a strong performance, earning a 9.850 to match her career-high. Landes was next, landing the same score. Sophomore Destiny Ezell notched a 9.725, while Jones earned a 9.800 and McIntire hit a 9.850.
The Aggies have a quick turnaround as they are set to compete in a tri-meet at UCLA on Sunday, March 16. USU will take on the No. 7 Bruins as well as Bowling Green State University. Action from Pauley Pavillion will begin at 3 p.m. (MT). Links to live stats and video will be available on the Utah State Athletics website just before the meet starts.
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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): 196.00 (Vault: 49.125, Bars: 48.925, Beam: 48.875, Floor: 49.075). 2. Southern Utah (SUU): 195.550 (Vault: 48.775, Bars: 48.950, Beam: 49.050, Floor: 48.775).
All-Around: 1. Tyly Bozzuto – SUU, 39.075 (Vault: 9.700, Bars: 9.800, Beam: 9.775, Floor: 9.800); 2. Memory Shettles – SUU, 38.975 (Vault: 9.825, Bars: 9.800, Beam: 9.750, Floor: 9.600); 3. Landes – USU, 38.700 (Vault: 9.850, Bars: 9.200, Beam: 9.800, Floor: 9.850).
Vault: 1. Paige Jones – USU, 9.875; 2. Sarah Landes – USU, 9.850; T3. Memory Shettles – SUU, 9.825; T3. Danielle Ramirez- SUU, 9.825; T5. Jillian Chappel – USU, 9.800; T5. Katie Brown – USU, 9.800; T5. Miranda Kerr – USU, 9.800; 8. Bailey McIntire- USU,9.750
Bars: 1. Alyssa Click – SUU, 9.875; 2. Paige Jones – USU, 9.850; T3. Charly Belliston – USU, 9.825; T3. Danielle Ramirez – SUU, 9.825; T5. Bailey McIntire – USU, 9.800; T5. JoAnna Cuba – USU, 9.800; 9. Makayla Betz – USU, 9.650; 11. Sarah Landes – USU, 9.200.
Beam: T1. Ana Jaworski – SUU, 9.850; T1. Alyssa Click- SUU, 9.850 ; T3. Charly Belliston – USU, 9.825; T3. Danielle Ramirez – SUU, 9.825; T5. Susie Miller – USU, 9.800; T5. Sarah Landes – USU, 9.800; T10. Katie Brown – USU, 9.725; T10. Stefanie Daley – USU, 9.725; 12. Michelle Yasukochi – USU, 9.050.
Floor: T1. Susie Miller – USU, 9.850; T1. Sarah Landes – USU, 9.850; T1. Bailey McIntire – USU, 9.850; T4. Paige Jones – USU, 9.8009. Destiny Ezell – USU, 9.725; 12. Miranda Kerr- USU, 9.150.