Gymnastics roundup: Southern Utah, Utah State gymnasts fall

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Published: Saturday, March 3 2012 1:00 a.m. MST

Freshman Susie Miller and Landes tied for third on floor with 9.850's, while redshirt-freshman Samantha Wagner was USU's top finisher on beam, tying for fifth with 9.675

Boise State swept the individual honors, as Brittany Potvin-Green won the all-around with a 39.375, as well as winning vault with a 9.900 and floor with a 9.925. Caitlin Mann captured the bars title with a 9.875 while Bekah Gher and Lindsay Kazandjian shared the beam crown with 9.800's each.

USU led off on bars, with junior Amanda Watamaniuk opening up with a 9.650, followed by fellow junior Amelia Montoya with a 9.775. Holliday then notched a 9.725. That preceded Landes landing a 9.750, then a 9.825 from Jones.. Freshman Kaitlyn Betts closed out the Aggies' bar rotation with a 9.750, giving USU a 48.825 total, its fourth-best score of the season on the event.

Boise State scored a 49.125 on vault, led by Brittany Potvin-Green with a 9..900, and had a slim lead after the first rotation

On vault for rotation two, Watamaniuk also started things off for the Aggies, posting a 9.450, followed by Holliday with a 9.550. Freshman Breyanna Aufiero notched a 9.525 before Miller recorded an 8.925. Landes then stuck a 9.650 before Jones registered a 9.750 to complete USU's vault lineup.

The Aggies totalled a 47.925 on vault for a 96.750 score at the halfway point, while the Broncos had a lead after scoring a 49.150 on bars, led by Caitlin Mann with a 9.875, for a 98.275 sub-total.

Shifting to floor for the third rotation, the USU lineup's first spot looked just like the other two events, led off by Watamaniuk, scoring a 9.625. After a 9.575 by Holliday, Miller posted a career-high tying 9.850, for her third score of 9.825 or higher in the last four meets including the last two. Montoya notched a 9.750 before Jones stuck a 9.800, her fourth score of 9.800 or higher, and all have come in every other meet. Landes completed the Aggies' floor rotation with a career-best tying 9.850, her third 9.850 score this season and fifth score of 9.800 or higher on the season.

The season-high 48.875 on floor gave the Aggies a 145.625 after three, while the Broncos maintained their lead with a 147.025 after posting 48.750 on beam, led by the 9.800's from Gher and Kazandjian.

On beam for the fourth and final rotation, freshman Ashley Follett opened the beam lineup with a 9.375. After a 9.675 by redshirt-freshman Samantha Wagner, Jones notched a 9.525. Holliday hung a 9.575 on the board before a 9.275 by Landes. Montoya rounded out the rotation and the Aggies' action with a 9.125, giving USU a 46.975 on beam.

USU had its 192.600 while BSU won with its 196.125 after tallying a 49.100, led by Potvin-Green's 9.925.

Utah State has a quick turnaround after Friday's dual, as the Aggies return home to host in-state foe BYU on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Monday will the USU's final home meet of the regular-season and will be Senior Night, honoring its two seniors, Haley Hogan and Rebecca Holliday.

Live results for Friday's dual are available by clicking on the "Live Results" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. *Note the link will only work after the meet starts. Fans can watch Friday's meet live online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the meet.

Utah State is the host institution for the 2012 WAC Championships on Saturday, March 24. It will be the first time since 2006, USU's first year in the conference, that the Aggies will host the WAC Championships. Overall, it will be the seventh time that Utah State has hosted its conference meet. USU previously hosted the WAC Championships in 2006, the Western Gymnastics Conference Championships in 2002, the Big West Conference Championships in 1992, 1996 and 2000, as well as the High Country Athletic Conference Championships in 1988.

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