PROVO — Despite having two individuals tie for event titles, Utah State gymnastics finished third at the BYU tri-meet with Southern Utah Saturday afternoon at BYU’s Smith Fieldhouse, scoring a 193.625 in its first road meet in over a month. Senior Rebecca Holliday tied for the beam win with a career-high tying 9.850 while freshman Susie Miller shared the floor crown with a 9.825, just .025 shy of her career-best.
After having four-straight home meets, Saturday was the Aggies’ first road meet since Jan. 21 when USU was in a quad meet hosted by Texas Woman’s at Denton, Texas.
Utah State’s 193.625 Saturday came from posting a season-high 48.700 on vault, as well as a 48.750 on floor, which is the Aggies’ second-highest score on the event. USU registered its third-best mark on beam with a 48.025 and also scored a 48.275 on bars.
BYU won the meet with a 194.100, scoring a 49.175 on vault, 48.075 on bars, 48.025 on beam and a 48.825 on floor. SUU was second with a 193.925, posting 48.500 on vault, 48.525 on bars, 48.425 on beam and a 48.475 on floor.
Holliday was also second in the all-around, notching a new career-high with a 38.925. Junior Amelia Montoya tied for second on bars with a 9.800, while fellow junior Amanda Watamaniuk and freshman Sarah Landes shared USU’s top honors on vault, both with 9.750’s.
Sophomore Paige Jones was third in the all-around with a 38.750 while Landes was sixth with a 37.025.
USU opened on bars, with Watamaniuk leading off the lineup with a 9.500, then Montoya followed with a 9.800. Holliday then posted a 9.650, preceding an 8.300 by Landes. Jones notched a 9.675 before freshman Kaitlyn Betts rounded out the bars rotation with a 9.550.
The Aggies scored a 48.275 on bars, while the Cougars notched a 49.175 on vault and the T-Birds tallied a 48.425 on beam.
On beam for the second rotation, freshman Ashley Follett started things off with a 9.600. Redshirt-freshman Samantha Wagner then posted a 9.675, followed by Jones with a 9.600. Next, Holliday hung her win-sharing score of 9.850 on the board, tying her career-high and her third score in a row of higher than a 9.800 after posting her career-high 9.850 in the San Jose State dual and a 9.825 last week against Sacramento State. After a 9.200 by Landes, senior Haley Hogan posted a 9.300 to close out the beam lineup.
USU scored a 48.025 on beam, its third-highest score on the apparatus this season, while SUU registered a 48.575 on floor and BYU posted a 48.075 on bars.
At the meet’s midway point, BYU led with a 97.250, followed by SUU at 97.000 and USU with a 96.300.
For the third rotation, the Aggies were on floor, with Watamaniuk again leading off the lineup, posting a 9.600. Holliday then recorded a 9.725 before a 9.825 from freshman Susie Miller, .025 shy of matching her career-best. After Montoya scored a 9.575, Jones notched a 9.750. Landes then landed a 9.775 to complete USU’s floor rotation.
The Aggies scored a 48.750 on floor, while the Cougars posted a 48.025 on beam and the T-Birds recorded a 48.500 on vault.
With three rotations in the books, Southern Utah led with a 145.400, followed by BYU with a 145.275 and Utah State close behind with a 144.950.
Just like she had done on bars and floor, Watamaniuk led off the Aggies’ vault lineup, posted a 9.750 for a new career-high. Holliday then followed suite with not only the same score but also posting a career-best. Betts then joined in on the career-high posting with a 9.625, which was followed by another career-best by Miller, notching a 9.725. Landes landed a 9.750 to tie her career-best, before Jones closed out the Aggies’ vault rotation and their action on the day with a 9.725.
USU had a season-high 48.700 on vault, while SUU posted 48.525 on bars and BYU scored 48.825 on floor to clinch the win.
Saturday was the first of back-to-back road meets as the Aggies head to Boise, Idaho to take on Boise State on March 2 before USU’s home finale on March 5 against BYU on Senior Night, honoring the two Aggie seniors, Rebecca Holliday and Haley Hogan.
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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