Utah State’s Autumn DeHarde was named the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Floor Specialist of the Week, it was announced Sunday by the league office.
It is the first time this year and first time in her career that the freshman from Sussex, Wisconsin, has earned MRGC weekly accolades.
Overall, this is the Aggies’ 12th MRGC weekly accolade in their fourth season in the league.
DeHarde recorded a career-high 9.925 to win the floor title and help Utah State garner a season-high total of 49.075 on the event last Friday against No. 16 Boise State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. DeHarde became the first Aggie since Megan Tschida in 2008 to notch a 9.925 on floor, a score that ranks tied for 10th all-time in school history. She also placed fifth on beam with a 9.800.
DeHarde ranks fourth in the MRGC, 14th in the North Central Region and tied for 76th nationally on floor with an average score of 9.831. She also ranks fourth in the conference, 19th regionally and tied for 85th in the nation on beam (9.800).
The 4-foot-11 DeHarde ranks third on the team with 107.500 total points, trailing only junior Madison Ward (124.975) and fellow freshman Leighton Varnadore (116.075).
DeHarde, who is tied for the team lead with three event titles this season — two on floor and one on beam — was one of seven gymnasts honored by the MRGC this week.
Boise State’s Shani Remme earned her fourth-straight MRGC Gymnast of the Week award after leading the conference with a 39.350 in the all-around against the Aggies. Remme also shared Beam Specialist of the Week honors with teammates Alex Esmerian and Sarah Means, along with Southern Utah’s Autumn Jorgensen, who all recorded a 9.875.
The Broncos’ Mary Frances Bir earned her second-consecutive Vault Specialist of the Week award, finishing the event with a 9.950, the highest mark on vault recorded in the MRGC this season.
BYU’s Brittni Hawes notched a season-high 9.925 on bars en route to being named the Bars Specialist of the Week.
Utah State opens a season-long four-meet road swing beginning Friday, Feb. 9, at a tri-meet hosted by UC Davis (5-5, 3-0 MPSF) in Davis, California. The meet will feature the two Aggies, as well as Sacramento State (1-9, 1-2 MPSF), which USU defeated earlier this season at home.