Aggie gymnasts down BYU, SUU
By Wade Denniston
Utah State's team score against BYU was a season high for the team and is the fifth highest in school history.
"The younger girls are definitely stepping up in the last couple of meets and getting the results we should've been getting at the beginning of the year," said Aggie senior Christy Denson.
USU vs. BYU
In a meet that was neck and neck until the final competitor, Denson stole the show for the Aggies as she secured the victory for her team by posting a 9.875 on the floor routine.
But Denson wasn't just spectacular in her final event. The 5-foot-5 native of Palestine, Texas, shone throughout the competition as she recorded scores of 9.725 on the vault, 9.925 on the bars and 9.875 on the beam for another all-around title with a total of 39.400.
As it did against the University of Utah on Feb. 7, Utah State got off to a good start in the first half of the competition by posting season-bests on the vault (48.675) and bars (49.050).
Sophomore Megan Woolstenhulme led the way for the Aggies on the vault by posting a career-high 9.750. Denson paved the way on the bars for USU, while senior Jessica Porter was close behind with a season-high 9.875.
While the balance beam proved to be costly for the Aggies against the Utes, it was the complete opposite in the meet with the Cougars. USU notched its season-high on that apparatus with a 48.725, then followed suit on the floor routine with another season-high 49.100. Four Aggies were able to set career-highs on the floor, while Denson and freshman Tina Ellis led Utah State on the beam with scores of 9.875 and 9.775, respectively.
"Everyone stepped it up and batted home runs tonight," said Aggie head coach Ray Corn. "We learned tonight how to finish a meet. We showed grit on the balance beam and I am just so pleased."
USU at SUU
The Aggies proved there would be no letdown against the Thunderbirds after their huge victory over the Cougars.
Utah State's score (194.575) was its biggest on the road this season and 12th best in school history.
Freshman Kristen Bloom led the Aggies with a 39.050, good enough for her second all-around title of the year. The 5-foot-2 native of Ossining, N.Y., tied the T-Birds' Suzi Clark for top floor honors with a 9.825, then tied for third place on the bars with a 9.800.
After taking first place in the all-around against BYU, Denson finished third against SUU with a 38.750. She was able to win the bar competition with a 9.925 for the third meet in a row, fourth time this season. Denson also tied teammate Laura Swank for the vaulting title, both recording 9.750.
USU and Southern Utah will meet again at 7 Friday night in the Spectrum as the Aggies host a quad meet also featuring Denver University and the University of California at Santa Barbara.