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White edges Blue in USU gymnastics exhibition Saturday

By Doug Hoffman, Contributor | Posted - Dec. 11, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.

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LOGAN — Utah State gymnastics hosted its annual Blue-White Exhibition Saturday at the HPER gym. The White team snuck by with the win, beating the Blue team, 105.25 to 104.6.

The USU coaching staff served as judges for the event, taking the top three scores from each event except for floor exercises where they took the top two scores.

Head coach Jeff Richards said overall he was pleased with the Aggies’ performance on Saturday.

“I think they did well. We’ve still got some work to do, but we have a month before our first meet,” he said. “This was a good showing and I’m pretty optimistic about how we’ll do this season.”

With a young team, comprised of seven freshmen, the team has a lot of work to do and a lot to build on with the young talent.

“Sarah Landes is a great freshman. Kaitlyn Betts was the Junior Olympic National vault champion so we expect to see her shine there,” Richards said. “Susie Miller has come in and done well, too.”

For the Blue team, sophomore Paige Jones was the leader on vault, landing a 9.75. Landes and Miller tied with 9.65 for the White on vault. On the rotation, junior Amanda Watamaniuk led the way on bars for Blue with a 9.75. Landes matched her score for the White team.

“I think we can improve a lot on doing our vault under pressure,” said senior Rebecca Holliday. “We have some great vaulters. We just need them to stick.”

Jones and Holliday took the top scores on the floor, both notching a 9.8. Junior Amelia Montoya had the highest beam score with a 9.5.

Heading into the winter break, Saturday was the kick off to the last month of training before the regular-season opener at No. 5 Utah on Jan. 13.

After another weekend on the road for a tri-meet at Texas Woman’s University, the team will return home to host their own tri-meet. USU will welcome Southern Utah and Boise State to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

“I’m excited for this season,” Holliday said. “We’ve got a bunch of home meets in a row, and a couple on the road to get it started. It should be a great year.”

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.

Doug Hoffman


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