LOGAN, Utah – Senior Heather Heinrich tallied a season-best score for the fourth-straight outing, posting a 38.800, helping Utah State to a 186.675 total while 19th-ranked Southern Utah scored a 195.075 in the in-state dual Monday night in USU’s Flip ‘N’ Stick For The Cure Meet at the pink-clad Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. For their special meet designed to raise awareness about breast cancer, the Aggies traded in their typical navy and white leotards for more suitable pink themed uniforms. Fans were encouraged to wear pink as a show of support for the brave individuals battling cancer. All fans wearing pink received free admission. Heinrich was second in the all-around posting a season-high 38.800, just .2 off her career-best. Heinrich was USU’s top vaulter, tying for third with a 9.675, as well as the top Aggie on beam with a 9.725, tying her season-high and finishing tied for fourth. She also finished the night as the top USU gymnast on floor with a 9.675 to tie for fifth. Freshman Amanda Watamaniuk was third in the all-around with a 36.575 while sophomore Haley Hogan was fourth with an all-around score of 36.525. Watamaniuk and Heinrich were part of a three-way tie for fourth on bars with SUU’s Melissa Johnson, all posting 9.725’s, as Watamaniuk tied her career-high and Heinrich registered a new season-best. The T-Birds captured all the individual titles, led by Elise Wheeler, who entered the meet leading the WAC and ranking 15th in the nation in all-around, was better than her average in winning the all-around with a 39.425. Wheeler won the beam with a 9.825, and shared top medalist honors on bars with teammate Jenna Vogt with a 9.875 each, and shared the floor title with teammate Shannon Coughlin also with 9.875’s. Melissa Johnson won the vault with 9.925, just ahead of Wheeler in the lone event she wasn’t first in with a 9.850 for second. Utah State opened on vault with sophomore Brandie Dickson starting off with a 9.000. Hogan followed with a 9.350 before Watamaniuk logged a 9.400. Junior Jackie Dillon then registered a 9.450 before Heinrich notched a 9.675, tying the Aggies’ fifth-highest score on vault this season. USU ended with a 46.875 on vault while SUU posted a 48.725 on bars. Swapping apparatus for the second rotation, Dickson led of the Aggies’ bars rotation with a 9.000. Hogan notched a 9.300 before Watamaniuk tied her career-high with a 9.725. Sophomore Rebecca Holliday then tallied a 9.600, preceding a 9.700 by Dillon before Heinrich closed out the rotation with a season-high 9.725, giving USU a 48.050 on bars. The T-Birds tallied a 48.675 on vault and held a 97.400-94.925 lead over the Aggies at the meet’s halfway point. Moving to beam for the third rotation, sophomore Rachel Flessner opened with a 9.550, preceding an 8.850 by Watamaniuk, a new career-high for the freshman who was officially competing on beam for just the second time this season. Hogan then notched a 9.050, followed by Dillon with a career-best 9.700. Holliday then scored a 9.100 in her first beam performance this season, continuing her increased action after returning from an injury that caused her to miss the first five meets of the season. Heinrich then completed the rotation with a season-best tying 9.725. Utah State ended with a 47.125 on beam while Southern Utah scored a 48.925 on floor and after three rotations, SUU had a 146.325 sub-total while USU tallied a 142.050. For the fourth and final rotation, the Aggies were on floor with Flessner starting off the rotation with an 8.865 after a pair of one-tenth deductions, one for stepping out-of-bounds and one for going over time. Dickson made her collegiate floor debut, posting an 8.650, also getting a .2 deduction, going out-of-bounds twice. After an 8.600 by Watamaniuk, Hogan posted an 8.825, stepping out-of-bounds once. Heinrich then completed USU’s floor rotation and the Aggies’ action with a 9.675, giving USU a 44.625 on floor. Southern Utah scored a 48.750 on beam to finish with a winning score of 195.075 while Utah State ended with a 186.675. Utah State ended with three new career-highs, including two on beam by Dillon and Watamaniuk, along with Dickson on floor, while Watamaniuk tied her career-best on bars. USU still leads the all-time series 36-28, but the T-Birds have topped the Aggies in the last nine meetings, taking both dual meets this season. Utah State continues its two-meet homestand hosting another in-state foe in BYU on Friday, Feb. 19. The Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Cougars starts at 7 p.m. (MT). That will be USU’s final meet of four-straight in-state opponents and five in the last six meets. Admission to Utah State gymnastics home meets is $5 for adults and $1 for youth. Fans can buy a women’s sports pass for $75 which will gain admittance to all USU women’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics action. For more information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305, or online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the “buy/renew tickets” under the “tickets” drop down menu. Fans can follow the Aggie gymnastics program at twitter.com/USUGymnastics, and can get score updates. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics. Southern Utah at Utah State Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 Logan, Utah Team Results Southern Utah: 195.075, Utah State: 186.675 Event Results Southern Utah (Vault: 48.675, Bars: 48.725, Beam: 48.750, Floor: 48.925) Utah State (Vault: 46.875, Bars: 48.050, Beam: 47.125, Floor: 44.625) Vault 1. Melissa Johnson – SUU, 9.925; 2. Elise Wheeler – SUU, 9.850; T3. Heather Henrich – USU, 9.675; T3. Caitlin Kennedy – SUU, 9.675; 7. Jackie Dillion – USU, 9.450; 8. Amanda Watamaniuk – USU, 9.400; 9. Haley Hogan – USU, 9.350; 11. Brandie Dickson – USU, 9.000 Bars T1. Elise Wheeler – SUU, 9.875; T1. Jenna Vogt – SUU, 9.875; 3. Alyssa Click – SUU, 9.800; T4. Amanda Watamaniuk – USU, 9.725; T4. Heather Heinrich – USU, 9.725; 7. Jackie Dillon – USU, 9.700; 8. Rebecca Holliday – USU, 9.600; 10. Haley Hogan – USU, 9.300; 11. Brandie Dickson – USU, 9.000 Beam 1. Elise Wheeler – SUU, 9.875; 2. Melissa Johnson – USU, 9.800; 3. Ariel Lamb – SUU, 9.750; 4. Heather Heinrich – USU, 9.725; 6. Jackie Dillon – USU, 9.700; 8. Rachel Flessner – USU, 9.550; 10. Rebecca Holliday – USU, 9.100; 12. Amanda Watamaniuk – USU, 8.850 Floor T1. Elise Wheeler – SUU, 9.875; T1. Shannon Coughlin – SUU, 9.875; 3. Alyssa Click – SUU, 9.800; T5. Heather Heinrich – USU, 9.675; T8. Rachel Flessner – USU, 8.850; 9. Haley Hogan – USU, 8.825; 10. Brandie Dickson – USU, 8.675; 11. Amanda Watamaniuk – USU, 8.600 -USU-
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