LOGAN, Utah – The Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference has announced its academic all-conference honorees and 12 Utah State student-athletes were named to the list.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average for the 2019-20 school year and have appeared on the squad list during the 2020 campaign.
The 12 Utah State gymnasts to receive MRGC accolades included Lexi Aragon, Emma Cobabe, Autumn DeHarde, Taylor Dittmar, Morgan Gill, Elle Golison, Hadley Hamar, Tori Loomis, Mikaela Meyer, Ariel Toomey, Leighton Varnadore and Logan Varnadore.
The MRGC recognized 63 student-athletes from its four member institutions in Boise State, BYU, Southern Utah and USU. The Thunderbirds led the way with 22 honorees, followed by the Broncos with 15 and the Cougars with 14.
The Aggies finished the 2020 season, which was cut short due to COVID-19, with a 7-6-1 overall record, marking the first time since 1999 that USU ended the season with a winning record.
When the season ended, Utah State was ranked 29th in the nation with a National Qualifying Score (NQS) of 195.915 – the highest in school history – and was poised to advance to the NCAA Regional Championships for the first time since 2017.
Utah State defeated every MRGC rival in 2020, snapping a 22-meet losing streak to Boise State (dating back to 2012), a nine-meet losing streak to BYU (dating back to 2017) and a five-meet losing streak to Southern Utah (dating back to 2018) this season.
The Aggies led the MRGC and ranked 19th nationally on beam with a 49.105 NQS. USU recorded the best beam score in school history with a 49.575 at the Boise State quad meet.
Utah State averaged 49.039 on beam, which set the single-season school record. The Aggies averaged 48.875 on vault (third all-time in single-season school history), 48.756 on bars (tied for sixth) and 48.992 on floor (fifth).
USU recorded the second- (196.800), fourth- (196.600) and fifth-best (196.525) team scores in all-time school history in 2020, and the 196.600 against No. 17 BYU and the 196.525 against No. 20 Southern Utah are the second- and third-best home scores in school history. The 196.800 at the Boise State quad meet ranks second all-time for an away meet.
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UTAH STATE’S 2019-20 MRGC ALL-ACADEMIC RECIPIENTS
Lexi Aragon, Freshman
Emma Cobabe, Freshman
Autumn DeHarde, Junior
Taylor Dittmar, Junior
Morgan Gill, Freshman
Elle Golison, Senior
Hadley Hamar, Freshman
Tori Loomis, Freshman
Mikaela Meyer, Junior
Grace Rojas, Freshman
Ariel Toomey, Freshman
Leighton Varnadore, Junior
Logan Varnadore, Junior