LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Amy Smith was named the 2020 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Coach of the Year, it was announced Friday.
Additionally, USU junior Autumn DeHarde was named the MRGC Gymnast of the Year and Sofi Sullivan was named the league’s Freshman of the Year. It is the first time in conference history that a team has swept all three awards.
DeHarde is the first Aggie to be named MRGC Gymnast of the Year, while Sullivan is just the second Aggie to garner Freshman of the Year accolades after DeHarde won the award in 2018.
DeHarde also earned MRGC Co-Beam and Floor Specialist of the Year accolades, as well as earning first-team honors in each event, while Sullivan also was named the co-Beam Specialist of the Year, to go along with earning first-team honors on the event and first-team honors in the all-around.
In just her third season at the helm of the Aggies, Smith led Utah State to one of its most remarkable seasons in school history.
After beginning the year 1-6, the Aggies finished with a 7-6-1 overall record, marking the first time since 1999 that they ended the season with a winning record. Utah State went 4-0 inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum – just the third time in school history it has posted a perfect record at home, joining the 1978 (8-0) and 1979 (5-0) teams.
Before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Aggies were ranked 29th in the nation with a National Qualifying Score of 195.915 and had likely secured a trip to the NCAA Regional Championships for the first time since 2017. This is USU’s highest finish since ending the 2002 campaign ranked 27th.
On top of that, the Aggies 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.
Under Smith’s guidance, Utah State led the MRGC and ranked 19th nationally on beam with a national qualifying score (NQS) of 49.105. The Aggies recorded the best beam score in school history with a 49.575 at the Boise State quad meet (2/21).
USU’s 49.575 on beam was tied for the seventh-highest score in the nation on the event in 2020, along with No. 6 LSU. No. 4 Utah had the highest score on beam this year with a 49.775, followed by No. 4 Minnesota (49.700), No. 1 Florida (49.675), No. 3 Oklahoma (49.675), No. 6 Denver (49.650) and No. 8 Washington (49.650).
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 this season, and the 196.600 against No. 17 BYU (3/6) and the 196.525 against No. 20 Southern Utah (2/14) 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. Utah State recorded a 49.175 on vault at the quad meet, which is tied for fourth all-time in school history.
The Aggies also had a 49.100 on vault and a 49.275 on bars against BYU, both of which are tied for seventh all-time in school history.
DeHarde and Sullivan tied for first in the MRGC and tied for 27th in the nation this season with a 9.895 NQS on beam.
A four-time MRGC Beam Specialist of the Week honoree in 2020, DeHarde averaged 9.889 on beam, which ranks first all-time in single-season school history. She had a career-high 9.950 on the event, which is tied for second all-time in school history, at the Boise State quad meet.
Like DeHarde, Sullivan was a four-time MRGC Beam Specialist of the Week award winner. She captured her first-career beam title with a school-record 9.975 at Air Force (1/25), which also ranks second all-time in MRGC history.
With her 9.975 on beam, Sullivan became just the fourth-different gymnast in Utah State history to reach that plateau, joining Christy Denson (once on floor and once on bars), Amber Jamison (bars) and Madison Ward-Sessions (floor).
Sullivan also had a 9.950 on beam at the Boise State quad meet. The native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., averaged 9.883 on the event, which ranks second all-time in single-season school history.
DeHarde tied for first in the MRGC and tied for 43rd nationally with a 9.895 NQS on floor. A three-time MRGC Floor Specialist of the Week honoree in 2020, DeHarde averaged 9.883 on floor, which ranks second all-time in single-season school history.
In what proved to be Utah State’s final meet of the season against BYU, DeHarde recorded a career-high 9.950 on floor, which is tied for third all-time in school history. She also had a 9.925 on floor against SUU, which is tied for 17th all-time in school history.
DeHarde notched her eighth career floor title this season, which is tied for 10th all-time in school history.
Sullivan also earned first-team honors in the all-around as she ranked third in the MRGC, eighth in the North Central Region and 41st in the nation with a 39.120 NQS. The native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., captured three all-around titles as part of her eight total titles in 2020. She averaged 39.036 in the all-around and had a personal-best 39.325 at the Boise State quad meet.
Sullivan led the team with 332.225 total points and her eight total titles in 2020 is tied for ninth in single-season freshman class history.
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