GYMNASTICS: Utah State gymnastics was picked to win the 2003 Western Gymnastics Conference title in a vote of league coaches Wednesday.
Three points were granted for each first place vote, two for second and one for third. Utah State received two first place votes, garnering eight points. Cal State Fullerton was picked second with seven points, Boise State was chosen third with five points, and Southern Utah was selected to finish fourth with four points. Coaches could not vote for their own schools.
"I'm pleased the coaches in the conference have the confidence in USU's roster to win the conference championship," said Ray Corn, USU head coach. "But I do know this. No matter who is picked to win, the strength of the conference makes winning the league title a toss-up."
SWIMMING/DIVING: Freshman Jonathan Larsen has been named Mountain West Conference men's swimmer of the week for his performance against the Washington Huskies.
Larsen, a Stockton, Calif., native, won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events in 20.93 and 45.86, respectively, in a dual meet against No. 24 Washington on January 11. This is the second time this season Larsen has won the award. He is one of three Utes to be recognized with the honor this season.
The Utah women's swimming and diving team lost to Colorado State on Thursday night. The Rams won by a score of 172-126. The loss dropped Utah's record to 7-7 overall (2-2 in conference), while Colorado State improved its conference record to 4-1.
The Utes were led by newcomer Marta Stepanczuk who won the 1000 free (10:36.98) and the 500 free (5:09.22). Neringa Statkeviciute also won two events, winning the 200 free (1:52.88) and the 100 free (52.28).
"We swam a great first half of the meet, but then our team saw how deep teams in the top of the Mountain West Conference really are," said head coach Michael Litzinger.
Next up for Ute women is a road meet against New Mexico (4-2 in conference) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Balanced scoring and the usual strong defensive effort carried Utah Valley State College 85-53 over the visiting Southern Nevada Coyotes and into a first-place tie atop the Scenic West Athletic Conference standings.
UVSC improved to 5-1 in conference play and 17-2 overall. The win set up a first-place showdown with Dixie State College in St. George on Saturday.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The UVSC women's basketball team improved to 5-1 in Scenic West play with a 59-37 win over the Coyotes of Southern Nevada.
The Wolverines, 16-4 overall, were led by Kaydee Allred who scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Miriam Palkki also scored in double figures with 11 points.