Jan. 10, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State gymnastics will open the 2014 season at Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 11. Action starts at 4 p.m. (MT) at Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Utah State and Iowa have met in competition three times in the past. The Aggies lead the series 2-1, with each meet being held at a neutral site.
For a small fee, fans can watch Saturday's action through Iowa's video feed. A link to the stream will be posted on the Utah State Athletics website prior to the meet.
With an entirely new coaching staff leading the way, the Aggies are anxious to kickoff the 2014 competition season. Nadalie Walsh has taken the helm of the team, bringing along Josh Nilson and Andi Dolinsky as her assistants. As a staff, the three have spent the off-season revitalizing the atmosphere and attitude behind the Utah State gymnastics program. The team is healthy, conditioned and in high spirits about the upcoming season.
The Aggies are led by the senior class of Paige Jones and Christina Nye, while returning 10 other letterwinners. Joining the experienced Aggies are seven newcomers. Five of the new faces are freshmen, while the two others have transferred to be at Utah State.
USU ended the 2013 season finishing fourth at the final WAC Championships, landing a season-best score of 195.100. Though the team didn't qualify, USU was represented by three individuals at the NCAA Regional Championships. Jones and junior Sarah Landes competed in the all-around, while sophomore Stefanie Daley performed on the beam.
Iowa enters the 2014 season coming off a team appearance at the NCAA Regional Championships in Norman, Okla. The team finished sixth, notching a score of 194.475. Prior to that, they had finished eighth at the Big Ten Championships with a 193.400. On the season, the team averaged a score of 195.030 with a 9-13 overall record.
The Hawkeyes are led by all-arounders sophomore Alie Glover and junior Sydney Hoerr who averaged 38.757 and 38.739, respectively. The top individual event performer for Iowa is sophomore Maryah Huntley, who averaged a 9.800 on the floor last season.
Iowa is coached by Larissa Libby, who is entering her 10th season in her current job. Last season, she led Iowa to its sixth-consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, the seventh in her tenure. Iowa was the only Big Ten team to down Minnesota, beating the Gophers, 195.725-195.550.
Upon returning from Iowa, Utah State will head to Cedar City to take on Southern Utah on Jan. 17. As Utah teams and former members of the Western Athletic Conference, the Aggies and the Thunderbirds have a long history of competition between each other. USU will then return to Logan to host in-state rival BYU on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
For USU gymnastics ticket 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.
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