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AGGIES OPEN SEASON AT BOWLING GREEN
Utah State will lift the lid on its 2018 campaign with a trip to the Buckeye State for a dual meet against Bowling Green on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Anderson Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. The event begins at noon (MT). The Aggies are opening the season on the road for the second straight year.
Utah State’s gymnastics team is ranked No. 32 in the 2018 National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) Preseason Coaches’ Poll, it was announced Dec. 11 by the organization. The Aggies concluded the 2017 campaign ranked 32nd after placing sixth at the NCAA Seattle Regional.
The Aggies are 41-27 all-time in season openers, a record that takes several multi-team meets into account. In the Utah State’s season- and program-opening meet on Jan. 9, 1978, the Aggies placed first in the Air Force-hosted Rocky Mountain Open. USU finished with a team score of 131.650, defeating eight other schools.
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
Bowling Green finished the 2017 season with an 8-15 overall mark, but saved its best performance for the last. The Falcons tallied their second-best score (196.400) in school history to earn their best team finish (second of seven) at the Mid-American Conference Championships in 30 years. Then-sophomore Kayla Rose tied for the individual floor title with a 9.950. As a result, she earned her spot on the all-tournament team, joining three other teammates, including Jovannah East, who also was lauded as the MAC Freshman of the Year. East qualified for the 2017 NCAA Regionals in two events (vault and beam). Bowling Green opened the 2018 season with a 194.400-193.350 win at Michigan State. The Falcons had their best rotation on floor, where they posted a 48.875, led by Randi Morris’ 9.825. The 2018 Falcons return 16 of 19 gymnasts from last year’s team. Bowling Green was selected to finish third in the MAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, receiving one first-place vote. Kerrie Turner is in her 11th season at the helm of Bowling Green.
LAST TIME AGAINST BOWLING GREEN
Utah State hosted both No. 16 North Carolina State and Bowling Green in its home opener on Jan. 13, 2017, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. After recording a 191.600 in its season opener at the Arizona tri-meet, the Aggies were nearly four points better the following weekend, notching a 195.400 to place first and sweep the tri-meet. The Wolfpack came in second with a 193.900, while the Falcons were third with a 193.275.
LAST TIME IN BOWLING GREEN
Utah State is making its first trip to Bowling Green, but has faced the Falcons two times in program history with the Aggies leading the overall series, 2-0. Prior to 2017, the only other time these two teams have squared off was on March 16, 2014, at a tri-meet hosted by UCLA at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. While USU lost to the seventh-ranked Bruins, the Aggies defeated Bowling Green, 196.000-194.125.
Utah State will welcome San José State and Sacramento State to the Spectrum on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. for its home opener.
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