Utah State Gymnastics Opens Home Season Hosting BYU Friday
Jan. 23, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - After a strong season-opening stretch on the road, the Utah State gymnastics team is set to open its home season as it hosts in-state rival BYU on Friday, Jan. 24. Action from Dee Glen Smith Spectrum will get underway at 7 p.m. (MT).
Friday's meet will be the annual Greek Night. Utah State fraternities and sororities are invited to show their house and Aggie pride as part of the USU Athletics Greek Challenge. The organization with the most attendees will have points added to its total from the other Greek Nights this school year. The group with the most points at the end of the year will receive a trophy that will be presented at a 2014 football game.
The Aggies are coming into Friday's competition with the first 2-0 team record since 1999. Last week, the team defeated Southern Utah 194.150-193.975 in Cedar City. In that meet, freshman Bailey McIntire led the Aggies, claiming the all-around title with a 38.800 while junior Sarah Landes finished second with a 38.550.
BYU has had a difficult start to the 2014 season, opening against several ranked opponents. The Cougars started the season with a third-place finish in a quad-meet at Utah, falling to then-No. 6 Utah and No. 23 Boise State while defeating Southern Utah. Last week they traveled to Boise State, finishing third to the No. 11 Broncos and No. 14 Denver.
As a team, the Cougars are averaging 194.613 on the season. The team is led in the all-around by sophomore Makenzie Johnson and senior Raquel Willman. Brad Cattermole has been at the helm of the BYU gymnastics program since 1988. He is assisted by his wife Dawn Cattermole and Shauna Mertz.
As in-state rivals, the Aggies and Cougars have a long history of competition. BYU leads the all-time series, 68-39-1. Utah State's only advantage comes in the home series, leading 22-21 from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The teams met twice in the 2013 season. The Aggies opened the season in a dual-meet in Provo, with BYU coming out on top 194.075-189.425. The two teams faced off again in March in Logan, where the Cougars won again, 195.025-192.900. This will be the first of three meetings between the two teams this season.
For fans who will not be in attendance in Logan, there will be several options for following along with meet action. A link to live scores will be available on the Utah State website prior to the start of the competition. In addition, there will be a free live video stream available through the Mountain West Network.
The Aggies have a quick turnaround as they are set to compete in a quad-meet at UC Davis on Sunday, Jan. 26. The team will face UC Davis, San José State and No. 12 Stanford at 2 p.m. (MT). That meet will begin a four-meet roadswing for the Aggies before returning to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to host Denver on Friday, Feb. 21.
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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