Feb. 6, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State gymnastics continues its month-long roadswing Friday as they travel to Provo to face in-state rival BYU for the second time in three weeks. The Aggies and Cougars will compete in the Smith Fieldhouse on the campus of BYU on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
The meet will be broadcast live on BYUtv (Comcast Ch. 21, Dish Network Ch. 9403, DirecTV Ch. 68/374). Live stats and video will also be available through the links provided on the Utah State website.
The Aggies are coming off a season-best performance with a 195.225 in a tri-meet at Air Force with Seattle Pacific. The team landed a 49.075 on vault, a season-high 48.925 on bars, a season-best 48.550 on beam and a 48.675 on floor, tying the team season-high.
Junior Sarah Landes represented the Aggies in the all-around competition, finishing first with a season-best 39.100. The Aggies had a strong showing on the event leaderboards, claiming three of the four titles. Sophomore Miranda Kerr tied for first-place on vault with a 9.850, while sophomore McKinzey Martinez claimed the bars win with a 9.850. Freshman Bailey McIntire got her fourth event win of the season, finishing first on floor with a 9.825.
BYU has had a strong start to its season, evident by the scores, not the season record. The Cougars are averaging a score of 194.638 on the year, most recently notching a 196.425 in a second-place finish to No. 17 Denver. The Cougars' sole win of the year came in the season-opening quad-meet at Utah where they finished third over Southern Utah.
The Cougars are led in the all-around by sophomore Makenzie Johnson, who is averaging a 39.075 and senior Raquel Willman with an average score of 38.931. 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, 68-40-1. Utah State's only advantage comes in the home series, leading 23-21 from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Aggies and the Cougars have met once already this season and have one more meet scheduled at the end of the year. BYU made the trip to Logan just two weeks ago for the Aggies' home-opener on Friday, Jan. 24. Utah State came out victorious, topping BYU, 193.200-192.900 for the first win over the Cougars since 2009.
The two teams will meet in Provo again on Saturday, March 22 in the inaugural Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship.
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