Feb. 14, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - For the first time since 2006, Utah State gymnastics will host a triangular meet when the Aggies welcome in-state foe BYU along with New Hampshire to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Fans can watch all USU gymnastics home meets live via the internet through UtahState.tv, available through www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
This is the first triangular USU has hosted since Feb. 10, 2006 when Washington and Texas Woman's joined the Aggies. Utah State won the meet with a 193.350, followed by Texas Woman's at 191.125 and Washington at 190.400.
USU is ranked 45th in this week's Troester Women's Gymnastics rankings, while BYU is 33rd and UNH is 41st.
Utah State and New Hampshire are meeting for the first time since March 19, 1990 when the Wildcats visited Logan for a dual won by the Aggies, 188.80-186.50. USU and BYU are squaring off with each other for the first time since last year's regionals.
USU freshman Nicole Simoneau is a New Hampshire native, hailing from Manchester, where she attended Manchester Central High School.
The Aggies are 2-6 on the year, after placing third at a quad meet at 13th-ranked Denver on Saturday. USU ended the night with 192.275 points, finishing behind No. 6 Oklahoma's 195.925 and 13th-ranked Denver's 195.700 while finishing ahead of Air Force's 186.400.
On the season, Utah State ranks sixth in the WAC and eighth in the North Central region with a 191.267 average. The Aggies have season-averages of 48.429 on vault (third in WAC/fifth in region), 48.000 on floor (fifth/eighth), 47.175 on beam (fifth/eighth) and 47.662 on bars (sixth/eighth).
The 33rd-ranked Cougars are 1-5 after losing to 2nd-ranked Utah on Friday, 196.700-193.925, as BYU posted a season-high team score.
The Cougars have a team score season average of 192.825, as well as 48.242 on vault, 48.367 on bars, 47.983 on beam and 48.233 on floor.
BYU Senior Dayna Smart-Allen's father, Eric Smart is a 1979 Utah State graduate and was ASUSU President in the 1978-79 school year.
UNH comes to town toting a 7-2 record and a No. 41 national ranking after finishing second in a quad meet, posting 194.225 points. Penn State won the meet with a 195.275 score, while Yale (189.100) and William & Mary (186.750) followed UNH.
The Wildcats hosted BYU along with Pittsburgh in a triangular meet on Jan. 26, as UNH won the meet with a 192.400, while BYU was second with a 191.200 and Pitt was third with 190.075.
In its next action, USU heads to Salt Lake City for a Beehive State triangular with #2 Utah and #15 Southern Utah on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at Utah's Huntsman Center.
The Aggies return home to host Denver on Friday, Feb. 29. It is Flip & Stick For The Cure Night to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink.
All USU home meets begin at 6:30 p.m.
Gymnastics tickets are available through the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, online at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on "tickets" in left column, or by calling or (435) 797-0305 or 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831).
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