Feb. 25, 2004
LOGAN,Utah - Utah State's 28th-ranked gymnastics team will be faced with arguably its toughest task of the season this Friday. The Aggie gymnasts travel to the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City to face in-state rival and #4 ranked Utah Friday at 7 p.m.
"This will be a very exciting meet for our young gymnasts," said head coach Ray Corn. "It is always a great experience competing against one of the most prestigious gymnastics programs in the country."
Six USU gymnasts will be competing in the Huntsman Center for their first time. Utah is the highest-ranked oppenent on the Aggies' schedule.
Last Friday against Missouri and Boise State, sophomore Liesel Kohler recorded a 9.950 on the floor, which won the event and was second-best all-time at USU. Ashley Barr also had a career-best performance on the floor, scoring a 9.925 and placing second. Barr finished third on the bars as she tied her career-best 9.875 score.
"My main concern is that we can hit our routines in front of the 10,000 people they will draw. If we can do this, I will be happy," Corn said.
USU has some momentum going into the meet after climbing four spots in the national rankings to #28. If the Aggies can beat 194.150, its second-lowest road score, they will be able to drop that score on their RQS and most likely be propelled into the top-25. USU is in first place of the Western Gymnastics Conference and sixth in the North Central Region.
Utah enters the meet with a 6-1 record and is coming off a victory at Arizona State last Friday. Melissa Vituj scored a perfect 10.0 on the floor. Junior Annabeth Eberle was ranked fourth in the country in the all-around before an ankle injury forced her to miss the last meet and a half.
After its meet with Utah, USU will compete the rest of its meets at home. The Aggies will return to action Saturday, March 6 against California and Monday, March 8 against Cal State Fullerton. Both meets begin at 7 p.m.
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