Feb. 27, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State gymnastics is set for the second of four-straight home meets this weekend as it hosts Sacramento State. The Aggies welcome the Hornets to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
Friday's meet is HURD Night. In appreciation for the Utah State student section, drawings will be held between each rotation for students to win prizes provided by the HURD. Friday is also Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. Each Aggie gymnast has selected a professor or mentor who will be announced and recognized during the USU march-in at the beginning of the meet. All Utah State faculty and staff can purchase their ticket to the meet for $3.
Friday's meet will be streamed live and at no cost for fans. Additionally, live scores will be available. Links to both will be posted on the Utah State Athletics website on Friday. Fans can also follow the Utah State gymnastics social media outlets for meet updates.
This week, Utah State is ranked No. 35 in the Troester/Gym Info rankings with a Regional Qualifying Score of 194.315 and an overall record of 6-7. The 35th spot is the highest ranking the Aggies have held since the week of Jan. 17, 2011. Sophomore Miranda Kerr leads the team on vault with a personal RQS of 9.820, senior Paige Jones holds the top spot on bars with a 9.780, freshman Charly Belliston leads on beam with a 9.730, while McIntire is the floor leader with a 9.840.
The Aggies are coming off a strong performance against No. 18 Denver last Friday. Utah State notched a 48.475 on vault, 48.900 on bars, 48.100 on beam and a season-high 49.175 on floor, contributing to the 194.650 total. Freshman Bailey McIntire claimed her fifth event win, taking the floor title with a career-best 9.900.
Sacramento State comes to Logan with a 4-11 record and an RQS of 193.445. The Hornets notched a season-best 194.900 two weeks ago in a tri-meet against California and San José State. Sacramento State is led by junior Kalliah McCartney who is averaging a 38.592 in the all-around. Kim Hughes is in his 31st year at the helm of the Sacramento State program, with Randy Solorio (26th season) and Tanya Ho (second season) as his assistants. As former members of the Western Athletic Conference, Utah State and Sacramento State have a long history of competition. The Hornets lead the all-time series, 14-7. USU is 2-5 at home, 1-5 in Sacramento and 4-4 at neutral sites.
The Aggies will continue the month-long homestand next week, hosting former WAC rival San José State. The March 7 meet will start at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. That weekend will be the annual alumni celebration. All returning Aggie gymnastics alumni will be recognized at the meet, while there will be a mixer that night and a banquet the following afternoon.
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.
Fans can follow the USU Gymnastics' Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages - Twitter:@USUGymanstics, Facebook: Utah State Gymnastics and Instagram: @USUGymanstics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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