Utah State is back at home for the first time since Feb. 2 following a season-long four-meet road stretch that encompassed nearly 6,000 miles and four different states. The Aggies welcome in-state rival BYU to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday, March 2, for a Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference (MRGC) showdown.
The dual meet featuring the Aggies (6-6, 1-2 MRGC) and 24th-ranked Cougars (7-4, 3-1 MRGC) will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network as a USU Athletics Production. Additionally, live stats will be available online at utahstateaggies.com and meet updates will be provided through the team's various social media platforms.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah State placed third with a season-high road score of 195.325 at the Elevate The Stage quad meet on Friday, Feb. 23, at the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio.
Denver and Michigan tied for first at 196.575, while Bowling Green placed fourth with a 194.750.
The Aggies scored a 48.750 on vault, 48.425 on bars, 48.875 on beam and 49.275 on floor.
Freshman Autumn DeHarde placed first on floor for the second straight week with a career-high-tying 9.925. She has now captured three floor titles this season and six titles overall. Freshman Faith Leary had a career-high 9.900 to tie for second on the event.
Competing in her first meet since 2016, sophomore McKinley Pavicic anchored the Aggies on beam with a 9.875 as she tied for third.
Friday is Utah State's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Meet. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free pink Utah State gymnastics T-shirt and fans who wear pink to the meet will receive $1 admission. The meet is also Youth Gymnastics Night and Junior Aggie Kids Club Night.
MRGC VAULT QUEEN
Freshman Mikaela Meyer was tabbed the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Vault Specialist of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, Feb. 25.
It marked the first time this year and first time in her career that the freshman from Myersville, Md., has earned MRGC weekly accolades. Meyer is the second Utah State gymnast to be honored by the conference this season as fellow freshman Autumn DeHarde has nabbed a pair of Specialist of the Week awards, once on floor and once on beam.
Overall, this was the Aggies' 14th MRGC weekly award in their fourth season in the league.
Meyer matched her career high on vault with a 9.850 to place fourth at the Elevate The Stage meet on Friday, Feb. 23, at the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio. As a team, the Aggies had a 48.750 on vault and placed third in the quad meet with a season-high road score of 195.325.
The 5-foot-3 Meyer currently ranks tied for 69th nationally and fourth in the MRGC with a 9.820 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) on vault.
The 24th-ranked Cougars (7-4, 3-1 MRGC) come into Friday's meet riding high following a 196.225-196.175 victory over then-No. 13 Boise State last weekend at the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo. Kyleigh Greenlief received a career-high 9.950 on floor, while Shannon Hortman-Evans posted a career-high 9.900 on bars to help lead BYU to the win.
Following that win, Greenlief, Hortman-Evans and Angel Zhong were each named specialists of the week in the seventh week of MRGC awards.
The Cougars recorded their highest team score in school history when they notched a 198.025 against Utah State on March 12, 2004. In that same meet, BYU recorded a 49.625 on vault and 49.675 on beam, both of which are program bests.
Guard Young is in his third season at the helm of the Cougars. He has amassed a 16-34 overall record, leading BYU to the NCAA Regional Championships in his first two seasons.
AGGIES AND COUGARS, OH MY!
Utah State is 48-73-1 all-time against BYU, including 25-22 at home,10-31-1 on the road and 13-20 at a neutral site. The Aggies have won three consecutive meets against the Cougars in Provo and have won three of the last four matchups overall.
Utah State and BYU will square off in consecutive weeks as the Aggies head south on Friday, March 9, to compete in the Cougars' quad meet. Joining USU and BYU in Provo will be Penn State and Texas Woman's. The meet, which will take place at the Smith Fieldhouse, is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
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