Aggie Gymnastics Welcomes San José State for Friday Dual Meet
March 6, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State gymnastics is set for the third of four-straight home meets this weekend as it hosts San José State. The Aggies welcome the Spartans to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
Utah State gymnasts throughout the history of the program will be returning to Logan this weekend for the annual Alumni Night. Each Aggie gymnastics graduate in attendance at Friday's meet will be recognized. A casual dinner will be held at Factory Pizzeria after the meet, while a more formal banquet will take place Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Jim & Carol Laub Athletics Academic Complex.
The Aggies are coming off a win against Sacramento State where they topped the Hornets, 195.100-193.650. Five gymnasts had season-best scores, while two notched new career-highs. The team also had a season-best performance on beam, landing a 48.750.
For the second week in a row, Utah State is at No. 35 in the Troester/GymInfo rankings with an RQS of 194.530. Sophomore Miranda Kerr is leading the team on vault, earning an RQS of 9.825. Senior Paige Jones leads USU's bars corps with an RQS of 9.805. On beam, freshman Charly Belliston and junior Sarah Landes lead the way with an RQS of 9.730, while freshman Bailey McIntire is the floor leader with an RQS of 9.860. Landes is also the top all-arounder, with a 38.940 RQS.
San José State has had a very successful season, continually topping its season-best scores. The Spartans are coming off a loss to Southern Utah, but set a season-high with a 195.775, the third-highest score in program history. In that meet, the team also set season-high scores on bars (49.100) and floor (49.200), while seven individuals matched or set new career-bests. SJSU also swept the four individual event titles. San José State has an overall RQS of 195.250.
The Spartans are led by senior all-arounder Bekah Gher, who has an individual RQS of 39.075. She set her season-best of 39.250 in a dual-meet against Sacramento State, just as Aggie junior Sarah Landes did last week. Wayne Wright is in his 13th season as the head coach of the Spartans.
As former members of the Western Athletic Conference, Utah State and San José State have a long history of competition. The Spartans have the slight edge over the Aggies, leading the all-time series, 14-13. USU is 4-2 at home while going 2-5 at the Event Center in San José. The two teams met twice last season as SJSU topped USU in a tri-meet in San José, while the Aggies finished ahead of the Spartans at the WAC Championships.
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 just prior to the start of competition. Fans can also follow the Utah State gymnastics social media outlets for meet updates.
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.
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