MEET NOTES: Utah State Hits the Road Again for Quad Meet at No. 21 BYU
Junior Madison Ward
Junior Madison Ward
March 7, 2018

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Utah State (6-7, 1-3 MRGC), fresh off recording a season-high score of 196.100 last weekend at home, will head back out on the road to compete in the BYU quad meet on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse. Joining the Aggies and No. 21 Cougars (8-4, 4-1 MRGC) in Provo will be Penn State (7-5, 1-4 Big Ten) and Texas Woman's (7-7, 5-0 MIC).

The quad meet will be televised live on BYU TV, as well as streamed live at Additionally, live stats will be available at and meet updates will be provided through Utah State's various social media platforms.

Utah State registered its highest score of the season, but came up short against then-No. 24 BYU in a Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference dual meet, 196.200-196.100, in front of 1,708 fans on Friday, March 2, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

The Aggies' 196.100 is tied for the sixth-best home score in school history and the ninth-best overall.

Sophomore Jazmyn Estrella was back in both the vault and bars lineup after missing the last three meets due to an injury. She placed second on bars with a career-high 9.875, helping lead the Aggies to a season-high 48.925 on the event.

Freshman Faith Leary had a personal-best 9.900 on vault to place first on the event. Her score on the event ranks tied for ninth all-time in school history. Fellow freshman Mikaela Meyer anchored USU on vault and recorded her own personal best, a 9.875, to place second. As a team, the Aggies registered a season-high 49.100, which ranks tied for sixth all-time in program history.

In the third rotation, the Aggies scored a 48.950 on beam. Freshman Autumn DeHarde had a 9.850 to place third, while junior Emily Briones and freshman Leighton Varnadore each had a 9.800 to tie for fifth.

The Aggies closed the dual meet on floor, finishing with a 49.125, highlighted by the 9.875 turned in by junior Madison Ward to capture first.

Utah State is 48-74-1 all-time against BYU, including 25-23 at home, 10-31-1 on the road and 13-20 at a neutral site. The Aggies have won three straight against the Cougars in Provo, including a 195.300-195.200 victory on Jan. 20, 2017.

Utah State is 1-9 all-time against Penn State, including 0-3 at home, 1-2 on the road and 0-4 at a neutral site. This is the first meeting between these two programs since April 14, 2007, when they met at the NCAA North Central Regional Championships in Denver, Colo. The Nittany Lions placed third with a 195.775, while the Aggies took sixth with a 192.525.

Utah State is 8-3 all-time against Texas Woman's, including 3-0 at home, 3-3 on the road and 2-0 at a neutral site. These two teams met last year at a tri meet hosted by Arizona, which the Wildcats won with a 194.025. The Aggies were second at 191.600 and the Pioneers were third at 189.500.

Utah State recorded its highest score in program history in a dual meet against Texas Woman's on March 1, 1997, in Denton, Texas. The Aggies beat the Pioneers 197.225-194.000. It's the only time USU has scored 197.000 or better. In that meet, USU also recorded the top vault (49.325), third-best bars (49.325) and fifth-best beam (49.200) scores in school history.

Texas Woman's assistant coach Kristen Meyers earned her bachelor's degree from Utah State in December of 2014. She came to USU on a full-ride scholarship for gymnastics, but as a freshman suffered a career-ending injury and began coaching for the program in January of 2012.

As a student-assistant coach with the Aggies, Meyers assisted with coaching all four events with an emphasis on bars and helped with administrative duties and fundraising, as well as serving as the team's meet director, and much more.

Meyers is in her first year as an assistant coach at TWU. Prior to becoming an assistant, Myers worked for two years as a graduate assistant under Pioneers head coach Lisa Bowman. As a GA, Meyers assisted the reigning USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Champions in various areas such as helping with the development of beam and bar practice plans, creating team conditioning workouts, recording practice reports, arranging team travel, and other areas as needed.

Utah State returns home to host Southern Utah on Friday, March 16, for the Aggies' Senior Day meet. on March 16 against Southern Utah. Lots of promotions surround the final home meet of the season, including #FlashbackFriday, the USU Greek Challenge, free Firehouse Pizza for the first 250 students in attendance and a free Aggie growth chart for the first 250 fans shorter than our smallest gymnasts. This will also be the annual alumni meet.




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