No. 24 Utah State returns to action this weekend when the Aggies compete in the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday, April 1, at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Wash, at 5 p.m. (MT). Joining USU at the Seattle Regional will be No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Washington, Stanford and Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference rival BYU. The top two teams in the regional competition will receive a berth to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo.
The Aggies have advanced to four consecutive NCAA Regional Championships under fourth-year head coach Nadalie Walsh and will be competing in their 25th overall as a program. Utah State's highest finish in Regionals came during the 1999 campaign, when it hosted and placed third with a 194.575.\
Utah State will be meeting BYU for the fourth time this season, but is facing Oklahoma, Kentucky, Washington and Stanford for the first time. In the three previous meetings with the Cougars, the Aggies won them all.
UTAH STATE AT REGIONALS
Utah State is seeking its second berth to the NCAA National Championships in school history. This year marks the fourth consecutive season the Aggies have qualified for regionals as a team and the 25th season overall. In 1991, the Aggies placed fifth (out of seven) in the Tucson Regional to garner the program's first and only NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championships appearance in school history. Utah State went on place 12th at nationals with a team score of 185.950.
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999
Individually speaking, it's been 18 years since a Utah State gymnast last competed on the national stage of the NCAA Championships. Amber Jamison was the last Aggie to qualify and she did so in 1999 by placing fourth in the all-around (39.075) at the Region Two Championships, which were hosted by USU at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Jamison culminated her stellar Utah State career by setting an NCAA Championships meet school record in the all-around with a 39.050 to tie for 22nd in the nation. She broke the previous record of 38.350 held by Tricia Yamamoto.
Jamison opened the NCAA National Championships, which took place April 23 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a 9.800 on floor, followed by a 9.700 on vault, a 9.800 on bars and a 9.750 on beam.
For the third straight season, all four teams from the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference qualified for The NCAA Regional Championships. No. 11 Boise State earned the second seed at the Lincoln Regional, No. 18 Southern Utah is the third seed at the Morgantown Regional and No. 34 BYU is joining the Aggies in the Seattle Regional as the sixth seed. The MRGC is one of only three leagues in the nation that qualified every member institution, joining the Big 12 and the SEC.
HISTORY AGAINST REGIONAL TEAMS
Of its five opponents in the NCAA Seattle Regional field, Utah State has faced in-state rival and MRGC rival BYU three times this season, while it will be the first matchup with the four other teams. The Aggies defeated the Cougars in all three meetings this season (195.300-195.200 on Jan. 20 in Provo; 195.850-194.850 on Feb. 3 in Logan; 196.100-194.675 on March 18 at the MRGC Championships in Logan). Utah State is a combined 73-107-1 all-time against the field. The Aggies are 48-72-1 against BYU, 10-10 against Washington, 8-15 against Oklahoma, 4-6 against Stanford and 3-4 against Kentucky.
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