Utah State Gymnastics Set to Host BYU in First Home Meet of 2014
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
After two weeks on the road, Utah State gymnastics is set to open its home season in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The team will host in-state rival BYU on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. (photo from Athletics website)
Utah State vs. BYU
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 — 7 p.m.
HOME SWEET HOME — After two weeks on the road, Utah State gymnastics is set to open its home season in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The team will host in-state rival BYU Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.
ON A ROLL — Utah State is 2-0 for the first time since 1999. That year, the Aggies opened the season with a 191.025, defeating Southern Utah (189.700) and Sacramento State (187.125). The team continued on a seven-meet winning streak, before eventually falling to Utah in a tri-meet on Feb. 26, 1999. Led by Christy Denson, the current USU record holder in the all-around, bars and floor exercise, that team went on to finish 17-5 on the season.
IT’S GREEK TO ME — Friday’s meet will be the annual Greek Night. Utah State fraternities and sororities are invited to show their house and Aggie pride as part of the USU Athletics Greek Challenge. The organization with the most attendees will have points added to its total from the other Greek Nights this school year. The group with the most points at the end of the year will receive a trophy that will be presented at a 2014 football game.
HISTORY AGAINST THE COUGARS — As in-state rivals, the Aggies and Cougars have a long history of competition. BYU leads the all-time series, 68-39-1. Utah State’s only advantage comes in the home series, leading 22-21 from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The teams met twice in the 2013 season. The Aggies opened the season in a dual-meet in Provo, with BYU coming out on top 194.075-189.425. The two teams faced off again in March in Logan, where the Cougars won again, 195.025-192.900.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION — BYU has had a difficult start to the 2014 season, opening against several ranked opponents. The Cougars started the season with a third-place finish in a quad-meet at Utah, falling to then-No. 6 Utah and No. 23 Boise State while defeating Southern Utah. Last week they traveled to Boise State, finishing third to the No. 11 Broncos and No. 14 Denver.
As a team, the Cougars are averaging 194.613 on the season. The team is led in the all-around by sophomore Makenzie Johnson and senior Raquel Willman. Brad Cattermole has been at the helm of the BYU gymnastics program since 1988. He is assisted by his wife Dawn Cattermole and Shauna Mertz.
TUNING IN — For fans who will not be in attendance in Logan, there will be several options for following along with meet action. A link to live scores will be available on the Utah State website prior to the start of the competition. In addition, there will be a free live video stream available through the Mountain West Network.
Read much more from the full meet notes on the Athletics website.
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