LOGAN — The Utah State gymnastics team will head to Denton, Texas, in the Aggies’ longest road trip of the season for their first of two quad meets on the year for a four-team meet on Saturday hosted by Texas Woman’s along with No. 10 Oklahoma and Centenary. Action starts at 6 p.m. (MT) from TWU’s Kitty Magee Arena.
Live results for Saturday’s quad are available by clicking on the “Live Results” link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. The link will only work after the start of the meet.
Fans can watch the meet on Saturday live online by clicking on the “Watch Live” link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will be re-directed through Texas Woman’s website.
Fans can also get live updates from the meets as well as other team information through the USU Twitter and Facebook pages - Twitter:USUGymnastics and Facebook: Utah State Gymnastics
Saturday marks USU’s second straight meet against a top-10 ranked team after competing at No. 5 Utah in the Aggies’ season-opener on Jan. 13.
“I think we’ve had a really great week of practice. We’ve put them through a lot of pressure situations and they’ve responded very well,” USU head coach Jeff Richards said. “They’ve been really working hard on figuring out who they are in and dealing with a pressure situation in being able to calm themselves down or if needed get themselves up a little bit. They saw what they needed to work on from missing a few landings and handstands last time out, so they’ve worked on doing them over and over. We had a good week of practice and are excited for this meet.”
This meet has special meaning for two Aggie freshmen. Ashley Follett moved from Flower Mound, Texas, prior to her senior year in high school to American Fork, Utah, and Sarah Landes is from nearby Edmond, Okla.
Follett competed for U.S. Gold Gymnastics Club in Texas, where she was club teammates with TWU senior Kristie Costa, who is also a Flower Mound native.
“I’m really excited for this meet, I have lots of friends and family coming, and old teammates and coaches that are coming and I’m anxious to see them all because it has been a long time,” Follett said. “I’m also really excited for this meet because I’ve competed at TWU before for state meets and I’m really looking forward to competing there again.”
Landes is also making a return to the “Red Dirt” region, as Edmond, Okla., is just 169 miles from Denton. Landes competed for Dynamo Gymnastics Club, where she was club teammates with Oklahoma sophomores Madison Mooring (Sallisaw, Okla.) and Hayden Ward (Norman, Okla.).
“My parents, sister and my grandparents are driving down and I think some of my frends are coming. I’m super excited to have them there is really cool. I’m super excited for this meet,” Landes said.
The Aggies are coming off a 191.925 score in their season-opener last Friday at No. 5 Utah, which notched a 197.400 and vaulted to No. 2 in this week’s rankings. USU posted a WAC-leading 48.850 on bars, as well as 47.950 on floor, 47.725 on beam and 47.600 on vault. Landes notched a 38.825 in the all-around to finish third in her collegiate debut. Junior teammate Amelia Montoya posted a 38.000 to place fifth in the all-around. Landes also tied for fourth on the bars with a 9.825 and was the lone Aggie in the top five of any of the four events.
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