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Utah State gymnastics in quad meet Saturday

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Jan. 20 2012 8:14 p.m. MST

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.

Landes currently ranks third in the WAC on bars, ranking tied for third in the region and tied for 32nd in the country with her 9.825. She also is fourth in the conference, seventh in the region and 40th in the nation in the all-around with 38.825. Landes also is tied for ninth in the conference and tied for 17th in the region on beam (9.700) as well as tied for 26th in the region on vault (9.675). Montoya is the Aggies’ top floor performer, ranking tied for 19th in the region (9.725), as well as also ranking 18th in the region and 86th in the nation in all-around (38.000).

The Aggies will return home to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday, Jan. 27 when they will host a tri-meet with current WAC opponent Southern Utah and former WAC foe No. 17 Boise State. That is the first of a four-meet homestand for USU.

For Utah State 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 atwww.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the “buy/renew tickets” under the “tickets” drop down menu.

Fans can follow the Aggie gymnastics program at USUGymnastics or on Facebook at UtahStategymnastics Aggies. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.

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