Utah State gymnasts Rebecca Holliday, Paige Jones and Sarah Landes will be in action at the NCAA North Central Regional Championships on Saturday, April 7, hosted by the University of Utah at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Action starts at 6 p.m.
“We’re really excited to be here at regionals and continuing our season,” USU head coach Jeff Richards said. “We really like being here at Utah. It’s close to home so it can be like a home meet, and our fans can come cheer us on. We’re familiar with the environment here, and the fans are always supportive of us, which is a huge benefit and a big positive for us. We’re excited and ready to go.”
All three Aggies will be competing in the all-around. Holliday, a senior, and Landes, a freshman, are making their first NCAA regional appearances, while sophomore Jones is making her second after competing on floor and vault last year.
“I’m excited to be here and be close to home so our fans, friends and families can come watch us compete and cheer for us,” Holliday said. “I’ve been in this arena before, so I know what to expect with the equipment and surroundings with the crowd. We’re excited.”
The three Aggie gymnasts will be joined at the North Central Regional Championships by fellow WAC foe San Jose State, along with Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa State, Arizona State and host Utah. USU’s three all-arounders will be joined by BYU’s Raquel Willman and Linnaea Hance of Air Force. BYU's Krysten Koval is the individual qualifier on floor and Southern Utah’s Alyssa Click is the individual qualifier on beam.
Holliday will rotate with Iowa State, while Jones will be with Minnesota and Landes will be with Utah. For the first rotation, Holliday will be on vault, Jones will have a bye before bars and Landes will have a bye before floor. The second rotation has Holliday on a bye before bars, Jones on bars and Landes on floor. For the third rotation, Holliday is on bars, Jones is on beam and Landes is on vault.
In the fourth rotation, Holliday is on beam while Jones has a bye before floor. Landes has a bye before bars. The fifth rotation slates Holliday on a bye before floor, Jones on floor and Landes on bars. In the sixth and final rotation, Holliday is on floor while Jones is on vault and Landes is on beam.
Live results for Saturday’s NCAA Regional Championships are available by clicking on the “Live Results” link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official website of USU athletics. Note that the links will only work after the start of the meet.
Tickets for the NCAA North Central Regional Championships range from $4 to $16 and can be purchased by phone at 801-581-UTIX (8849).
Fans can also get live updates from the meets as well as other team information through the USU gymnastics’ Twitter and Facebook pages — Twitter: www.twitter.com/USUGymnastics and Facebook: Utah State Gymnastics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.