Utah State’s gymnastics program has released its 2018 schedule, first-year head coach Amy Smith announced Wednesday. The slate includes four home meets and nine total matchups with teams that finished the 2017 season ranked in the top 25.
“We are so excited to begin the 2018 competitive season,” Smith said.
The Aggies’ home schedule features three matchups with Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference foes Boise State (Friday, Feb. 2), BYU (Friday, March 2) and Southern Utah (Friday, March 16). Utah State will welcome San José State to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday, Jan. 19, for its home opener.
Boise State concluded the 2017 season ranked 13th nationally, while SUU finished 22nd.
The Aggies officially open the 2018 campaign on the road at Bowling Green on Saturday, Jan. 13. It will mark the second-straight year Utah State has begun on the road.
Sandwiched in between the SJSU and BSU home meets is a road trip to face Denver on Saturday, Jan. 27.
After hosting the Broncos, the Aggies hit the road for four-consecutive meets, beginning on Friday, Feb. 9, at the UC Davis tri-meet, which will also include Sacramento State. Utah State then visits MRGC foes Southern Utah on Monday, Feb. 12, and Boise State on Friday, Feb. 16.
The Aggies cap their season-long road swing by competing in the Elevate the Stage meet against Michigan, Denver and Bowling Green at the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio. The Wolverines and Pioneers finished the 2017 campaign ranked ninth and 10th, respectively.
"To compete against teams that were represented at NCAA Nationals, such as Michigan and Denver, will only strengthen us competitively as we push to get back to the national championships,” Smith said. “Additionally, the Elevate the Stage meet is on a podium, which will be invaluable competitive experience for our team.”
Utah State returns to the friendly confines of the Spectrum on March 2 to host BYU, then make a return trip to Provo on Friday, March 9, facing the Cougars, Penn State and Texas Woman’s.
In-state rival Southern Utah rolls into the Spectrum on Friday, March 16, for the Aggies’ final home meet.
On Saturday, March 24, Utah State heads to Cedar City for the MRGC Championships. The Aggies hosted the conference championships in 2017 and placed second with a team score of 196.100 – the best score USU had ever produced in a conference championship meet, the fifth-best home score in school history and the ninth-best overall.
The NCAA Regional Championships will be held April 7, at one of six pre-determined sites: Salt Lake City, Utah; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Raleigh, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; University Park, Pennsylvania; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.