LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head gymnastics coach Amy Smith announced the Aggies’ 2021 schedule on Saturday, a slate that features 10 competition dates, four of which will take place at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State will open the season at the second annual Rio Tinto Best of Utah NCAA Gymnastics Meet on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. The podium event, which will also feature in-state rivals BYU, Southern Utah and Utah, will be televised live on BYUtv, at 7 p.m.
The Aggies open the home portion of their schedule on Friday, Jan. 22, with a Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference (MRGC) dual meet against Southern Utah. USU remains at home the following weekend when it welcomes BYU to the Spectrum for another MRGC dual. Both meets begin at 7 p.m.
Utah State opens the month of February on the road at MRGC-rival Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m., at ExtraMile Arena. The Broncos then travel to Logan the following weekend for a dual meet on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.
After hosting Boise State, Utah State hits the road for four consecutive meets, beginning with an MRGC dual on Friday, Feb. 19, at Southern Utah, followed by a dual meet at BYU on Friday, Feb. 26.
Utah State travels to the Centennial State for a tri meet against host Denver, along with Southern Utah, on Sunday, March 7, followed by the regular-season finale at Utah on Friday, March 12.
The Aggies host the MRGC Championships on Saturday, March 20, welcoming the Broncos, Cougars and Thunderbirds to the Spectrum, at 6 p.m.
The NCAA Regional Championships are scheduled for April 4-6, at one of four sites: Columbia, Mo., Durham, N.H., Morgantown, W.Va., and Salt Lake City. The NCAA Championships are scheduled for April 16-17, in Fort Worth, Texas.
All competitions are subject to change. More information regarding home meets will be announced closer to the season.
Smith is in her fourth season at the helm of the Aggies. In 2020, she was named the MRGC Coach of the Year by her peers after leading Utah State to a 7-6-1 overall record, marking the first time since 1999 that USU ended the season with a winning record.
Smith coached the MRGC Gymnast of the Year in Autumn DeHarde and MRGC Freshman of the Year in Sofi Sullivan. DeHarde also earned MRGC co-Beam and co-Floor Specialist of the Year accolades, and was named to the first team on both events. Sullivan shared the MRGC co-Beam Specialist of the Year award with DeHarde, and also earned first-team honors on the event, as well as a first-team citation in the all-around.
Under Smith’s tutelage, Leighton Varnadore earned second-team honors on vault and in the all-around.
Before the 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aggies were ranked 29th in the nation with a National Qualifying Score (NQS) of 195.915 – the highest in school history – and were poised to advance to the NCAA Regional Championships for the first time since 2017.
Utah State defeated every MRGC rival in 2020, snapping a 22-meet losing streak to Boise State (dating back to 2012), a nine-meet losing streak to BYU (dating back to 2017) and a five-meet losing streak to Southern Utah (dating back to 2018).
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2021 UTAH STATE GYMNASTICS SCHEDULE
|Jan. 9||at Rio Tinto Best of Utah||West Valley City, Utah|
|JAN. 22||SOUTHERN UTAH*||LOGAN, UTAH|
|JAN. 29||BYU*||LOGAN, UTAH|
|Feb. 6||at Boise State*||Boise, Idaho|
|FEB. 13||BOISE STATE*||LOGAN, UTAH|
|Feb. 19||at Southern Utah*||Cedar City, Utah|
|Feb. 26||at BYU*||Provo, Utah|
|March 7||at Denver/SUU||Denver, Colo.|
|March 12||at Utah||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|MARCH 20||MRGC CHAMPIONSHIPS||LOGAN, UTAH|
|April 1-3||at NCAA Regionals||TBD|
|April 16-17||at NCAA Championships||Fort Worth, Texas|
• Home meets in BOLD and ALL CAPS
* Denotes MRGC meet