Gymnastics Preps For Pair of Meets This Weekend
Jan. 16, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State gymnastics team is set to open the home portion of its 2014 schedule on Friday, Jan. 17 inside Reynolds Coliseum. The Pack will host eighth-ranked Michigan, Towson and North Carolina, beginning at 7 p.m.
“I’m really excited about having our first home competition of the year,” said head coach Mark Stevenson. “We have a great team in Michigan coming to town. We’ll see UNC again after they beat us at their place last weekend. Towson is coming in as well and they’re a much improved team since Vicki [Chliszczyk] took over three years ago. It should be a good competition and we’re hoping to have a strong fan base.”
The Wolfpack will look to build off its success from the season opener, as sophomore Brittni Watkins claimed EAGL Gymnast of the Week honors after winning the all-around title at UNC last weekend with a score of 39.325. In addition, senior Hannah Fallanca captured the title on beam with a score of 9.925.
Friday’s meet will be State’s first quad meet of the season. Mini posters and the first set of the 2014 trading cards will be available for the first 300 fans in attendance. In addition, the team will participate in a post-meet autograph session.
State will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 19 at Kent State, in a Beauty and The Beast competition alongside the NC State wrestling team. The meet is slated to begin at 2 p.m.
“We’ll be participating in a Beauty and The Beast meet with gymnastics and wrestling on Sunday at Kent State,” Stevenson said. “That’ll be a lot of fun. We don’t’ get to do those too often, but we’ll have two this year with the one we’re hosting the following week.”
Kent State enters the weekend with a 1-0 record on the season after defeating Southeast Missouri State with a team score of 194.725.
“It’s going to be a really hectic couple of weeks, but I think it’ll be a lot of fun,” Stevenson said. “We’ve got some really good competition coming in. I think the team is getting closer to being ready and getting some of our injured kids back.”
Tickets for Friday’s meet are $5 for adults (18 & older), $3 for senior citizens (65 & older) and free for children (17 & under). Live video for Friday’s meet can be found on GoPack All-Access, while live stats can be found here.