"This is always a great way to get our season started," head coach Scott Bauman said. "We have a lot of new faces this year and it will give each of them a chance to compete in front of a loud fan base and will really prepare them for the season."
The meet will be the first collegiate competition for more than half of Southern Utah's roster as the 2014 squad includes seven true freshmen and three redshirt freshmen. In addition to the youth, SUU also has a solid core returning that includes redshirt senior Alyssa Click, five juniors and three sophomores.
The meet will also aim to answer fans' questions about the sport and provide insight and information about what to look for during the season. The evening will be a condensed version of what fans will see during the year as only four routines will be counted towards the team score on vault, bars and beam and only three routines will be counted on floor.
Following the meet, fans are encouraged to pick up a signed poster of the 2014 Thunderbirds in the west concourse of the Centrum Arena.