Jan. 16, 2007
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The No. 3-ranked Utah gymnastics team (1-0) hosts Washington (1-1) on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. (MST) in the Huntsman Center ... Utah opened its season last Friday with a 196.326-195.975 win over UCLA ... Tickets for this Friday's meet against Washington are available online at www.Utahtickets.com and by phone at 801-581-UTIX ... Free live scoring and video streaming are available at www.UtahUtes.com.
Utah coach Greg Marsden
is going for career win No. 850 this Friday against Washington. Marsden is 849-148-5 in his 32nd year at the U. helm ... Utah's first two meets of the 2006 season were also against UCLA and Washington. The Utes picked up a pair of road wins against the Pac-10 foes a year ago ... Like Utah, Washington faced UCLA in its 2007 season opener, losing to the Bruins in Los Angeles 194.0-188.175 ... Ranked No. 2 in the preseason coaches poll, the Utes slipped a place to No. 3 in the new rankings, which are based on total season average ... Utah is one of three schools (Florida and Georgia are the others) to score a 196.0 or better in its first meet.
Utah's defending NCAA uneven bar champion Kristina Baskett
hails from the Seattle suburb of Normandy Park, Wash. Baskett began her sophomore season with a bang last Friday--winning the all-around and every event except the uneven bars (she placed second with a 9.90) against UCLA. Baskett's 39.60 all-around score vs. UCLA is the best in the nation this year.
Utah's lineup for the Washington meet should be quite similar to that used against UCLA, with Ashley Postell
, Kristina Baskett
, Nicolle Ford
and Jessica Duke
going all-around, Nina Kim
and Annie DiLuzio
doing three events, and Katie Kivisto
competing on bars an floor. On bars, look for freshman Daria Bijak
to make her first appearance of the season in some capacity. Bijak, who is recovering from Nov. 17 knee surgery, may opt to compete in an exhibition role in her first collegiate meet. If Bijak lands in the starting lineup by the end of the week, then Kivisto will probably make an exhibition appearance on Friday.
Sophomore Kristina Baskett
earned four victories in last week's meet against UCLA. Baskett, who scored a 9.90 on all four events, won the all-around (39.60), vault, beam and floor. She tied for first on the floor with Ashley Postell
(9.90). Senior Nicolle Ford
made it a Ute sweep by winning the uneven bars with a 9.925 ... Career all-around highs in the opening meet came from Baskett (39.60) and junior Jessica Duke
(39.00). Personal bests on individual events against UCLA came from Baskett on beam (9.90), Duke on beam (9.675) and junior Katie Kivisto
on floor (9.80) ... Freshman Annie DiLuzio
lived up to her recruiting hype in her first collegiate meet: DiLuzio scored a 9.85 on vault, 9.775 on beam and 9.825 on floor ... Performing in exhibition for the Utes against UCLA were a pair of freshmen. Jamie Deetscreek
performed on three events as a non-scoring competitor, faring best on the vault (9.70). Beth Rizzo
received a 9.80 for her exhibition floor routine.
is ranked No. 1 in the first national all-around rankings of the season for her 39.60 against UCLA on Jan. 12. Ashley Postell's
39.275 is the ninth-best average in the nation so far. Baskett has the second best beam average in the Jan. 15 rankings (9.90), and she and Postell are tied for the third-best floor score (9.90). Nicolle Ford's
9.925 bar score last week is tied for third and Baskett is tied for fourth on vault (9.90).
Utah leads the series with Washington 33-0-1, including a 14-0 home slate ... The blemish on Utah's perfect record came in 2001 in Seattle, when the Huskies pulled out a tie on the final routine by scoring a 10.0 ... Utah has won six straight since the 196.725-196.725 tie in '01 ... The Utes won a 195.625-193.325 decision in Seattle last year.
Washington is under the direction of a new head coach this season. Joanne Bowers, an assistant for the nationally-ranked University of Michigan program for the past five seasons, takes over for Bob Levesque--UW's coach from 1991-2006. Bowers is 1-1 at UW, with a 193.0-191.4 win over Utah State last week in Seattle and a 194.0-188.175 loss at UCLA the previous week. Her career mark of 35-50 includes five years as the head coach at Illinois State (1990-93) and Kent State (1998-01). The top Husky all-arounder is senior Chelsea Bakken, who scored a career-high 39.025 against USU last week.