March 13, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY -
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The No. 2-ranked Utah gymnastics team competes at No. 3 Florida on Friday, Mar. 17 in Gainesville, Fla. ... It is the last regular season road meet of the season for Utah (10-1), which also has just one home meet remaining (Mar. 24 vs. Brigham Young) ... Utah is 5-0 on the road this season ... Florida (15-2) is the second top-three team the Utes have faced in as many weeks. Utah lost to No. 1 Georgia by 0.025 on Mar. 6 ... Including the preseason poll, this marks the sixth week the Utes have been ranked No. 2 ... Live scoring and commentary for the meet can be found at UtahUtes.com.
INJURIES STRIKE UTES
Sophomore Katie Kivisto
dislocated her elbow in pre-meet warm-ups on March 10 and will miss the remainder of the season. Kivisto, a native of Boca Raton, Fla., was Utah's lead-off bar worker. Sunday in practice, senior Gabriella Onodi
sprained her ankle and is questionable to compete on Friday. Onodi was scheduled to replace Kivisto in the bar lineup and was also probable to compete on the beam. The Utes have now lost three gymnasts for the season to injury: Junior All-America all-arounder Rachel Tidd
announced her retirement in December due to back problems, senior Natalie Nicoloff
suffered a season-ending elbow injury on Feb. 23 and Kivisto met the same fate on Mar. 10. Utah will be down to eight scholarship athletes if Onodi can't compete.
or Gabriella Onodi
will lead Utah off on bars vs. Florida ... Utah will stay in Orlando and bus to Gainesville for the meet ... Utah has counted at least one fall (two at BYU) in every road meet to date ... Four Utes have scored a 39.35 or better in the all-around: Postell (39.65), Nicolle Ford
(39.55), Kristina Baskett
(39.40) and Nina Kim
(39.35) ... Top Ute individual event scorers are Baskett on vault (9.975), Ford on bars (9.975), and Postell on beam (9.975) and floor (9.925) ... Ute winners include: Baskett (15), Ford (12), Postell (12), Gritt Hofmann
(5), Jessica Duke
(1) and Kim (1) ... Ford is Utah's only gymnast without a fall this year (36-36).
Junior All-American Nicolle Ford
is ranked No. 4 in the nation on bars (9.905 regional qualifying score), No. 8 on beam (9.885) and No. 11 in the all-around (39.365). Freshman Kristina Baskett
ranks No. 9 on both vault (9.895) and bars (9.885). Sophomore All-American Ashley Postell
holds Utah's best event ranking this week, checking in at No. 3 on the beam (9.915).