March 15, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY -
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For the complete release, including rankings, please download the PDF document attached. Below are a few notes on this week's meet with Arizona State.
Friday is the final regular season home meet for the Utah gymnastics team, which in a pre-meet ceremony, will honor its two seniors and dozens of alumni gymnasts on hand to celebrate the 30th year of the program's existence ... Alumni introductions will start at 6:45 p.m., followed by the senior presentation for Annabeth Eberle
and Gritt Hofmann
... The meet between No. 2 Utah (10-2) and Arizona State (6-7) is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ... The Utah-ASU meet will be televised by KJZZ-14 and shown tape-delayed, Saturday, Mar. 19 at 5 p.m. MST. The KJZZ talent will be Steve Brown (play by play), former Ute All-American Missy Marlowe (color analyst) and Audrey Piper (sidelines) ... Utah's attendance average of 11,317 is currently best in the nation, ahead of second-place Alabama (10,545). Utah has won 20 of the last 23 national attendance titles, with Alabama winning the other three--including last year's ... Tickets to the meet are also available at the Huntsman Center box office by calling 801-581-UTIX and online at www.UtahUtes.com.
30TH CELEBRATION FRIDAY
As part of its 30-year anniversary as a varsity program, the Utah gymnastics team will welcome back its alumni at this Friday's meet. A pre-meet ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m., when the alumni will be introduced on the competition floor. Over 50 former gymnasts and their families will be on hand for the event.
Friday is the final regular season home competition for seniors Annabeth Eberle
and Gritt Hofmann
. Eberle, a four-time All-American and the 2004 NCAA runner-up on vault, holds seven of Utah's top 10 all-time all-around scores (including ties). She has five career 10.0's, 57 career victories and is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation in the all-around. Hofmann, the 2004 NCAA regional floor exercise champion, has been a three-event starter for Utah when healthy. She is currently battling a wrist injury and a broken finger. She will compete last up on floor, where she has two victories this year.
THE HOME STRETCH
Utah's final regular season meet is Saturday, Mar. 26 against Brigham Young in Provo, Utah. The Utes will then host the NCAA North Central Regional on Saturday, April 9 starting at 6 p.m. in the Huntsman Center. The regional fields will be designated on Monday, Mar. 28. The top 18 teams, nationally, based on RQS, will be seeded and paired into the six regions (three per region). Utah, as the home team, will stay at home regardless of its seed. The remaining three regional slots will be filled from within the region. All-around competitors and event specialists remain in region.
For the second straight week, Utah has four all-arounders ranked in the top 20 and three in the top 10. Freshman Ashley Postell
(39.535 regional qualifying score) leads the way at No. 3. Nicolle Ford
(39.425 RQS) is No. 4, Annabeth Eberle
(39.405) is No. 6 and Rachel Tidd
(39.255) is No. 19.