March 19, 2007
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The No. 5 ranked Utah gymnastics team (11-3) holds its final regular-season home meet on Friday, Mar. 23 at 7 p.m. The Utes will host longtime rival Arizona State (2-7) on Senior Night.
SHORT PEOPLE APPRECIATION NIGHT
All fans standing 4-foot-10 or shorter will be admitted free of charge to this Friday's meet. Life-sized Sarah Shire
cutouts located by each entrance of the Huntsman Center will serve as the measuring stick for free tickets. Shire is Utah's shortest gymnast, standing 4-foot-11 inches. Tickets may be purchased online (utahtickets.com), at the box office and by phone (801-581-UTIX).
QUEEN FOR THE DAY
Seven-time All-American Nicolle "Queenie" Ford, the Utes' sole senior, will be honored in a pre-meet ceremony this Friday. Ford plans to make her return to the all-around lineup after recovering from an ankle injury that limited her to just four routines in the last three meets. She has Utah's best scores of the year on bars (9.95) and floor (9.95), and her 39.625 all-around high is the second-best by a Ute this season. Ford is currently tied for third in the nation on the uneven bars.
Utah moved up two places in the rankings to No. 5 after its key victory over No. 10 Oregon State last week ... Utah is averaging 11,172 fans to its home meets this season ... Utah's 196.675-196.600 victory over No. 10 Oregon State in Corvallis was its first road win over a top 10 team this year ... The Utes are 6-1 in the Huntsman Center ... Utah is 4-0 against the Pac-10 this year, with two wins over Washington and victories over UCLA and Oregon State ... Utah has just one regular season meet remaining after this Friday's competition with Arizona State. The Utes close their regular season slate at Brigham Young on Mar. 30.
has won the uneven bar title in both meets since missing the Nebraska trip with an ankle injury. She scored a 9.925 and 9.95 against Florida and Oregon State, respectively ... Three Utes set or tied season highs on vault last week at OSU: Kristina Baskett
(9.95), Annie DiLuzio
(9.90) and Sarah Shire
(9.875). Utah's 49.425 team total tied its season vault best ... Three Utes have combined for all of the team's individual titles this year: Baskett (17), Postell (16) and Ford (13) ... Baskett has won at least one individual title in every meet to date ... Baskett has the best all-around mark by a Ute this year (39.70), followed by Ford (39.625) and Postell (39.55).