Utah Utes gymnastics: U. gymnasts climb back into 2nd

Published: Monday, March 24 2008 12:19 a.m. MDT

Their second-highest road score of the season put the Utah Utes back into second place in the NCAA women's gymnastics poll this week after a one-week stay at third.

Utah's 197.425-196.325 victory over fourth-ranked Michigan, which was 18-0 going into its senior night meet in Ann Arbor on Saturday, left the Utes' Regional Qualifying Score, which determines the rankings, at 197.210. That's up .145 point from last week and now .095 point behind No. 1 Georgia. The University of Florida fell back to third, though it did not compete and has the same RQS as last week, 197.090.

Ute senior Ashley Postell added .045 to her all-around RQS to increase her hold on No. 1, and she remains the top-ranked vaulter and beamwalker in the country, while the Utes kept their No. 1 ranking in team vaulting.

Utah has one regular-season meet left when No. 28 Brigham Young (194.71) visits the Huntsman Center Friday night at 7 for Utah's senior night. Southern Utah and Utah State are at the Western Athletic Conference championships at Boise State Saturday.

The NCAA regionals will be held April 12 at six sites, and the NCAA championships are April 24-26 at Georgia.

Southern Utah improved its RQS .41 point to 194.89 and moved up four places this week to 24th. The Cougars moved up one place, and Utah State put .15 onto its RQS to bump the Aggies up to 193.20 and 40th from 41st.

Individually, Utah's Kristina Baskett remains seventh in the all-around ratings and moved up to a tie for third on bars while remaining sixth in vaulting. Ute Annie DiLuzio moved to 15th on floor, with Postell tied for fourth. Southern Utah's Elise Wheeler is tied for 18th on bars.

The Utes rank second on beam, with SUU 24th. On bars, Utah is fourth and SUU 11th. Utah is third on floor with BYU 24th.

NCAA women's gymnastics rankings

by regional qualifying score

Rank ... RQS ... average ... high score

1. Georgia ... 197.305 ... 197.106 ... 197.900

2. Utah ... 197.210 ... 196.930 ... 197.750

3. Florida ... 197.090 ... 196.850 ... 197.925

4. Michigan ... 196.825 ... 196.523 ... 197.600

5. LSU ... 196.695 ... 196.296 ... 197.775

6. Alabama ... 196.670 ... 196.493 ... 197.300

7. Oregon State ... 196.530 ... 195.995 ... 197.200

8. UCLA ... 196.465 ... 196.011 ... 196.925

9. Oklahoma ... 196.450 ... 196.019 ... 196.750

10. Stanford ... 196.360 ... 196.067 ... 197.375

24. Southern Utah ... 194.890 ... 194.475 ... 196.000

28. Brigham Young ... 194.710 ... 194.205 ... 196.300

40. Utah State ... 193.200 ... 192.133 ... 194.450


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