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Utah Utes gymnastics: Red Rocks give annual fan preview

Published: Friday, Dec. 12 2008 12:18 a.m. MST

The University of Utah women's gymnastics team, ranked No. 2 in this year's preseason poll, will stage its sixth annual Red Rocks Preview tonight beginning at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.

Admission is free.

"We're going to run the preview just like a meet," said coach Greg Marsden, noting there will be band, cheerleaders and a video wall as well as kids' zones and free face-painting on the concourse.

In addition, free team posters will be available. After the Ute gymnasts compete in their intra-squad meet, they will sign posters for fans, who are encouraged to bring their cameras and get photos taken with their favorite Ute gymnasts or with life-sized team cutouts which will be on hand.

Season tickets will also be on sale during tonight's preview. The Utes' home schedule this season will include teams like UCLA (Jan. 9), Washington (Jan. 23), BYU/Southern Utah/Texas (Feb. 6), Michigan (Feb. 20), Arizona State (March 6) and Florida (March 13).

Utah, a 10-time national champion and the NCAA runner-up in each of the past three seasons, returns five All-Americans from last year's team.

2009 University of Utah women's gymnastics roster

Name ... ht ... .event ... class ... hometown ... club

Baskett, Kristina ... 5-1 ... All-Around ... SR ... Normandy Park, Wash ... .Puget Sound Gymnastics

Beers, Cortni ... 5-3 ... All-Around ... FR ... Tulsa, OK ... Krafft Academy of Gymnastics

Bijak, Daria ... 5-2 ... All-Around ... JR ... Cologne, Germany ... Turnteam Toyota Cologne

Deetscreek, Jamie ... 5-3 ... All-Around ... JR ... Hatboro, Pa ... .Ricochets Gymnastics

DiLuzio, Annie ... 5-3 ... All-Around ... JR ... Folsom, Calif ... .Byers Gymnastics

Johnson, Jacquelyn ... 5-3 ... All-Around ... SO ... West Chester, Ohio ... Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy

Kim, Nina ... 5-3 ... All-Around ... SR ... Houston, Texas ... World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA)

Mackie, Gael ... 5-2 ... All-Around ... SO ... Vancouver, B.C ... .Omega Gymnastics Academy

McAllister, Stephanie ... 5-2 ... All-Around ... FR ... Indianapolis, IN ... Wright's Gymnastics

Rizzo, Beth ... 5-0 ... Vault, Floor ... JR ... Hoffman Estates, Ill ... .Buffalo Grove Gymnastics

Robarts, Kyndal ... 5-4 ... All-Around ... SO ... San Marcos, Texas ... USA Aerial Athletics

2009 University of Utah women's gymnstics schedule

Date/Opponent/Event Location/Time

12/12/08 Red Rocks Preview Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT

01/09/09 vs. UCLA Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT

01/19/09 at Georgia Athens, Ga. 4:00 p.m. ET

01/23/09 vs. Washington Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT

01/30/09 at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. 7:00 p.m. PT

02/06/09 vs. BYU, SUU, Texas Woman's Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT

02/09/09 at Utah State Logan, Utah 7:00 p.m. MT

02/13/09 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 7:00 p.m. CT

02/20/09 vs. Michigan Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT

03/06/09 vs. Arizona State Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT

03/13/09 vs. Florida Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT

03/20/09 at Brigham Young Provo, Utah 7:00 p.m. MT

04/04/09 at NCAA Regionals TBA TBA

04/16/09 at NCAA Championships-Prelims Lincoln, Neb. TBA

04/17/09 vs. NCAA Championships-Super Six Lincoln, Neb. TBA

04/18/09 at NCAA Championships-Event Finals Lincoln, Neb. TBA

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