No. 1 ranked Utes win gymnast, coach, administrator awards

Published: Thursday, April 7 2005 12:00 a.m. MDT

For the first time ever, the University of Utah gymnastics team has swept the annual NCAA region awards. Greg Marsden was named the North Central Region head coach of the year, Megan Marsden assistant coach of the year, Ashley Postell gymnast of the year and Liz Abel administrator of the year. The awards are voted on by the region coaches.
Greg Marsden has led his team to a No. 1 national ranking — a position it has held for eight of the 12 weeks of the regular season. Utah goes into the regional championships ranked No. 1 for the first time since 1993. Megan Marsden coaches the balance beam, where Utah is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation — its highest apparatus ranking.
Postell, Utah's freshman sensation, is ranked No. 1 in the nation on the balance beam, No. 4 in the all-around and No. 9 on the vault. She leads Utah with 21 victories and has two perfect 10.0 scores on the balance beam. In Utah's season-opening victory against then No. 1 UCLA, she set a new school record for best all-around debut by a freshman, scoring a 39.625 and tying for first place. Postell completed her first 43 routines without a fall and is 44 of 45 going into the postseason.
She is the sixth straight Utah regional MVP, following current senior Annabeth Eberle (2004), Melissa Vituj (2003), Shannon Bowles (2002) and Deidra Graham (2000-01).
Abel, Utah's associate athletics director, received the region's top administrator award for the fourth straight year.

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