Utah's gymnastics team set to open season Friday

Published: Thursday, Jan. 6 2005 12:00 a.m. MST

Postell likely would have been an Olympian last summer, had she not battled illness and a shoulder injury that kept her from qualifying. She's a two-time world championship competitor and 2003 U.S. floor champion.

Fellow freshmen Katie Kivisto, from the same Florida club that produced two-time Ute MVP Suzanne Metz, and Jessica Duke, of Sandy, are both former international elites. "All three are capable of contributing immediately," Marsden said.

Duke is hindered by bone spurs, similar to what Eberle had last year. Marsden hopes to ease her through the season like Eberle in 2004, but she will need postseason surgery. "Unfortunately, it made itself known at an awkward time to be ready for this first meet. We've got to get her off it a little bit," he said.

Eberle also has an injury, 15 stitches in a shin From a Christmas vacation accident that she covers so well Marsden didn't even know about it for a couple days in the gym. "She's never skipped a beat, missed a workout or used it to get out of anything," he said.

U. gymnastics roster


Name Ht. Class Hometown

D'Oliveira, Dominique 5-5 Jr. Johannesburg, So. Africa

Duke, Jessica 5-4 Fr. Sandy

Eberle, Annabeth 5-5 Sr. Reno, Nev.

Ford, Nicolle 5-2 So. Binghamton, N.Y.

Hofmann, Gritt 5-1 Sr. Berlin, Germany

Kivisto, Katie 5-0 Fr. Boca Raton, Fla.

Lim, Stephanie 5-0 So. The Woodlands, Texas

Nicoloff, Natalie 5-1 Jr. Hermitage, Pa.

Onodi, Gabriella 5-1 Jr. Budapest, Hungary

Postell, Ashley 5-2 Fr. Burke, Va.

Riffanacht, Kristen 5-3 Jr. Cheshire, Conn.

Tidd, Rachel 5-2 So. Fallbrook, Calif.

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