Utah couldn't quite get off the dime the way Coach Greg Marsden would have liked, but about everything else went a pleasant way for both the Utes and Utah State in a women's gymnastics meet Saturday night at the Spectrum.
Utah, the nation's No. 1-ranked team, broke its own Spectrum scoring record and had the second-best Utah score ever as junior Kris Takahashi made a big recovery from earlier injuries and won the all-around, and Utah State broke its school scoring record by nearly 11/2 points.Utah scored 191.6 to Utah State's 188.9, which was 1.4 better than the school record the Aggies set in their last meet, 187.5.
Takahashi, in her first all-around performance of the season after a preseason elbow injury and a midseason setback because of an auto accident, scored 38.35. She was followed by senior teammate Hilarie Portell with 38.25 and Ute sophomore Jessica Smith with 38.25.
Smith set a Spectrum record in vaulting, scoring 9.75.
Utah State's two top all-arounders scored career bests. Tana Call-Davis scored 37.85 and Patty Delaney totaled 37.75. Freshman Cami Card added 37.75.
"We're stuck hitting 20 routines a night," said Marsden, whose team counted a couple of misses in floor exercise and falls in vaulting. "I'd like to have 22 of 24."
Marsden said he was shocked at having three misses (two counted) in floor exercise, as several Utes missed double-backs.
"It's a bizarre thing," Marsden added, saying it's not always the same people who are missing.
"We're not going to miss floor routines and expect to win (the national championship)," Marsden said.
"We're trying to get ready for the end, but we're not there yet," said Marsden, whose team has reached the top four scores in school history in the past six weeks.
While the Utes weren't great in their first and last events, they put up a school-record 48.55 score on uneven bars, led by Missy Marlowe's 9.8 that ties the school record for an individual. Shelly Schaerrer added 9.75 and Pinnick 9.7. Utah also scored 48.00 on beam, just .1 off its school record.
Utah State, which has school-record totals in its last three meets, scored a season-best 46.7 on beam, where it often has problems, and tied Utah's 47.7 vaulting score, Brenda Scholl tying the school record with a 9.7.
Coach Ray Corn was happy with the total and that the Aggies did better on floor and beam. They were aggressive and didn't hold back, and they are gaining consistency.
Utah State has another home meet Monday night at 7 against Missouri; Utah's last regular-season meet is March 13 when BYU visits. BYU will be the site of the High Country Athletic Conference championships on March 18.