The Hillcrest prep gymnastics team will be trying to achieve something somewhat common while team member Kim Clark will be out to set a new standard at the 1989 state gymnastics meet Friday and Saturday.
Hillcrest will be looking to repeat as the team champion, having edged Alta 181.6 to 181.4 for the '88 title. Of course, repeat winners is nothing new to gymnastics, with other multi-title teams including Alta (1986-87), West Jordan (1982-84), Cottonwood (1977-81) and Brighton (1975-76) and Jordan (1973-74) in single class or Class 4A competition. And Jordan, Union and Lehi have all won successive championships before the state meet went to the single-classification format several years ago.In fact, Hillcrest is the only team not to repeat as a major-meet titlist, having won a sole 4A title in 1985.
Meanwhile, Hillcrest's Clark, who edged teammate Janica Hayes for all-around honors last year, could be the first Utah prep gymnast ever to successfully defend her all-around title.
Clark needs to look no further than her own team to find some of the stiffest competition - Hayes, 1989 Region 2 all-around champion Jane Greenwood, Heidi Granere, Dana Benefiel and Brook Kontgias.
"Our whole team is really very close," says Hillcrest Coach Mechele Bosco, whose team beat Alta and Brighton and West Jordan for the team title last weekend in the strong Region 2. "We had the first four (all-around) spots in region and the four girls were all within a point of each other."
The two-day state meet, to be held at Hillcrest High, features team competition and individual all-around competition during Friday's preliminaries. The higher-seeded full teams begin at 11:30 a.m., while the lower-seeded teams follow at 4 p.m.
Friday's preliminaries will determine the top all-around gymnasts as well as the top teams, with the five best individual scores from each school being added to determine team placement. The team and all-around finishes will be announced at approximately 7 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, the four individual events - vault, bars, beam and floor - will be decided, with placed determined by combining the preliminary and final scores. The top 20 individuals in each event advance to Saturday's final session.
Three of last year's four individual-event champions will be back to defend their titles - Clark on the floor, Hayes on the bars and Judge Memorial's Natasha Montoya on the vault. The beam title is up for grabs, with '88 champion Whitney Elgreen of Alta having graduated.