Utah's gymnasts have one last chance tonight at third-ranked Florida at 5 p.m. MST to put together a complete road meet. One last chance to earn a good road total and solidify their Regional Qualifying Score and get a good seed for the postseason.
"I don't know. We've traditionally struggled down there. It's a long trip, and we've had a hard time going down there and doing a good job, so this will be a challenge for us," said coach Greg Marsden, whose team leapfrogged the Gators in this week's standings, going from sixth to second.
But Marsden doubts 10-1 Utah can stay second if it doesn't at least replace that 195.825, which is its third-best away score and still counts toward the RQS that determines postseason seed.
"We're counting scores that we don't want to count because we haven't had a complete meet on the road," he said.
He had hoped the Feb. 24 meet at BYU would have produced a nice score, but Utah struggled on floor and beam, and now he has to hope that a Gator club that's been ranked second or third most of the season is enough of a challenge. "It seems to be much more about their perception of things and if it's important enough to them," he said.
The Utes had four good practices this week, Marsden said, and he has heard some positive chatter about the meet. "They know it's going to be very similar to what we saw with Georgia," he said about Utah's March 6 meet with the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs, who won 197.10-197.075 in the Huntsman Center.Utah concludes the regular season hosting BYU March 24.