The University of Utah retained its No. 2 ranking and Ute senior Ashley Postell kept her No. 1 ranking on balance beam and No. 2 ranking in the all-around. Southern Utah moved into the top 15 in the NCAA women's gymnastics poll released Monday.
This is the final poll of the season to be done by raw season average. Next week, things will likely scramble a bit because ratings will be fashioned by Regional Qualifying Score, an average of a team's six best scores, with half from road meets. Many teams do not yet have enough meets to have an RQS Utah, BYU and Southern Utah among them, though Utah State has an RQS of 191.040.
By next week, Utah will have enough road meets to qualify for the RQS rankings, but BYU and Southern Utah will not, and they will briefly be out of the poll.
This week, SUU has moved from 17th to 15th, BYU moved up one into a tie for 32nd, and USU moved up one place to 45th.
The Utes have four all-arounders in the top 13 Postell at No. 2, Nina Kim at No. 5, Daria Bijak at No. 12 and Kristina Baskett at No. 13. Postell at No. 1 leads a group of five ranking balance beamers from the state with Southern Utah's Ariel Lamb and Katie Hicks. In a five-way tie for No. 8, Utah's Bijak tied for 13th and BYU's Dayna Smart-Allen tied for 24th.
There are also five Utahns in the uneven bars rankings led by Baskett at fourth and Postell fifth. Bijak is tied at No. 19, and SUU's Elise Wheeler and Jenna Vogt are tied for 23rd.In vault, Postell is ninth with BYU's Allen 18th and Baskett 19th, and on floor, Postell and Kim are tied for 15th with Ute Annie DiLuzio tied for 19th.