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Jacq Johnson and the Utes host Short People Appreciation Night on Friday vs. Oregon State, Penn State and SUU.

Jacq Johnson and the Utes host Short People Appreciation Night on Friday vs. Oregon State, Penn State and SUU.

March 8, 2010


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No. 9 Utah (7-2) invites a trio of nationally-ranked opponents into the Huntsman Center on Friday, Mar. 12. The Utes will contest No. 8 Oregon State (10-2), No. 18 Penn State (13-4) and No. 21 Southern Utah (7-2). It is Utah's annual Short People Appreciation Night, and anyone standing 5-foot-2 or shorter will receive a free general admission ticket. The meet starts at 7 p.m. Live scores and video can be found at www.utahutes.com.


Utah is averaging 13,959 fans to its home meets this season, including an NCAA record crowd of 15,552 for its meet against Georgia on Jan. 22 and 14,726 against Nebraska on Mar. 5 ... Cardboard cutouts of Utah's four seniors will be placed outside each Huntsman Center entrance on Friday and will serve as a measuring stick for "Short People Appreciation Night" participants ... Utah is ranked No. 9 for the third straight week ... The Utes recorded their highest score of the season last week in a win over Nebraska--a 196.575 ... Gael Mackie (ankle) should be available this week on bars, but Katelyn Mohr (back) and Beth Rizzo (toe) remain questionable ... Kyndal Robarts, who is tied for fifth in the nation on the vault with a 9.920 regional qualifying score (RQS), saw her streak of vault victories stopped at seven last week. Robarts had been Utah's top vault finisher in all eight meets, prior to taking third last Friday ... Annie DiLuzio has six wins on floor, where she is currently tied for fifth in the nation with a 9.910 RQS ... Utah has three all-arounders ranked in the top 20: Daria Bijak is 13th (39.335 RQS), Jamie Deetscreek is 19th (39.215 RQS) and Robarts is 20th (39.195 RQS) ... In its two losses, Utah won just one individual title (Robarts on vault vs. Michigan). In the seven wins, a Ute has won 33 of the 35 event/all-around titles ... Ute winners are Deetscreek (11), Bijak (10), DiLuzio (10). Robarts (8) and Cortni Beers (1) ... Three Utes are without a fall this season: Robarts (34-34), Beers (17-17), and Rizzo (9-9).


This week's top 10 includes Alabama (197.155), Oklahoma (196.920), UCLA (196.900), Florida (196.685), Georgia (196.615), Stanford (196.450), Arkansas (196.375), Oregon State (196.355), Utah (196.220) and LSU (196.110). For the complete top 25, please see page 3.

Event        Utah Rank/RQS   Individual/Rank/RQS
All-Around   --              13   Daria Bijak/39.335
                             19   Jamie Deetscreek/39.215
                             20   Kyndal Robarts/39.195
Vault        5   49.235      5-T  Kyndal Robarts/9.920
Bars         12  48.990      14-T Daria Bijak/9.870
Beam         8-T 48.970      8-T  Jamie Deetscreek/9.885
Floor        8   49.160      5-T  Annie DiLuzio/9.910


Coach: Tanya Chaplin
Coach's Record/Year at School: 233-147-1/13th
Coach's Career Record/Year: same
2010 Record: 10-2
National Rank: No. 8
2010 High: 196.925
2009 NCAA Finish: 11th
Team Notes: Both of OSU's losses have come in the last two meets. The Beavers lost to then No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 LSU after starting the season 10-0 ... season-high 196.925 came in road win over Arizona State on Feb. 26 ... this Friday's meet is the fourth road meet in a row for OSU ... top all-arounders are Mandi Rodriguez (39.55 high) and Makala Stambaugh (39.50 high) ... Rodriguez leads team with 18 wins, followed by Stambaugh with 15.


Coach: Steve Shephard
Coach's Record/Year at School: 251-139-2/18th
Coach's Career Record/Year: same
2010 Record: 13-4
National Rank: No. 18
2010 High: 196.725
2009 NCAA Finish: 9th
Team Notes: Beat No. 12 Michigan last week at home ... top all-arounders are Brandi Personett (39.700) and Sharaya Musser (39.600) ... Personett is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the all-around (39.480 RQS) and on vault (9.935). She has a 10.0 on vault this season.


Coach: Scott Bauman
Coach's Record/Year at School: 155-181-1/19th
Coach's Career Record/Year: same
2010 Record: 7-2
National Rank: No. 21
2010 High: 195.425
2009 NCAA Finish: DNQ
Team Notes: Opened the season with seven straight wins before falling to Boise State and Iowa in the last two weeks ... scored a season-best 195.425 in loss to Boise State on Feb. 26 ... All-America all-arounder Elise Wheeler scored a career-best 39.550 against Boise State.



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