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No. 2 Ute Gymnasts Host BYU In Deseret Duel

Senior Ashley Postell will compete in the Huntsman Center for the last time Friday.

Senior Ashley Postell will compete in the Huntsman Center for the last time Friday.

March 24, 2008


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The last home and regular season meet for the No. 2 ranked Utah gymnastics team is Friday, Mar. 28 against Brigham Young. Start time for the Deseret First Credit Union Face Off is 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center. Seniors Ashley Postell, Jessica Duke and Katie Kivisto will be honored in a pre-meet ceremony. Tickets are available to the meet at utahutes.com, the box office and by phone (801-581-UTIX).


Utah's meet with BYU will be televised tape delayed locally (KTVX ABC-4), regionally (The Mtn.) and nationally (CSTV). Dates and times of the broadcasts are listed below:

KTVX ABC-4March 30, 2 p.m. (MDT)
The Mtn. April 1, 8 p.m. (MDT)
CSTV April 9, 6 p.m. (MDT)


Friday's meet against BYU will count toward the Deseret Duel standings, with three points awarded to the winner. The Ute gymnasts picked up three points on Feb. 8 with their 196.700-193.925 win over the Cougars in Provo. Overall, Utah trails BYU 28-19 in the 2007-08 Deseret Duel standings.


Utah will learn its NCAA Regional destination from the NCAA office on Monday, Mar. 31 at 3 p.m. MDT, three days after its final home meet. The regional championships will be held on April 12 on the campuses of LSU, Minnesota, Penn State, Oklahoma, Florida and Oregon State ... Utah has returned to No. 2 in the national rankings after one week at No. 3. It marks the eighth week the Utes have been ranked No. 2 ... Utah is 6-1 against ranked teams, with wins over (then) No. 1 Georgia, No. 4 Michigan, No. 7 Oregon State, No. 9 UCLA, No. 11 Nebraska and No. 20 Arizona State. Utah lost to No. 3 Florida ... Utah is the top ranked vaulting team in the nation (49.445 regional qualifying score) ... Utah's average home attendance is 12,235.


Friday marks the final home meet for Ute seniors Katie Kivisto, Jessica Duke and Ashley Postell. The trio has helped Utah to NCAA runner-up finishes at the last two championships and a third-place finish as freshmen in 2005. Kivisto (Boca Raton, Fla.) was Utah's very first competitor at the 2007 NCAA Championships, competing on floor. She led off Utah's bar set as a freshman in 2005. Kivisto missed the final month of her junior season with an elbow injury. Duke (Sandy, Utah) earned second-team All-America honors on the uneven bars last season. She has competed on bars since her freshman year and also made the starting vault lineup at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Postell (Burke, Va.), one of the best gymnasts in Utah and NCAA history, was the 2007 NCAA balance beam champion and is a two-time NCAA all-around runner-up. A 15-time All-American, Postell finished third in the all-around at the 2005 NCAA Championships as a freshman. She has never been beaten in head-to-head all-around competition at the NCAA Championships, winning her session each time. She owns the school record for career all-around victories (27) and is approaching several other victory records (see boxed inset on page 1). Prior to her Ute career, Postell's accolades included winning the 2002 World Balance Beam Championship.


Ashley Postell is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the all-around (39.665 RQS), vault (9.965) and balance beam (9.925) ... Kristina Baskett's next victory will be career win No. 50 ... Utah has used a different floor lineup in every meet ...A Ute has won or shared in 49 of the 55 individual titles awarded (89%) ... Postell has earned at least one victory in every meet ... Utah has not counted a fall this season and has just seven falls total, "hitting" 257-264 routines for a 97% success rate. The Utes have fallen just twice on the road (142-144) ... Eight Utes are without a fall: Kristina Baskett (41-41), Annie DiLuzio (26-26), Kyndal Robarts (20-20), Jessica Duke (15-15), Beth Rizzo (11-11), Katie Kivisto (10-10), Gael Mackie (7-7) and Stephanie Neff (6-6) ... Ute event and/or all-around winners are Postell (35), Baskett (10), Daria Bijak (4), DiLuzio (3), Nina Kim (2), Mackie (1), Neff (1) and Rizzo (1) ... Postell owns the school record for most career all-around titles (27) and is in reach of two more school victory records. Her 108 career wins is just four behind school record-holder Theresa Kulikowski (112 from 1999-2003) and her 35 single-season wins is five behind Kulikowski (40 in 1999). For more on Postell and the record book, see boxed inset on page 1.


The latest top six looks like this: 1. Georgia (197.305), 2. Utah (197.210), 3. Florida (197.090, 4. Michigan (196.825), 5. LSU (196.695), 6. Alabama (196.670). The complete top 25 can be found on page 3.


Defending NCAA balance beam champion Ashley Postell is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the all-around (39.665 RQS), vault (9.965) and balance beam (9.925). Postell is tied for fourth on floor (9.925) and ninth on bars (9.890). Kristina Baskett, the 2006 NCAA bar champion, is tied for third on bars this week (9.915), and ranks sixth on vault (9.925) and seventh in the all-around (39.410).


Utah leads the series with BYU 81-2 and is 38-0 against the Cougars in Salt Lake City. Utah has won 23 straight against the Cougars and has not lost to them in 10 years. BYU's last win was in 1998 in Provo.


Coach: Brad Cattermole
Coach's Record/Year: 183-159-2/21st year
2007 NCAA Finish: DNQ
2008 Record: 6-9-1
2008 High Score: 196.30 (Mar. 10)
National Rank: N/A

Team Notes: Goes into regular season finale coming off its best two scores of the year (196.300, 195.00) ... top all-arounder is Dayna Smart (39.50).



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