Utah signed two-time J.O. national uneven bar champion Baely Rowe to a National Letter of Intent.
Nov. 14, 2012
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SALT LAKE CITY
Baely Rowe, a two-time Junior Olympic national uneven bar champion and the 2012 J.O. all-around runner-up, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Utah gymnastics team. Rowe, from Federal Way, Wash., is the only 2013-14 signee for the Utes, who have no seniors on their current roster.
"Baely is a good, solid all-around gymnast who was heavily recruited by some of the top teams in the country," said Utah coach Greg Marsden. "She is capable of contributing on all four events and will bring an entertainment quality to her floor routine that will ignite our fan base."
Rowe has four top-10 all-around finishes at the J.O. Nationals, placing third in 2009, ninth in 2010, seventh in 2011 and second in 2012. She won the J.O. uneven bar title in 2010 and 2012, placed second on bars and floor in 2009 (when she made the J.O. National Team) and was fourth on vault in 2011.
Rowe currently trains at Auburn Gymnastics Center for coaches Brent Phelps and Peter Flores. She is a senior at Auburn Riverside High School.
The daughter of Sherri Kruzner-Rowe and Scott Rowe will be the third member of her family to compete for a Pac-12 school. Her brother Kelyn played soccer at UCLA, where he was the 2011 Pac-12 Player of the Year, and now plays for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. Sister Bree played soccer for Oregon from 2007-2010. Baely also played soccer until her freshman year, when she decided to dedicate herself solely to gymnastics.
Rowe will compete for the only school to qualify for 37-consecutive national championships and all 31 NCAA Championships. The Utes have won 10 national championships and have placed in the top-three 22 times. Utah's 18 Super Six appearances (of 20 total) leads the nation and Utah is the only school in the country to make the Super Six every year since 2000.
Utah holds every gymnastics attendance record, averaging more than 11,000 fans a home meet for the past 21 years and almost 14,000 for the past four years. Last year, Utah set an NCAA gymnastics attendance record by averaging 14,352 fans a meet at home.