Kyndal Robarts is back from injury for her
Dec. 5, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY
This year's Red Rocks Gymnastics Preview will take place on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center. Admittance and parking to the popular annual event are free and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for fans to watch warm-ups.
Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and the first 2,500 spectators will receive a set of 2012 Utah gymnastics trading cards. There will be a pre-meet "Kids' Zone" with balloon animals, face painting, "fan-toos" and poster making. After the meet, the Ute gymnasts will sign team posters.
Friday's Red Rocks Preview will mark the debut for five Ute freshmen. Utah, which returns four All-Americans from last year's NCAA Super Six finalist, opens the 2012 season on Jan. 8 at UCLA. The first home meet is Jan. 13 vs. Utah State.
Utah was ranked fifth in the preseason coaches' poll released last week. Here's a preview of this year's Utah gymnasts:
Krafft Academy of Gymnastics
One of Utah's most experienced bar and beam workers has hit 47-56 career routines ... three career wins ... scored a 9.825 on bars in the 2011 Super Six ... her 9.80 beam score on the first day of the 2010 NCAA Championships helped Utah earn the best beam score of its qualifying session ... member of Utah's Student-Athlete Mentors (SAMS) ... on the Dean's List and Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
San Marcos, Texas
USA Aerial Athletics
Two-time first-team All-American and Utah's 2010 MVP returns after missing all but the first two meets of 2011 with a knee injury ... competed in the NCAA finals twice: on vault in 2008 (10th) and on beam in 2010 (5th) ... 15 career victories ... has hit 115-121 (95%) of her career routines ... two 9.90 beam scores at the 2010 NCAA Championships ... 2010 NCAA regional runner-up in the all-around and on beam ... in her second term as president of Utah's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... has made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll every year ... NACGC Scholastic All-American.
Salt Lake City
Has the skills to compete late in the beam lineup, but is outstanding in the leadoff position as well ... two career victories are both on beam ... has hit 7-11 career routines ... scored a season-high 9.875 to win the beam against Florida in 2011 ... joined the team Utes in December of 2010 after graduating from high school early ... NACGC Scholastic All-American ... on the Dean's List and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
École Secondaire Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry
Canadian Olympian was the 2011 NCAA regional co-champion on vault (9.90) and floor (9.90) as a freshman ... should contend for All-America honors on vault, bars and floor this season ... seven victories ... hit all six routines at the 2011 NCAA Championships, scoring a 9.85 on floor both nights ... 9.85 floor score in NCAA prelims was tied for ninth in the evening session ... has hit 42-43 routines (only fall was on beam in her only career all-around) ... on the Dean's List and Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Lia Del Priore
Center Valley, Pa.
Steady, high-scoring performer on vault and floor had highs of 9.875 on vault and 9.85 on floor as a freshman last year ... outstanding in the postseason, scoring a 9.80 or higher on all six routines, including a 9.85 on vault on the first night of the NCAA Championships ... one victory ... did not fall all season, hitting 25-25 routines ... MWC Scholar-Athlete also made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Woods Cross HS
USA Gymnastics World
After showing promise and natural ability on the bars as a freshman, she now seeks a full-time starting position on the event ... led off the bar lineup in four meets in 2011 (Arizona State, Florida, Utah State and Oregon State) ... best score of 9.75 vs. Arizona State ... including exhibition routines, she competed in all but one regular season meet ... hit 4-4 routines ... MWC Scholar-Athlete also made the Dean's List and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Mary Beth Lofgren
Salt Lake City
First-team All-American was Utah's top finisher as a freshman at the 2011 NCAA Championships ... tied for fifth in the nation on beam with a 9.8375 in individual event finals ... beam anchor led Utah on the event in both the semis (9.825) and Super Six (9.85) at the NCAA Championships ... started on beam and floor in every meet and vaulted in 11 meets ...five wins included four on beam ... did not fall the entire season, hitting 40-of-40 routines ... won the Coaches' Award as Utah's Most Improved Gymnast ... MWC Scholar-Athlete also made the Dean's List and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... member of Utah's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Magruder HS (Md.)
Two-time second-team All-American as a freshman is nationally competitive on every event ... former U.S. Olympic alternate and international elite has a skill named after her on the balance beam (the Lothrop is a switch-leg side aerial) ... 2011 All-America honors were in the all-around (tied for 12th overall) and on the balance beam (tied for fifth in the evening semifinal) ... in the NCAA Super Six, she tied for seventh in the all-around with a 39.275... placed third at regionals in the all-around ... hit 44-46 routines ... six wins (3 all-around) ... MWC Scholar-Athlete also made the Dean's List and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Pine Creek HS
Outstanding vaulter has the ability to compete on more events ... received Utah's best vault score in the 2011 NCAA Super Six, tying her season-high with a 9.875 ... competed in seven meets and scored a 9.875 four times on vault ... hit 7-7 routines ... won vault competition vs. Arizona State ... MWC Scholar-Athlete also made the Dean's List and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
2011 Junior Olympic all-around champion qualified for the J.O. National Team ... also placed first on bars and floor at the 2011 J.O. Championships, while finishing second on vault ... competed in the 2009 and 2010 USA Visa Championships, placing seventh on bars in 2009 ... 2009 and 2011 Massachusetts state all-around champion, also won the state vault and beam titles in 2009, and the vault, beam and floor titles in 2011 (finishing second on bars) ... silver medal on vault at the 2009 National Gymnastics Challenge ... 2009 regional bar champion and all-around runner-up ... 2007 U.S. Challenge champion.
Yorba Linda, Calif.
Placed third on vault and beam, fifth in the all-around and eighth on floor at the 2011 J.O. Championships ... 2009 U.S. Junior Olympic National Team member ... won vault, placed second on beam and third in the all-around at the 2009 J.O. Championships ... three-time J.O. Region 1 vault champion (2008-2010) and a two-time region balance beam champion (2009-2010) ... 2007 Western National floor and all-around champion.
Placed third on beam, fourth on floor and 10th in the all-around at the 2011 J.O. Championships ... 2010 Junior Olympic National Team member placed second floor and fourth in the all-around at the 2010 J.O. Championships ... all-around champion at the 2010 J.O. Region 1 meet ... second in the all-around at the 2010 Nastia Liukin Cup ... won back-to-back Arizona state all-around championships in 2009 and 2010 ... 2007 Level 9 Western National Champion.
Upper Black Eddy, Pa.
Qualified as an international elite in 2006 ... placed second on beam and fourth in the all-around at the 2010 J.O. Championships ... 2010 Junior Olympic National Team member ... placed ninth in the all-around at the 2009 J.O. Championships ... won the all-around, vault and floor and placed second on the beam at the 2010 Gymnix International Classic ... member of the 2009 and 2010 J.O. Region 7 All-Star team ... 2011 Region 7 all-around champion ... 2011 Pennsylvania state all-around champion also placed first on vault, beam and floor.
La Cueva HS
Gold Cup Gymnastics
Member of the 2011 Junior Olympic National Team ... placed fourth in the all-around, fourth on vault, fifth on floor and 10th on beam at the 2011 J.O. Championships ... ninth in the all-around at the 2010 Junior National Championships ... all-around victory at the 2011 Chicago Style meet qualified her for the Nastia Liukin Cup, where she finished 18th in the all-around ... placed second in the all-around at the 2011 Metroplex Challenge ... 2009 National Invitational Tournament all-around champion ... 2010 and 2011 New Mexico state all-around champion.