Tonight is Utah's third gymnastics meet in 10 days, a heavy slate in this sport.

The second-ranked Utes (5-0) met the first two challenges of the last 10 days with surprising ease, coming from behind to win (194.825-183.625) at No. 11 Arizona in their first out-of-state appearance since March 19, 1994, then knocking off No. 1-ranked Georgia at BYU Friday with a strong 196.025.Tonight at 7 in the Huntsman Center, Utah gets a break from the Top 20 when it hosts unranked Southern Utah (2-2) , Utah State (2-2) and Minnesota (4-2).

But so closely following a heady victory over Georgia with what should be another win is a dangerous situation. The Utes could take things for granted, says coach Greg Marsden, who's tried to guard against that since Friday night.

In gymnastics, taking things for granted is not only bad for competition, it's unhealthy. Any loss of focus in this sport can lead to serious injury.

"The big thing is to be mentally sharp," says Marsden.

Marsden's glad, then, that Minnesota is one of the visitors. Former Ute assistants Jim and Meg Stephenson now coach the Gophers. "To have Jim and Meg back is exciting for all the athletes who were here when they were (they left shortly after helping the Utes win the 1992 NCAA Championships - at Minnesota) and for Megan and me," says Marsden. The Stephensons and Marsdens are close friends who still see each other socially despite the miles.

This meet, in fact, pits two coaches against their ex-assistant coaches, who both struck out on their own in 1992.

Southern Utah's Scott Bauman, whose team is coming off its second-best score ever (191.825 in losing to BYU, 192.30), took the T-Bird job after seven years as Ray Corn's assistant at Utah State.

The T-Birds have beaten the Aggies once in 19 tries, the Aggies last beat Utah in 1979, SUU has never beaten Utah and has never met Minnesota, and USU is 7-2 vs. the Golden Gophers.

Utah State is coming off its lowest score in 11 months,, 184.85 at Oregon State, where it lost to the hosts but beat Seattle Pacific. But, other than beam, USU did a creditable job in a low-scoring situation there, and tonight the Aggies plan to get Tricia Yamamoto back from injury in the all-around.

Till now, says Corn, USU considered its meets "preseason. As we've said all along, the season begins Monday," he says, adding, "This is the most spectacular team I've ever had." He says he's taken a gradual approach because the team is young. Sophomore Janelle Del Rosario has been the top all-arounder.

Bauman's team missed beating BYU by a fall. Angie Gunnell and Julie Talbot scored career-high all-around marks of 38.775, and every T-Bird had at least one career high in that meet.

Minnesota's season high is 190.45. A program on the upswing, it qualified for the NCAA Central Regional last year for the first time in three years.