Utah's second-ranked gymnastics team may have jelled in its last meet, but tonight's Ute opponent, Utah State, is still looking for answers as to why a promising season hasn't yet hit stride.
No. 22 USU (4-6) is coming off losses to Boise State last Friday at home and at Southern Utah on Monday as it enters Utah's Huntsman Center tonight for a 7 o'clock start."We have not had a very consistent year at all. You can only blame so much of it on youth," said USU coach Ray Corn, adding that he's puzzled why the Aggies seem to acquiesce to nerves and lack confidence. Most meets, they've done well in three events but had problems in the fourth. At SUU, there were problems in more than one event, though Corn said he still sees progress.
"We're going to put it together," he said. "We certainly hope to do it at Utah and again Monday at BYU. We challenged Utah up here."
In that first meeting this season, Utah won 195.85-194.35, but Aggie Christy Denson won the all-around. Denson and freshman Melissa Kilpatrick, who did not compete in the meet at Logan, will likely be Aggie all-arounders tonight.
"I certainly look to the all-arounders to lead the way," said Corn.
Utah (5-1) is coming off a strong win in Seattle - 196.225-195.225 - against one of University of Washington's best teams.
What made the win complete was that the Utes finished the Huskies off on their last event, beam, where they have had numerous falls this season. Senior Traci Sommer had her three best scores of the season, including 9.95 on beam to lead the U. to a season-best 49.05 beam at Washington. "Traci looked great," said Ute coach Greg Marsden.