SALT LAKE CITY — The final national gymnastics rankings were released Monday, and per usual, the Red Rocks warranted a place among the nation's best.
Utah came in at No. 5 in the final WCGA (Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association) poll behind No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 LSU and No. 4 Denver.
Rounding out the top eight were No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Georgia and No. 8 Oregon State.
Florida, which was previously ranked No. 4 in the country, fell to No. 10, with Kentucky at No. 9.
The rankings are based on National Qualifying Score, which is calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the score a team achieved in the NCAA regional final competition.
In Utah’s case, that meant the addition of their RQS of 197.535 and the 197.250 they recorded Saturday night at the Baton Rouge Regional final.
The Red Rocks spent all but three weeks ranked in the top five this season, with the lone exceptions coming in Week 10, Week 11 and Week 12, when they fell to No. 6 overall.
Utah’s season-high ranking — No. 3 — came Week 1, following their home opener against Penn State.
The Red Rocks will face off against two of the teams ranked ahead of them — the Bruins and the Tigers — in the semifinals of the 2019 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship.
The Wolverines will also take part in said semifinal, which is slated for the morning (11 a.m. MST) of April 19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Utah has competed against each of its national semifinal opponents at least once this year.
The Utes’ cumulative record against the three is 1-4, although the Red Rocks recorded season-high scores in each of their defeats to UCLA.
Similar to the Baton Rouge Regional final, Utah will begin the national semifinal on floor exercise before moving to vault, uneven bars, and finally balance beam.
UCLA will start on vault, Michigan on bars and LSU on beam.