Burch, Soloski Coming Back For Another Season With Utah Gymnastics
SALT LAKE CITY – Ute seniors Alexia Burch and Sydney Soloski have announced their intent to return for another season with Utah gymnastics. Burch and Soloski will continue their careers by means of an NCAA COVID-19 season of competition waiver granted by the Division I Council in the fall for all participating student-athletes in the 2020-21 season.
"With COVID-19 taking away the end of my junior year and then completely changing how senior year looked, I was thrilled to get the news that we were granted a fifth year," said Burch on returning. "I could not be more excited to stay with this program and these girls for an extra year!"
A senior captain from Sparks, Nev., Burch was a 2020 All-Pac-12 Conference first-team selection on vault and is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation on vault in 2021. She has won seven vault titles in her career and holds a career-high 9.975, which she has scored twice this season.
She has been a staple in the vault and beam lineups over the past few years. This season after adding bars as a senior, Burch has been in the bars lineup in all but one competition. Last year, she scored a 9.875 or higher on beam in six-of-nine routines, as well as on vault. Along with her career high of 9.975 on vault, she holds career highs of 9.95 on beam and 9.85s on bars and floor. She has hit 76-81 career routines.
Burch is a WCGA Scholastic All-American and a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection as a Kinesiology major.
"I came to Utah to compete in front of the best 15,000 fans in the nation and that's how I want to go out," said Soloski on her decision for another season as a Ute. "I don't fully know what next year has in store, but I'm optimistic we will be back in the Huntsman with fans and there is no greater feeling than having thousands of people cheering you on while you do the sport you love."
The two-time captain for Utah, Soloski is a two-time All-American on floor (1 regular season, 1 NCAA) and was a 2020 All-Pac-12 first-team selection on floor. The Calgary, Alberta native has continued her dominance on her signature event this season and ranks tied for No. 13 in the nation on floor. She has scored a 9.90-plus in all but the season opener on floor, marking seven-straight scores coming in 9.90 or higher.
Soloski holds 10 career victories, which includes nine on floor, and earned a career-high 9.975 earlier this season. In 2020, she posted six 9.90-plus scores on floor in eight routines to earn a WCGA Regular Season All-American selection. She started her career off as a freshman by earning a second-team NCAA All-American honor by placing ninth overall at the NCAA Championships. In the past two years, Soloski has tallied 9.90 or higher in 13-of-16 floor routines. She has hit 65-68 career routines.
Soloski is a two-time WCGA Scholastic All-American and two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection as a Finance major.