#2 Utah Gymnastics Continues Home Play Against #19 Stanford In Saturday Matinee
Second-ranked Utah Gymnastics continues Pac-12 play with a Saturday matinee against No. 19 Stanford this Saturday, Jan. 29. The Utes will host the Cardinal for Character Day inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center at 2 p.m. MT. Introductions will begin at 1:45 p.m. MT. The meet will be live streamed, while fans can also tune in to 105.5 Kool FM to listen to the live broadcast. Mike Lageschulte and former Red Rock All-American Kyndal (Robarts) Pond will be the talent for both the live stream and radio broadcasts.
FOR THE FANS
Saturday's meet will be Utah Gymnastics' annual Character Day. There will be 14 characters spread throughout the concourse pre-meet and kids are encouraged to dress in their favorite costumes. There will also be new trading cards featuring three of the Red Rocks given away. The Kids Zone will be located between portals 14 and 15 before the meet, and will include face painting, poster making, and a balloon artist. Due to the high number of COVID cases in the community, fans are strongly encouraged to wear masks inside the Huntsman Center. Visit Utah Tickets to get your tickets now and ensure your spot the remaining home meets this season. Single meet tickets are available here, as well as a Pac-12 bundle.
IN THE RANKINGS
Utah remained at No. 2 in the nation through three weeks of action with a 197.425 season average. The Utes are ranked No. 3 on beam and floor, No. 4 on vault, and No. 6 on bars. Individually, Cristal Isa is ranked No. 6 in the nation on beam, while Maile O'Keefe sits at No. 11 on the event. Utah has three gymnasts tied for No. 21 in the nation on vault in Grace McCallum, Alexia Burch, and Lucy Stanhope, while Burch also entered the uneven bars rankings at No. 10 in the nation after her first routine of the season. Jillian Hoffman is also No. 3 on floor after her first routine of the year scored a 9.975.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Utah has scored a 49.0 or better on every event in 15 consecutive meets, which is the nation's longest active streak. The second-longest streak is Minnesota and Michigan, which have posted five consecutive meets of 49-plus on every event.
• Utah scored a 49.675 on floor last weekend against Arizona State, which is the second-highest floor score in the nation to this point.
• Utah recorded a 49.450 on vault against Oklahoma, which is the third-best vault score in the nation to this point.
• Utah's 197.775 against Oklahoma was the highest home-opening score in program history.
• Utah is 483-27 all-time at home, which includes a 41-1 mark while Tom Farden has been head coach of the Utes.
• Jillian Hoffman competed on floor for the first time this season against Arizona State and won her first career event title with a career-best 9.975 on floor.
• Cristal Isa, a two-time All-American on beam, has recorded a 9.90 or better on every beam routine this season.
• Utah has hit 69-72 routines this season. Gymnasts who have hit every routine are Maile O'Keefe (8-8), Cristal Isa (6-6), Amelie Morgan (6-6), Jaedyn Rucker (6-6), Alexia Burch (4-4), Jillian Hoffman (4-4), Cammy Hall (3-3), Sydney Soloski (3-3), Sage Thompson (3-3), and Kara Eaker (2-2).
• Individual event winners this season are McCallum (4), Isa (3), Burch (1), Hoffman (1), O'Keefe (1), Rucker (1), Stanhope (1), and Thompson (1).
• Pac-12 weekly award winners this season are: Gymnast of the Week: Isa (Jan. 11); Specialist of the Week: Rucker (Jan. 11), Thompson (Jan. 18); Freshman of the Week: Morgan (Jan. 11), McCallum (Jan. 18); and Coaches Choice: Hoffman (Jan. 11).
Utah leads the all-time series with Stanford 38-6 overall, including a 15-1 record in Salt Lake City. Utah has won the last 17 meetings with the sole loss in Salt Lake City coming during the 2011 season. Although the Utes and Cardinal did not meet during the regular season last year, Utah earned a win over Stanford at the Pac-12 Championships 197.725-195.175. In 2020, Utah's final meet of the season was against Stanford before the COVID-19 outbreak canceled the remaining meets. Utah bested Stanford 197.150-196.725 in the Huntsman Center.
Head Coach: Tabitha Yim (5th season)
2022 Ranking: 19
Notes: Stanford has seen action in two competitions this season with its season high (196.275) coming in a loss at Cal in the 2022 opener … Stanford posted a 195.725 in a quad meet last weekend … The Cardinal are led by floor All-American Kyla Bryant, who is currently ranked seventh nationally in the all-around, No. 10 on bars and No. 19 on floor … Bryant has posted a 39.675 in the all-around and a 39.400 so far this year … Stanford is ranked No. 9 on beam, No. 17 on bars, and No. 25 on floor.
Utah will head to Los Angeles for its first true road meet of the season, taking on UCLA next Friday, Feb. 4, at Pauley Pavilion. The Utes and Bruins will square off at 8 p.m. MT on ESPN, which will mark Utah's second nationally televised meet this season.