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Utah Gymnasts Ready For NCAA Championships in Fort Worth

Apr 8, 2022

MEET WEEK
Utah Gymnastics is set to compete for a national championship beginning Thursday, April 14, in the first semifinal of the 2022 NCAA Championships. Utah will compete at 11 a.m. MT against top-ranked Oklahoma, No. 5 Alabama, and No. 8 Minnesota in its semifinal at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
 
The second semifinal of the day will feature second-seeded Florida, No. 3 Michigan, No. 7 Auburn, and No. 11 Missouri. The competition will begin at 4 p.m. MT. The top-two teams from each semifinal will advance to the NCAA Championship final on Saturday, April 16, competing for the national title at 11 a.m. MT on ABC.
 
HOW TO TUNE IN
The two semifinals will be televised on ESPN2 with Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke serving as the talent, while Saturday's championship final will be broadcast live on ABC. Additionally, individual apparatus streams will be available on ESPN3 for both semifinals and the championship. Ashley Miles Greig (vault), Bridget Sloan (bars), Olivia Karas (beam), and John Roethlisberger (floor) will commentate the streams. Utah fans can also tune into ESPN 700 Radio during the Red Rocks' competition to hear live commentary from Mike Lageschulte and former Ute All-American Kyndal (Robarts) Pond.
 
QUICK HITS
• Utah posted its highest postseason score in program history (198.200) to qualify for its 46th-consecutive national championship.
• Utah is the only program in the nation to qualify for all 40 NCAA Gymnastics Championships and 46 national championships.
• The Utes have won nine NCAA Championships and 10 total national titles (1981 AIAW), while finishing as the NCAA runner-up eight times.
• Utah drew the same rotation order as it did for both competitions at the NCAA Regional, beginning on floor, rotating to vault then bars, and ending on beam. 
• Utah is 3-0 this season against the teams in its semifinal – Oklahoma, Minnesota and Alabama.
 
BY THE NUMBERS
• Utah has hit the 198-mark in four competitions this season, which is the most in a single season all-time. The four 198s make up four of the top-11 scores in program history.
• Utah has hit a 49.700 or better on beam five times this year, while the floor team has posted a 49.5 or higher in nine competitions.
• Maile O'Keefe has scored a 9.925 or better in 11-of-13 beam routines this year, which includes three 10s and two 9.975s.
• Cristal Isa has posted a 9.90 or better between her two events – bars and beam – in the last 9-of-10 routines. She has also scored a 9.95 or better in five-straight routines on beam and a 9.875-plus on bars in 11 consecutive competitions.
• Amelie Morgan has posted a 9.825 or better in the leadoff position on bars and beam in all but two routines this season, which includes 19-of-28 routines scored at a 9.875 or better. She has scored a 9.90-plus on beam the past five competitions.
• Sydney Soloski has recorded a 9.925 or better on floor in 10-of-14 meets, which includes three 9.975s.
 
CHALK TALK
• Utah has had 11 of the 16 gymnasts who have competed at least one routine this season earn an event title.
• The floor lineup has seen 11 gymnasts compete at least one routine this season, while vault has gone nine gymnasts deep.
• Utah has hit 318-336 routines this season. Gymnasts who have hit every routine are O'Keefe (41-41), Amelie Morgan (28-28), Lucy Stanhope (20-20), Sage Thompson (19-19), Sydney Soloski (14-14), Jillian Hoffman (9-9), Jaylene Gilstrap (7-7), Eaker (6-6) and Alani Sabado (1-1).
• Individual event winners this season are Grace McCallum (20), O'Keefe (9), Cristal Isa (6), Alexia Burch (5), Soloski (5), Abby Paulson (3), Jaedyn Rucker (3), Thompson (3), Stanhope (2), Eaker (1) and Hoffman (1).
 
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
• Utah has scored five Perfect 10s on beam this season, which is the most in program history on beam in a single season.
• Utah has scored four Perfect 10s on bars this season, which is the second-most in program history on bars in a single season.
• Five different Utes have recorded a 10.0 on at least one event this season, marking the most in program history in a single season.
• Maile O'Keefe became the single-season leader in Utah history with three Perfect 10s on beam. She is second all-time with four career 10.0s on beam, trailing Theresa Kulikowski's six career 10s. She is also just the fifth Red Rock in history to record two 10.0s in the same meet after she did so against Minnesota with a 10.0 on bars and beam.
• Grace McCallum is tied for second all-time with two perfect scores on bars in a single season.
• Kara Eaker recorded her first career 10.0 on beam in just her fifth career beam routine.
• O'Keefe and Sage Thompson posted their first career 10.0s on bars against Minnesota to lead Utah's school-record 49.800 performance. The duo recorded consecutive 10.0s on bars, which were the first consecutive perfect scores on bars in program history and the first consecutive 10s on any event since 2015.
 
LEADING THE PAC
• Utah won its second-straight Pac-12 Championship on March 19, putting the program total to eight titles overall. The Utes have earned five Pac-12 Championships, while the Utes have claimed all three regular season championships since the award began in 2020 either outright or a share of.
• In the past three seasons, Utah boasts a 32-2 record against Pac-12 competition in the regular season and at the Pac-12 Championships.
• Utah has earned the past three Pac-12 Specialist of the Year awards (Kim Tessen, 2020; Alexia Burch, 2021; Maile O'Keefe, 2022), as well as last year's Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year (O'Keefe). 
• Utah earned Pac-12 titles on all four events at the conference championships with Burch winning the vault title, Abby Paulson winning her second Pac-12 beam title, and Grace McCallum taking a share of the floor title and winning the bars title outright.
• Utah holds the highest National Qualifying Score on vault, bars, beam and floor in the Pac-12.