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Utes take aim at Nebraska gymnasts on Senior Night

Published March 9, 2012 8:09 am

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The No. 7-ranked Utah women's gymnastics team plays host to No. 6 Nebraska in its final regular-season meet at home in the Huntsman Center on Friday night.

And that means Senior Night.

The Utes will honor departing seniors Cortni Beers, Stephanie McAllister and Kyndal Robarts before the meet, with the trio having combined for nearly half of the team's individual victories this season. The trio has just three falls in 72 routines combined this season, and Robarts and McAllister are both former team MVPs.

"All year we've said our motto is 'Women at War,'" McAllister said. Coach Greg Marsden "had to give us a pep talk last week about not being timid and not being scared and we know we need to work on our mind-set going into this meet more than anything. We need to quit being timid and trying to be perfect and just do what we are capable of doing."

The Utes are hoping for a big crowd, too, since they are leading the nation in attendance and could break their own NCAA record. An average of 14,338 fans have watched the Utes at home so far this season, and their existing record for a single-season is 14,213.

The Utes are riding a seven-meet winning streak, since losing by 0.05 points to No. 3 UCLA in the season-opener.

Only once have the Cornhuskers managed to defeat the Utes in Salt Lake City, way back during the 1999 NCAA Championships. The Utes have won the other 18 home meetings, and are tuning up for the inaugural Pac-12 Conference championship meet that will be held at the Huntsman Center on March 24.

The Utes also will host the NCAA Regionals on April 7.