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Postell not upset about her streak coming to halt at 43

Published March 27, 2005 1:27 am

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PROVO - With just a little under-rotation on a last pass, Suzanne Metz's NCAA record will remain untouched for at least another year.

Metz's NCAA record for hitting all 56 routines in 1995 was threatened this year by Utah freshman Ashley Postell.

Postell's streak ended at 43 Saturday after she put her hands down on her last pass on floor, a double back. Postell, who just added the double back last week, scored a 9.375 in the Utes' win over Brigham Young.

Postell said she wasn't upset about the streak ending, and is more worried about getting the last pass down.

"It was only the second time I've done it, last week I got a little scared and I pulled too hard," she said. "I didn't want to over-rotate this time, and I under-rotated."

Postell has been going fourth in the floor lineup, but she went last Saturday, switching with Gritt Hofmann.

Utah coach Greg Marsden said the lineup change isn't final.

"It depends on how people look in practice and how they do in meets," he said.

Postell ended the night with a 9.975 on the balance beam, which was a team high, but also ended her other streak. She had earned 10.0s on the event in the last two meets, becoming the first Utah gymnast to do so.

Whose home is it?

The meet was in Provo, but it might as well have been in Salt Lake City with the majority of the crowd in the Marriott Center wearing red. Attendance was 2,401, a season high for the Cougars at home.

Utah led the nation in attendance this year averaging 11,300 fans, the third-highest attendance average in Utah and NCAA gymnastics history. Alabama was second, averaging 10,570 fans.

The Utes have led the nation in gymnastics attendance 21 out of the last 24 years.

For the record books

BYU gymnasts earned several season and career highs in their last home meet of the year. Kacie Capra (9.7), Dayne Smart (9.875) and Alethea Boon (9.9) all earned career highs on the vault and Kirsten Pauga (9.925) received a season high.

Smart also earned a career high 9.95 on the beam. BYU's beam score of 49.4 was its fourth best.

Getting a boost

Utah fans grumbled loudly when they saw Stephanie Lim's vault score after what looked like a good effort. One judge gave her a 9.85 and the other a 9.6. The one who gave her the lower score started her with just a 9.8 start value because evidently she thought it was just a layout, worth a 9.8, instead of a 10.0 layout with a full twist. After a short conference, she raised the start value to a 10.0 and raised her score two-tenths, giving Lim a 9.825.