Utah gymnastics: Utes trying to forget errors against Beavers
Yes, Ashley Postell fell for the first time all season Friday and, yes, Utah's win over Oregon State wasn't as clean of a win as the Utes have enjoyed this year, but are they panicking as they prepare for No. 3 Florida?
Not at all. The second-ranked Utes (10-0) are taking a so-what attitude in regard to their 196.3-195.15 win over Oregon State Friday.
"It wouldn't benefit us to dwell on it," Ute senior Katie Kivisto said. "It wasn't a complete disaster. Some things happened and mistakes were made, but to think we'd go through a season without some of those things happening is unrealistic."
In 2007, shaky performances led to more shaky performances. But the Utes have more confidence this season and junior Kristina Baskett said she doesn't believe Friday's outcome marked the start of a downward spiral.
"Of course it didn't go the way we wanted it to but it gives each and every one of us something to work on for Friday," Baskett said. "It gives us something to focus on for this week. Of course we have high expectations but we're not perfect."
The Utes still haven't counted a fall this season, and the way others responded when teammates had trouble Friday made coach Greg Marsden less concerned.
"After I looked at the video, I said maybe this isn't all bad," he said. "Maybe this gives us something to talk about and focus."
Upgrading the floor
Kivisto, who has scored 9.775 the last two times she competed on floor, is upgrading her routine with a triple twist to help her keep pace with her teammates and keep a spot in the lineup. She didn't compete on floor against Oregon State but probably will compete in exhibition Friday.
She has a season high of 9.825 on the floor, against Minnesota.
"It's my senior year and I want to do everything I can," Kivisto said.
Kivisto, who is from Boca Raton, Fla., will have a large crowd in Gainesville on Friday. Kivisto said she didn't consider competing for the Gators when she was recruited because she wanted to go out of state.
In the rankings
The top teams didn't change with Georgia remaining in first and the Utes holding a .115 advantage over No. 3 Florida. New to the rankings was Kentucky, which entered at No. 23 while Kent State dropped out. SUU slipped two spots to No. 25.
Individually, Postell remains in first in the all-around (39.62) and Baskett is seventh (39.405). Postell is first on the vault (9.96) and balance beam (9.915) and tied for third on the floor (9.92). Baskett is tied for seventh on the vault (9.915) and tied for fourth on the uneven bars (9.91).
Scouting the Gators
The Gators are coming off a bye week to face the Utes in their last regular season home meet. Florida lost at Alabama 197.225-197.125 on Feb. 29. The Gators are averaging 6,962 fans this year, meaning it should be the largest away crowd the Utes will contend with this season.
"That won't hurt us, it will help us," Marsden said of a hostile crowd. "What is tougher for this group is to go and there is nobody in the stands."