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NCAA Gymnastics Championships: Game on

April 24, 2008

Ashley PostellOne of the biggest questions about the 2008 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which begins today in Athens, Ga., is whether Ashley Postell will finally get the NCAA all-around crown many think she richly deserves.

Postell has been Utah’s beacon — and one of the big names in collegiate gymnastics — for the past four years. But she’s always been eclipsed (twice by friend and former teammate Courtney Kupets) for the NCAA all-around title.


Florida, UCLA to NCAAs

April 13, 2008

Melanie SinclairThe Florida Gators established that they could challenge no. 1 Georgia for an NCAA team title Saturday, scoring a 197.525 to take the Southeast Regional Championships. UCLA was second by nine-tenths of a point, scoring a 196.625.

This meet was a study in ties. UF teammates Melanie Sinclair and Ashley Reed tied for first on vault. Sinclair shared the bars title with UCLA’s Anna Li, while Reed, North Carolina State’s Leigha Hancock, Nebraska’s Tricia Woo and UCLA’s Kristina Comforte all tied for first on beam. Floor had — get this — five champions: Woo, Sinclair, Florida’s Amanda Castillo and Nicola Willis, and Nebraska’s Emily Parsons.

UCLA had a burp on beam from Ariana Berlin and another on floor from Mizuki Sato and didn’t seem as able to build up big, big scores.

Nebraska, third with a 196.1, was eliminated from the NCAA team competition.


Depth, Georgia and the Red Rocks

January 18, 2008

Let the NCAA mudslinging begin.

From the Daily Utah Chronicle:

Following the Utah gymnastics team’s narrow win over No. 1 Georgia last week, Gym Dog head coach Suzanne Yoculan questioned whether the Red Rocks have the depth to be one of the best teams in the nation.

“I thought that their depth was a little weaker than ours,” Yoculan said. “Obviously Ashley (Postell) and some of the strongest girls looked really strong. The thing is, there’s a lot of teams in the country that have a one-two punch. It’s going to come down to that fourth or fifth score at the end of the season.”

Utah junior Kristina Baskett is likely to sit out tonight's competition against NebraskaThat’s interesting coming from Yoculan, whose Gym Dogs currently aren’t at full strength either. And while the Utes take on rival Nebraska tonight without star Kristina Baskett, who has is suffering from displaced ribs, Georgia has traveled to Florida and will take on the newly No. 1-ranked Gators. Florida posted the highest score of the season so far with its 197.125 last week against Illinois-Chicago.

Yoculan has said she expects Grace Taylor, recovered from her sprained ankle, to be back in the lineup, but others are still injured. Georgia might have taken a little hit to its depth as well.

Florida sophomore Melanie SinclairAnd if Utah had no mercy at home, Florida likely won’t either. The Gators, despite being no. 1 right now, are the least appreciated gymnastics team in the nation. Their top three — sophomores Melanie Sinclair and Amanda Castillo (who was third in the all-around at the 2007 NCAA championships behind better-known names Courtney Kupets and Postell) and junior Corey Hartung are an unstoppable force when they hit.