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The Burning Question: Q&A with Greg Marsden

Do the 2015 Red Rocks, the No. 4-ranked and defending Pac-12 champions, have an Achilles heel? Utah gymnastics co-head Coach Greg Marsden answers that question and more.

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The No. 4-ranked Utah gymnastics program has long been understood to be the third revenue generating sport at the university. It's run of 10 national titles is well known among a loyal fan base. We had a short chat with Red Rocks co-head coach, and program architect, Greg Marsden to learn more about the 2015 squad.

BlockU: What are the goals for this season?

Marsden: Our goal is always to qualify for the NCAA championships and compete on the final night for a chance to win the title.

BlockU: What do you have to do to achieve those goals?

Marsden: Our Achilles heel in the past few seasons has been the balance beam. We need to bring that event up to the level we've been performing on vault, bars, and floor. Also, when you get to the postseason where there are so many good teams, the difference typically comes down to the little things, such as stuck landings and precise execution of skills.

BlockU: What does it mean to have such a strong senior class?

Marsden: All four members of our senior class are All-Americans who have started and played significant roles since their freshman season. They've never been role players. They've always been stars. They are our undisputed leaders on and off the floor. They set the tone in practice, competition, and academics, and I can't overstate their importance to the success of our team and the growth of the underclassmen.

BlockU: Which event do you feel best about and which is the biggest question mark?

Marsden: We are extremely strong on vault, bars, and floor. We anticipate improving a great deal on the balance beam, in a large part because of a freshman class that is very strong on this event.