The 2017 Utah Red Rocks gymnastics schedule was announced today by the Pac-12 Conference. For the first time, Utah will have a regular season meet broadcast on an ESPN family network when ESPNU broadcasts Utah’s home meet against UCLA on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8:00 p.m. MDT. Utah’s other home meets include Michigan to open the season on Jan. 7, Boise State, Denver and Illinois-Chicago in a quad meet on Jan. 20, Cal on Feb. 4, and Stanford on March 3. The full schedule is included below in the press release. Every meet this season will occur on a Friday or Saturday. A total of nine Red Rocks meets will be televised, primarily on Pac-12 Network. The Red Rocks Preview on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. MDT will be televised for the first time on Pac-12 Network. The Red Rocks Preview will be the first chance for fans to see 2016 Team USA Olympic first-alternate freshman MyKayla Skinner, freshman Missy Reinstadtler, freshman Kim Tessen, and sophomore transfer from Maryland Macey Roberts.
Below is the complete press release from the University:
SAN FRANCISCO—The 2017 Utah gymnastics schedule was released today by the Pac-12 Conference and every meet will be held on a Friday or Saturday. In addition, the Utes drew afternoon start times for three Saturday meets, including one home meet. They will appear eight times on the Pac-12 Networks and will also make their first regular-season appearance on ESPN.
For the first time, the Red Rocks Preview will be televised (Pac-12 Networks on Friday, Dec. 9). Utah's home meet against UCLA on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. will be televised live on ESPNU, marking the first time the ESPN family has televised a Utah home gymnastics meet.
"We think this is a great schedule for our fans," said Utah co-head coach Tom Farden. "We are thrilled that all of our meets are on Friday and Saturday, when we have proved we can pack our arena and provide a great atmosphere for not only our team, but visiting teams and television audiences. The extensive live television coverage is another great benefit of this schedule. We are not only looking forward to meets televised by the Pac-12 Network—which does a great job with its gymnastics telecasts—but also to making our first regular-season appearance on ESPNU."
The Utes will open their regular season at home against Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 7. Utah's other two non-conference meets are both on the road—at BYU on Friday, Jan. 13 and at Georgia on Saturday, Mar. 11.
Utah will host California in a matinee meet on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. The first regular-season afternoon meet in school history, held last season against Oregon State, attracted a crowd of 15,550.
The other home meets on Utah's 2017 schedule include a quad meet with Boise State, Denver and Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Jan. 20 and Stanford on Friday, Mar. 3.
The entire postseason schedule will be played out on the road, starting with the Pac-12 Championship in Stanford, Calif., on Saturday, Mar. 18. The NCAA Regional championships will be held on Saturday, Apr. 1 at one of six sites: Seattle, Athens, Ga., Fayetteville, Ark., Champaign, Ill., Lincoln, Neb., and Morgantown, W. Va. The 2017 NCAA Championships are slated for Apr. 14-15 in St. Louis, Mo.
Returning for the Utes this season are eight letterwinners, including All-Americans Kari Lee, Baely Rowe, Maddy Stover and Sabrina Schwab, 2016 Pac-12 champions Rowe (balance beam) and Tiffani Lewis (floor) and 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Schwab. Other returners include Shannon McNatt, MaKenna Merrell and Erika Muhaw.
Fans will get their first chance to see four newcomers—freshmen Missy Reinstadtler, Kim Tessen and MaKayla Skinner, as well as sophomore transfer Macey Roberts—at the Red Rocks Preview on Dec. 9. Parking and admission are free to the preseason intra-squad.
Season tickets for 2017 Utah gymnastics are on sale now at UtahTickets.com or by calling 801-581-UTIX. The Utes averaged 14,928 fans last season in winning their sixth all-women's sports attendance title and their 32nd gymnastics attendance crown.
2017 UTAH GYMNASTICS SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Location Time TV/Live Stream
Fri., Dec. 9 Red Rocks Preview Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT Pac-12 Network
Sat., Jan. 7 Michigan Salt Lake City 5:00 p.m. MT Pac-12 Network
Fri., Jan. 13 at Brigham Young Provo, Utah 7:00 p.m. MT TBA
Fri., Jan. 20 Boise State, Denver, Illinois-Chicago Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT Pac-12 Network
Sat., Jan. 28 at Washington* Seattle 1:30 p.m. PT Pac-12 Network
Sat., Feb. 4 California* Salt Lake City 1:30 p.m. MT Pac-12 Network
Sat., Feb. 11 at Oregon State* Corvallis, Ore. 2:00 p.m. PT Pac-12 Network
Sat., Feb. 18 UCLA* Salt Lake City 8:00 p.m. MT ESPNU
Sat., Feb. 25 at Arizona State* Tempe, Ariz. 5:00 p.m. MT Pac-12 Network
Fri., Mar. 3 Stanford* Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT Live Stream
Sat., Mar. 11 at Georgia Athens, Ga. 4:00 p.m. ET TBA
Sat., Mar. 18 Pac-12 Championship Stanford, Calif. 1:00/6:00 PT Pac-12 Network
Sat., Apr. 1 NCAA Regionals TBA TBA Live Stream
Fri., Apr. 14 NCAA Championships-Semifinals St. Louis, Mo. 12:00/7:00 CT ESPNU
Sat., Apr. 15 NCAA Championships-Super Six St. Louis, Mo. 8:00 CT ESPNU
*Pac-12 Conference meet Times are local to site