The No. 5 Utah Red Rocks gymnastics team (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) will travel to No. 12 Stanford (9-4, 3-2 Pac-12) today for a meet at 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT. Television coverage of the meet will air on Pac-12 Networks. Utah holds a 26-6 all-time advantage over the Cardinal (including five straight wins), but they have never won at Maples Pavilion (where they are 0-2). The last meet Utah had at Stanford was in 2014 where Stanford won 197.000-196.300.
After posting a 197.125 in a home win over Washington, the Red Rocks moved up one spot to No. 5 in the nation. The Red Rocks are also ranked in the top 10 for each event (No. 3 on bars, No. 6 on beam, and No. 8 on both floor and vault). Utah also has several gymnasts in the individual event top 10s: Kassandra Lopez (No. 4 on bars, 9.896 average), Breanna Hughes (No. 5 in the all-around, 39.467), Sabrina Schwab (No. 6 on floor, 9.917) and Baely Rowe (No. 7 on bars, 9.887).
The No. 12 Cardinal have talent, led by sophomore Elizabeth Price, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the all-around (39.545), with a season-high 39.650. Stanford knocked off Georgia on the road on Jan. 18. Cardinal's best score this season is a 196.675. Stanford is led by 15th year head coach Kristen Smyth, who is looking to lead the Cardinal back to the NCAA Championships, where Stanford finished fifth last season.
Utah will continue to play with their lineup this week. Senior Samantha Partyka is slated to compete in the all-around again this week after sitting out of floor last week to rest a sore leg. After posting a career-high 9.80 in only her second career vault last week against Washington, Kassandra Lopez will again be in the vault lineup. Utah has won 20-of-24 individual events and four-of-six all-arounds through the first six meets this season. Utah freshman Sabrina Schwab has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times this season.