The Utah Red Rocks gymnastics team starts their 2017 season with high expectations once again. The Red Rocks are ranked No. 6 in the preseason. The Red Rocks received two first place votes and are ranked behind defending national champion Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, UCLA and Florida. Utah dazzled fans in December at the annual Red Rocks Preview. Utah returns four All-Americans: sophomore Kari Lee, senior Baely Rowe, and sophomores Sabrina Schwab and Maddy Stover. Rowe is the team’s only senior. Utah also features highly anticipated 2016 U.S. Olympic alternate freshman MyKayla Skinner.
"We have a young but extremely talented team," said Utah co-head coach Tom Farden. "The expectations for our team every season are to qualify into the Super Six and challenge for a national championship. This year is no different and we are pleased to see that the other coaches see us in that same light."
Utah was also picked to finish second in the Pac-12 in the preseason Pac-12 coaches’ poll. Utah received three of the eight first place votes, with the other five all going to defending champion UCLA, who was picked to finish first. Utah and UCLA will face off in the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Feb. 18.
The Red Rocks will kick off their 2017 season on Saturday Jan. 7 at 5:00 p.m. MDT against No. 7 Michigan. Television coverage of the meet will be provided by Pac-12 Network if you are not able to make it to the top 10 showdown.