Utes » First such drop since 1984.
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Utah's gymnastics team plummeted in the national rankings from No. 2 to No. 11 after its disappointing 196.6-195.125 loss Saturday at UCLA, but it wasn't the only traditional power to struggle.
While the Bruins jumped from fifth to No. 1, other teams typically near the top slipped along with the Utes. Georgia, ranked No. 1 in the preseason, fell to No. 10 after its 195.15-195.05 win against Stanford.
Others that posted low scores included Florida at No. 8 with a 195.275 and LSU, which had a 194.375.
Iowa State, which visits Utah on Friday, is ranked No. 21 with a 193.3.
Utah's fall marks the first time it has been out of the Top 10 since the school began keeping records of the rankings in 1984.
Utah coach Greg Marsden noted the polls don't mean much right now in themselves, but are an indication of the work the Utes have ahead of them to fix their mistakes.
"It's like I said going into the meet and coming out of it, you have to go into the first meet and see where the problems are," he said. "Now we have something to talk about and something specific to work on."
Marsden said from watching film the biggest difference between UCLA and Utah was conditioning.
Rizzo on floor?
Senior Beth Rizzo , who earned a 9.675 on the vault at UCLA in her first competition since suffering a season-ending injury on the floor against the Bruins last year, might compete on the floor against Iowa State, Marsden said. Marsden said Rizzo is a little nervous about competing on floor again, which is why he isn't pushing her to rejoin the lineup.
Utah's Kyndal Robarts is tied for ninth on the balance beam with a 9.85 and Annie DiLuzio is tied for seventh on the floor with a 9.875. ... Friday's night is designated as "Autograph Night," with the Utah gymnasts signing posters after the meet.