Utes, fans get preview of season

Utah Gymnastics
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Sneak Peek

l What: A chance for fans to meet the No. 5-ranked 2005 team.

l When: Today

at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

l Where: Huntsman Center

Utah gymnastics fans can get their first look at the 2005 squad on Friday, when the team holds its Sneak Peek in the Huntsman Center at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free event.

The team, ranked No. 5 in the coaches' preseason poll, will be introduced to fans, sign autographs and demonstrate routines. It also marks the first time fans can meet the freshmen, including Ashley Postell, a former U.S. national team member who won the 2002 World Balance Beam championship.

While the event is supposed to be fun, Utah coach Greg Marsden said there is a serious side to it, since it is the first time the team will perform in front of a large audience.

"You never know how they are going to react, some may surprise you, and some may choke," he said. "This isn't just a feel-good thing, it allows the whole team to work through it just like it was a meet."

The Utes have been practicing since September, and open the season Jan. 7 against two-time defending NCAA champ UCLA.

"We're marginally ready," Marsden said. "If we had to compete we could. We're going to do anything we feel like we can do safely on Friday.”