From being a crucial part in the lineup to being obscure, the gymnastics season has been a frustrating one for Utah sophomore Stephanie Lim.
Lim, who competed on everything but the balance beam last year, finally broke into the lineup on Friday, when she scored a 9.825 on the vault.
For the other meets, Lim was relegated to competing in exhibition alone. Lim has been slowed this year because of continuing troubles in her right knee. She had arthroscopic surgery on it two years ago and is considering more when the current season ends.
Now, with the season drawing to an end, Lim is feeling better than she has all year, and hopes to stay in the lineup.
"It has been frustrating because I led off last year," Lim said. "But our team is better and we have a lot more depth. I'll keep working hard, even last year I didn't know if I was going to compete at nationals, then I competed on two events the first night and three in the Super Six."
Utah coach Greg Marsden said he is considering keeping her in the vault lineup.
Senior Gritt Hofmann gave Utah's home crowd a thrill Friday, bringing back her wildly popular floor routine from a year ago. She earned a 9.875 with it after landing low on her final pass.
Hofmann said she enjoyed doing the routine again, but was shelving it for good.
"I'm going back to the other one for the rest of the season," she said. "It will make that last performance that much more special."
Ashley Postell became the first gymnast to earn consecutive 10.0s on the balance beam when she received her second against Arizona State.
However, the freshman, who jumped to No. 1 in the national rankings on the event this week, said her most recent performance seemed better to her than the other.
"It felt a lot better," she said. "When I hit it, I had a better idea of what I'd get."
Kristen Kenoyer earned back-to-back 10.0s on the vault and Theresa Kulikowski did the same on the uneven bars.
None ever have earned three straight, but Postell seems capable of doing so.
"I'm feeling more and more confident," Postell said. "Before I was nervous, now I just get up there and do it."
Another league title
With Utah State joining the Western Athletic Conference next year, the WAC has decided to hold a conference championship meet and will include some teams not associated with a conference. The first championships will be held in Logan.
In the rankings
Utah swapped places with LSU, once again taking over the nation's top ranking. Brigham Young is 14th, Utah State is 16th and Southern Utah is 17th.
This is the last week for teams to have scores that will count toward their regional qualifying scores. The top 18 teams are guaranteed a spot in the regionals.
Individually, Postell is ranked third in the all-around, Annabeth Eberle is sixth and Nicolle Ford is seventh. Postell is ranked first on the beam and Ford is sixth, and Rachel Tidd is third on the uneven bars.
Not your average cold
Many of Utah's athletes have had colds the past several weeks, but Tidd's was a little different.
Tidd, who took herself out of two events last week and competed only on the bars and vault against Arizona State, has struggled with an inner ear infection, which also caused some intense headaches.
Tidd finally is starting to respond to a new wave of medication, and she might be able to compete in the all-around against BYU.
Friday: Utah State, Southern Utah University, Boise State and CS Fullerton in the WGC Championships in Fullerton, Calif., 8 p.m.
Saturday: Utah at BYU, 7 p.m.