The loss of Katie Kivisto put Gabi Onodi in the uneven bars lineup earlier than expected in Utah's win over Oregon State on Friday. Onodi was slated to compete in exhibition, instead she led off the bars and scored a 9.45.
Onodi was doing fine in her routine until the Velcro on her left grip started to unravel. She was forced to swing down off the bars instead of performing a dismount. As a result, her routine started with a 9.8 start value.
Onodi, who missed two of the last three meets because of illness, was upset after the meet feeling like she'd blown her only chance.
"It seems like there is always someone ahead of me or something is always working against me," she said.
Utah coach Greg Marsden disagreed, and said she did the right thing by playing it safe.
"Katie is a big loss and we don't need any more injuries," he said. "Gabi wants to be in the lineup, and she will be."
Change of plans
Ashley Postell, who strained a tendon in her left foot Monday, was slated to go in the all-around Friday. As if a sore foot wasn't enough, Postell also came down with a cold and had trouble breathing.
The combination of the two forced her to pull out of the floor exercise.
She scored a 9.8 on the vault, 9.7 on the bars and a 9.875 on the balance beam.
Oregon State is playing host to the NCAA Championships, but it's doubtful the No. 17 Beavers will make the group of 12 teams. However, coach Tanya Chaplin is staying positive.
"There is always pressure when you host because we don't want to be in the stands watching," she said. "We know what we have to do and we have the potential, we just have to get everyone on the same page at the same time and make a good showing at regionals."
This and that
Jacey Draper, a transfer from Utah, hasn't competed this year for the Beavers because of a stress fracture in her shin. . . . OSU's Tasha Smith twisted an ankle in warmups and didn't compete. . . . OSU tied its season high on the vault with a 48.9. . . . Utah's attendance of 10,825 was a season low, following Monday's season high of 13,809.