Three-event winner Corrie Lothrop was one of four Utes to score a 9.90 on bars in a win over BYU.
Jan. 27, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY
An overflow Huntsman Center crowd of 15,310 witnessed another spectacular performance by the No. 3-ranked Ute gymnasts, who schooled rival Brigham Young 197.550-194.450 to improve to 88-2 all-time against the Cougars and 2-1 on the season. It was the fourth-largest crowd in Utah history and marked the 10th time a U. gymnastics crowd has exceeded the arena's 15,000-seat capacity.
It seemed as though nearly every routine brought a new career high for the Utes, who earned the highest score by a Utah team since the 2009 NCAA Regionals in Seattle (won by Utah with a 197.675). Sophomore Corrie Lothrop epitomized Utah's performance, setting or tying career highs on every event and in the all-around, while winning three of those. Lothrop won her first all-around of the season with a career-best 39.575, and also won floor (9.925) and tied for first on bars (9.90).
Utah's first win of the night came from freshman Kailah Delaney on the vault with a 9.95. On bars, the last four Utes went for 9.90 with Cortni Beers, Georgia Dabritz, Lothrop and Stephanie McAllister sharing the victory stand. Beers backed it up on beam, winning with a 9.90 and on floor Lothrop took top honors with a 9.925.
Delaney highlighted a 49.300 vault set for the Utes, who led BYU (48.800 on bars) after the first rotation. Her vault, the best by a Ute this season, marked her third 9.90 or better on the event in as many meets. Lothrop tied her career high with a 9.875.
Kassandra Lopez started off the second rotation with an impressive 9.85 routine on bars before Nansy Damianova, in her first bar routine of the season, fell. Her teammates responded with four straight 9.90s to close a 49.45 set, easily Utah's best this season. Beers started the 9.90 parade with her career-best, followed by "No Grips" Dabritz, Lothrop (career tying) and McAllister. At the midway point, Utah led by a point, 98.750-97.725.
Lopez, trying out the difficult lead-off spot on beam for the first time to allow Lothrop to move down in the lineup, justified the move by scoring a season-best 9.85. Lothrop was also helped by the switch when one competitor later, she popped for a career-tying 9.875. Mary Beth Lofgren's best score of the season, a 9.875, set up Beers, who received a career-high 9.90. It capped a nice night for the senior, who one event prior set a career-best on bars with a 9.90. A 9.85 by anchor Kyndal Robarts gave Utah a season-best 49.35 on the beam. After three rotations, Utah led 148.100-146.500.
On floor, where Utah is ranked No. 1 in the nation, Becky Tutka showed why she may be the best leadoff floor worker in the nation. Her routine, already wildly popular with the gymnastics-savvy Salt Lake City crowd, earned a 9.90 on this occasion. The score held up as the evening's best until Lothrop hit an upgraded routine for a 9.925 and McAllister closed the set with a 9.90.