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Gymnasts Take Third at Pac-12 Championships

Utes congratulate Tory Wilson after her 9.95 vault pushed them into the lead at the halfway mark. Utah couldn't hold on at the end.

Utes congratulate Tory Wilson after her 9.95 vault pushed them into the lead at the halfway mark. Utah couldn't hold on at the end.

March 23, 2013


For three rotations, the Utah gymnasts were atop the field at the Pac-12 Championships, but on the last event, Ute errors on the beam allowed Oregon State and UCLA to surge ahead. The Beavers won the title on their home floor with a season-high 197.850, followed by UCLA (197.375), Utah (197.075), Stanford (196.625), Washington (195.875) Arizona (195.525), California (195.075) and Arizona State (193.425).

"It's too bad," said Utah Coach Greg Marsden after seeing his team lose a shot at the school's first Pac-12 Championship. "We had three good events and then went to balance beam and didn't handle it well. We fought to stay on it instead of being aggressive."

Although the top-seeded Utes didn't count a fall, hitting 23-of-24 routines, they were forced to count a 9.625 on the beam from Becky Tutka after Georgia Dabritz toppled as their last competitor.

For the first time this season, Utah failed to win an individual title. Tory Wilson, who was 10-0 on the vault entering the meet, tied for second with Dabritz and three others when UCLA's Vanessa Zamarripa scored a 10.0 on the second to last vault of the night.

Still, Wilson fared well in her first championships as an all-arounder, placing fourth with a 39.45. "Tory couldn't have done any more than she did tonight," said Marsden. It was another great meet for her."

Said Wilson of her win streak ending on the vault, "I knew eventually it would happen and Vanessa (Zamarripa) is a really good gymnast. I just did my vault and went on to bars. We showed we're a strong team and we had a good night. We'll be ready for regionals."

The Utes got the meet off to a good start on the floor, scoring a 49.40 with Becky Tutka (9.925) and Georgia Dabritz (9.90) the high scorers. After one rotation, Utah (49.40) was in second behind UCLA (49.45 on bars). Next were OSU (49.275 on beam) and Stanford (49.050 on vault).



In the second round, led by 9.95 scores from Dabritz and Tory Wilson, Utah tied its second-best vault score of the season with a 49.475. The big set, along with a fall and a near fall by UCLA on the beam, allowed the Utes to take the lead at the midway point. After two rotations, it was Utah (98.875), OSU (98.725), UCLA (98.425) and Stanford (98.300).

Utah's 49.375 on bars was its best road score of the year on the event and Kassandra Lopez and Nansy Damianova tied career highs by scoring 9.90s. Oregon State countered with a 49.450 on vault, though, to slash Utah's lead to 148.250-148.175. UCLA's 49.450 on floor moved its score to 147.875 after three events. Stanford was fourth at 148.450.

On the last rotation, OSU shattered its previous season high on bars, which was 49.375, by scoring a 49.675. UCLA's 49.50 on vault--the best of the night on the event--pushed the Bruins ahead of the Utes, who managed only a 48.825 on the beam. It was the first time Utah failed to reach 49.00 on the beam in its past seven meets.

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