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No. 4 Gymnasts Open Pac-12 Play at Cal Friday

Georgia Dabritz' 9.95 on this routine last week ties her for first nationally with teammate Tory Wilson.

Georgia Dabritz' 9.95 on this routine last week ties her for first nationally with teammate Tory Wilson.

Jan. 13, 2014

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The No. 4-ranked Utah gymnastics team (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) makes its first road trip of the season, opening Pac-12 play against California (3-2, 0-1 Pac-12) on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. PT (8 p.m. MT) ... There is no TV or live video stream ... Live scores can be found on CalBears.com and live commentary on UtahUtes.com.


All three of Utah's wins came in its season opener last Saturday against Boise State, Brigham Young and Southern Utah. Utah's 196.650 in the meet is tied for the fourth-best score in the country with Florida ... The Utes lost junior Kassandra Lopez for the season to an Achilles tear in pre-meet warm-ups on floor last Saturday. She was slated to start on vault, bars and beam and was in the exhibition lineup on floor ... This is the second-straight year that Utah has lost a gymnast for the season to an Achilles tear in the meet prior to the California matchup. Last year, five-time All-American and 2012 Pac-12 all-around champion Corrie Lothrop ruptured her Achilles a week before the Utes met Cal ... Utah coach Greg Marsden, in his 39th season, needs three victories to become the sport's first 1,000-win coach. He owns a 997-199-7 career record ... The Utes have set a school record for season tickets, topping 7,000 for the first time. They drew 14,910 fans to their first meet of the season last Saturday, which is the 15th-biggest crowd in school history.


Utah is tied for fourth in the latest national rankings with Florida--a two-spot jump from the preseason coaches' poll. The rankings are based on season average through Feb. 17. Utah's best event ranking is on vault, where the Utes are No. 2 with a 49.425 season average. Georgia Dabritz and Tory Wilson are tied for first in the nation on bars with a 9.95 season best/average. See page 3 for complete ranking information.


All-Americans Kailah Delaney and Corrie Lothrop returned last week from injuries that sidelined them for all or most of last season. Both competed on two events and Delaney tied for first on vault with a 9.90 ... Georgia Dabritz and Tory Wilson have the best score in the nation so far on bars (9.95). Dabritz was the 2013 NCAA runner-up on bars, while Wilson was a a last-minute replacement for Kassandra Lopez, who suffered a season-ending injury in warm-ups ... The team's only freshman, Baely Rowe, debuted on beam in last week's quad meet and scored a 9.75. She was initially scheduled to perform in exhibition before Lopez was injured ... There are a school-record nine All-Americans on Utah's roster.


Double winners for Utah in its season opener were Georgia Dabritz (tied for first on vault and bars) and Tory Wilson (bars and all-around) ... Dabritz has 32 career victories, which leads the team ... Kailah Delaney tied for first on vault last week in her very first routine since missing all of last season with a knee injury. Delaney has won a third of her all-time competitions with six career wins in 18 routines ... Nansy Damianova has one win this season (on floor) ... The Utes have completed 22-24 routines without a fall. Gymnasts without a fall are Tory Wilson (4-4), Georgia Dabritz (3-3), Lia Del Priore (2-2), Kailah Delaney (2-2), Breanna Hughes (2-2), Mary Beth Lofgren (2-2), Becky Tutka (2-2), Hailee Hansen (1-1), Baely Rowe (1-1).


(For complete series results, see page 2) ... Utah has an 11-0 series lead over Cal and is 2-0 in Berkeley ... The Utes have not met the Bears in a dual meet in Berkeley since 1983. Utah last competed in Haas Pavilion at the 2007 NCAA Regional, which the Utes won. They went on to place second at the 2007 NCAA Championships.


Coach: Justin Howell (2nd season)
2013 NCAA Finish: DNQ
National Rank: NR
2014 Record: 3-2
Notes: Bears were ranked No. 22 in the preseason coaches' poll but dropped out of the rankings this week ... losses were to then No. 9 Stanford and No. 18 Denver ... wins came against San Jose State, Sacramento State and UC-Davis at the NorCal meet in Sacramento on Jan. 5 ... senior Alicia Asturias won the all-around at Denver last week (39.125) and won three event titles at the NorCal meet ... Friday's meet is Cal's home opener.

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