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Gymnasts Host OSU, West Virginia, SUU Saturday

Georgia Dabritz is the seventh-ranked all-arounder in the country this week.

Georgia Dabritz is the seventh-ranked all-arounder in the country this week.

Jan. 14, 2013

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Four nationally-ranked teams will square off in the Huntsman Center on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. when No. 15 Utah (0-1) hosts No. 20 Southern Utah (0-1), No. 22 West Virginia (1-0) and No. 23 Oregon State (1-2). The home opener is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. Faculty/staff and their families will receive free admission by showing their U. ID Card upon entrance (limit six per U. ID Card). The meet will not be televised, but there will be Free Live Video Streaming and live scores Live Scores.


Saturday's quad meet will feature a new format. Rather than all four events running simultaneously as is typical for a four-team meet, only one competitor will compete at a time, allowing fans to watch every routine ... Utah has sold nearly 6,700 season tickets--a new school record ... Utah has not hosted a regular season Saturday home meet in 11 years since beating Brigham Young 198.425-195.250 on Mar. 23, 2002 (the second-best score in school history) ... The last time Utah hosted a regular season meet on a day other than Friday was on Monday, Mar. 6, 2006. The Utes lost that one by the narrowest of margins to Georgia, 197.100-197.075 ... Recognized at the meet for making a difference in the community will be volunteers with the Big Sisters, Girl Scouts and Bennion Center ... It is also LDS Student Association Night ... Utah and Southern Utah both lost at UCLA in their only meets to date. The Utes scored a 195.30, while SUU scored a 194.875.


Sophomore Tory Wilson picked up Utah's first individual victory of the season while earning her first career victory at UCLA. Wilson tied for first on vault with Utah's highest score on any event (9.90) ... Wilson and sophomore Becky Tutka made the beam lineup for the first time of their young careers. Wilson fell in her first try on the beam but Tutka scored a 9.75 ... Utah has hit 20-24 routines with three falls on bars and one on beam. Gymnasts without a fall are Georgia Dabritz (4-4), Corrie Lothrop (4-4), Breanna Hughes (2-2), Tutka (2-2) and Lia Del Priore (1-1).


Sophomore Kassandra Lopez was scheduled to go all-around last week at UCLA before she injured her calf in the final practice before the team departed for the trip. Her status for this Saturday is uncertain ... While freshman Breanna Hughes was the only Ute to debut last week at UCLA, junior Lia Del Priore made the starting lineup for the first time in two years. Hughes scored a 9.85 on bars and a 9.825 on beam, and Del Priore scored a 9.85 on vault ... Competing in the all-around for the first time since her freshman season was Mary Beth Lofgren. Her best score came on floor (9.80).


Utah dropped 10 spots from its preseason No. 5 ranking after falling three times on bars at UCLA last week and scoring a 195.300. The Utes begin the week ranked No. 15 with a 195.300 "season average" based on its first score. Utah's best individual rankings come from Georgia Dabritz (No. 7 in the all-around, tied for eighth on bars and tied for 12th on beam), Tory Wilson (tied for eighth on vault) and Corrie Lothrop tied for 12th in the all-around). See page 3 for complete rankings.


Three of Utah's first four competitors fell off the bars and the Utes fell to UCLA 197.425-195.300 in the season opener. Tory Wilson picked up Utah's first individual win of the year, tying for first on vault with a 9.90. Georgia Dabritz (39.40) and Corrie Lothrop (39.30) finished second and third in the all-around.


Utah leads the series with OSU 59-8 and is 29-0 against the Beavers in Salt Lake City. The Utes have won the last three meets with OSU. Utah is 18-0 against Southern Utah and 12-0 at home. The Utes own a 4-0 series lead over West Virginia (2-0 in Salt Lake City). See page 2 for complete series scores.


Coach: Tanya Chaplin (16th year)
2012 NCAA Finish: 12th
National Rank: No. 23
2013 Record: 1-2
Finished third at Cancun Classic behind Michigan and BYU before beating Ohio State last week at home ... season high 195.375 against OSU (195.00) ... top all-arounder is Makayla Stambaugh (38.850 season high) ... Two All-Americans: seniors Stambaugh and Melanie Jones.


Coach: Jason Butts (2nd year)
2012 NCAA Finish: DNQ
National Rank: No. 22
2013 Record: 1-0
Won season-opener last Friday against Pitt (194.675-193.55) ... top all-arounder is Hope Sloanhoffer (38.475 season best)


Coach: Scott Bauman (21st year)
2012 NCAA Finish: DNQ
National Rank: No. 20
2013 Record: 0-1
School-best season-opener score of 194.875 in loss to UCLA (196.150) in Los Angeles on Jan. 6 ... Alyssa Click won the beam at UCLA (9.875) ... top all-arounder is Michaela Chernoch (39.025 season best).



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