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No. 9 Gymnasts Host Arizona State Friday

Tory Wilson is ranked No. 2 in the nation on vault. She has won the vault at all three meets.

Tory Wilson is ranked No. 2 in the nation on vault. She has won the vault at all three meets.

Jan. 28, 2013



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The No. 9-ranked Utah gymnastics team (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) returns home to host Arizona State (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 1 in "Daddy-Daughter" night. The meet starts at 7 p.m. MST in the Huntsman Center. The meet will not be televised, but there will be free live video streaming at http://pac-12.com/live/utahutes.aspx and live scores at UtahUtes.com.


Dads and their daughters may obtain free online coupons for Daddy-Daughter night by using the special promo code RedRocksDads at utahtickets.com ... The Utah-ASU meet is also Residence Hall Association night ... Friday's meet is the first of two straight home meets for the Utes, who host Cal on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. ... Utah's crowd of 14,917 for its home opener on Jan. 19 was the second-largest crowd ever for a Utah home opener and the largest home-opening crowd for the Utes since 1992.


Sophomore All-American Tory Wilson, who has won the vault in all three meets, is ranked second in the nation this week with a 9.933 season average. She has scored a 9.95 in the last two meets ... the Utes are 3-0 at home (all three wins coming in a quad meet on Jan. 19) and 1-1 on the road ... While the Utes have beaten two Pac-12 schools (Oregon State and Arizona), their league record is 1-1 since the OSU win came in a non-conference meet. Utah's loss was at UCLA ... Ute individual winners: Georgia Dabritz (5), Wilson (3), Corrie Lothrop (2), Nansy Damianova (1), Mary Beth Lofgren (1) and Becky Tutka (1) ... Utes have won or tied for every individual event and all-around title in the last two meets ... The Utes have hit 67-72 routines this season. Gymnasts without a fall are Lothrop (12-12), Breanna Hughes (6-6), Tutka (6-6) and Lia Del Priore (3-3).


Freshman Haley Lange got her first test as a Ute in exhibition at Arizona and scored a 9.725 on vault and a 9.775 on beam in non-counting routines ... Mary Beth Lofgren, a starter on beam and floor, was an exhibition all-arounder at Arizona, where her 39.250 total would have tied for second had all her scores counted ... The only Ute who has not done a routine this season is sophomore All-American Kailah Delaney, who remains sidelined with a knee injury that required surgery in the preseason.


Despite a win over No. 13 Arizona and the seventh-best road score in the nation this year (Utah won 196.600-196.075), the Utes slipped one spot to No. 9 in the national rankings based on their 196.283 season average. Tory Wilson is ranked second in the nation on vault (9.933 average), Georgia Dabritz is fifth on bars (9.883) and the Utes have two top-20 all-arounders: No. 13 Corrie Lothrop (39.317) and No. 18 Dabritz (39.275). See page 3 for complete rankings.


Mary Beth Lofgren's 9.90 on the balance beam as Utah's final competitor helped the No. 8 Utes fend off No. 13 Arizona, 196.600-196.075, in Tucson. Lofgren was one of five Ute winners, joining Corrie Lothrop (all-around, 39.400), Tory Wilson (vault, 9.95), Georgia Dabritz (bars, 9.875) and Becky Tutka (floor, 9.90). The Utes scored season highs on vault (49.325), bars (49.175) and floor (49.275), but had to fight to hang on at the end after a fall and a near fall on the beam.


(For complete series results, see page 4) ... Utah is 63-16-1 all-time against ASU and 32-2 against the Sun Devils in Salt Lake City. Utah's only losses on its home court came at the 1976 AIAW Regionals in the first year of the program's existence (ASU won the meet and Utah finished second) and in a 2003 dual meet ... The Utes have won the last 12 matchups--most recently at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, where Utah placed second and ASU sixth ... ASU's last win over the Utes was in 2003.


Coach: John Spini (33rd year) 2012 NCAA Finish: DNQ National Rank: NR 2013 Record: 2-2, 0-1 Pac-12 Season-high 195.600 last Friday in a loss to UCLA (196.375) ... wins were against Sacramento State and San Jose State in Sacramento ... losses were to two top 10 opponents: Oklahoma, currently No. 2, and UCLA, currently No. 4 ... Devils don't use any all-arounders ... John Spini, in his 33rd season, is the longest-tenured coach in ASU athletics history.

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