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No. 4 Gymnasts Host No. 13 Arizona Friday

Be in your seats by 6:45 Friday for a special presentation to Greg Marsden, pictured here during his 1,000th career win last week at ASU.

Be in your seats by 6:45 Friday for a special presentation to Greg Marsden, pictured here during his 1,000th career win last week at ASU.

Feb. 3, 2014

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The No. 4-ranked Utah gymnastics team (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) hosts No. 13 Arizona (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:00 p.m. MT. Meet introductions will start at 6:45 p.m. with a pre-meet recognition of Utah coach Greg Marsden for becoming the first 1,000-win coach in NCAA gymnastics history. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. Live scores can be found at UtahUtes.com.


The first 1,000 fans through the door on Friday will receive a special Girls Night Out gift bag. Girls who visit the Kids' Zone on the concourse will receive a "Becky Bow," a replica of the bow Utah junior Becky Tutka wears in her hair. The Utah volleyball team will tie the "Becky Bows" for participants in the Kids' Zone.


Utah is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since its NCAA runner-up season in 2008 ... Junior All-American Georgia Dabritz, the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for the first three meets of the season, has won nine of her 12 events, including all four bar competitions ... Tucson, Ariz., native Kassandra Lopez will be unable to compete against her hometown team this Friday. Lopez, a projected all-arounder, is out for the season after tearing her Achilles in pre-meet warm-ups on Jan. 11 ... Utah is 53-0 all-time against the Wildcats. See Series Shorts for more ... The Utes are averaging 14,696 fans a meet in the Huntsman Center with a season-high of 14,910 for the opener and 14,483 against UCLA on Jan. 25.


Utah is ranked No. 4 in the nation for the fourth-straight week and is No. 1 on vault (49.494 season average), No. 3 on floor (49.356), No. 5 on bars (49.238) and No. 13 on beam (48.875). Georgia Dabritz is ranked No. 2 on both bars (9.931 average) and floor (9.938), and is tied with teammate Tory Wilson for No. 6 on vault (9.913). Kailah Delaney ranks No. 2 in the nation on vault (9.931) and Corrie Lothrop has broken into the beam rankings at No. 23 (9.837). See page 3 for complete ranking information.


Utah has three vaulters ranked in the top 10 this week: Kailah Delaney at No. 2, and Georgia Dabritz and Tory Wilson tied at No. 6 ... Dabritz has won multiple events in all four meets: She was a double winner in three meets and won all three of her events against UCLA ... Wilson, Utah's only all-arounder, has three all-around wins in the first four meets ... Ute winners: Dabritz (9), Wilson (5), Kailah Delaney (2), Corrie Lothrop (2) and Nansy Damianova (1) ... The Utes have completed 89-96 routines without a fall. Gymnasts without a fall are Dabritz (12-12), Delaney (9-9), Becky Tutka (8-8), Lia Del Priore (5-5) and Hailee Hansen (4-4).


Utah continues to juggle its beam lineup and the projected lineup for Friday has freshman Baely Rowe leading off for the first time of her career ... Corrie Lothrop, Utah's best at what are considered the toughest positions in the balance beam lineup--leadoff and anchor--moved to the end of the lineup last week at ASU and scored a career-high 9.95. Lothrop led off the lineup in the first three meets ... Georgia Dabritz is edging closer to a position in the beam lineup. Dabritz, who has a 9.90 career-high, was a first-team All-America all-arounder last season, but has not cracked the beam lineup yet in 2014 ... Haley Lange did a nice floor routine in exhibition at ASU (9.725) and she and Kailah Delaney are both battling Lia Del Priore for a position in the floor lineup.


(For complete series results, see page 2) ... Utah leads the series with Arizona 53-0. Utah is 18-0 against the Wildcats in Salt Lake City.


Coach: Bill Ryden (16th season) 2013 NCAA Finish: NA National Rank: No. 13 2014 Record: 3-2, (1-1 Pac-12) Notes: Ranked No. 13 ... scored a season-high 196.925 in a home loss to No. 1 Oklahoma (197.575) on Jan. 25 ... UA beat Washington last Saturday in Tucson 196.500-195.175 to even its Pac-12 record at 1-1 ... Pac-12 loss was by less than a tenth of a point at Stanford (195.925-195.850) ... 2-1 away from home with wins over Illinois-Chicago and Sacramento State (at Stanford).



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