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No. 7 Gymnasts Host No. 23 Cal Saturday

Tory Wilson is ranked No. 1 in the nation on vault this week and has won all four vault competitions.

Tory Wilson is ranked No. 1 in the nation on vault this week and has won all four vault competitions.

Feb. 4, 2013

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The No. 7-ranked Utah gymnastics team (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) stays at home to host No. 23 Cal (6-3, 1-3 Pac-12) on Saturday, Feb. 9. The annual Short People Appreciation Night 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.


Every fan shorter than the 5-foot gymnast cutout at the entries will get into the meet for free. Seating is general admission, so fans are advised to arrive early to get seats ... While this Saturday's meet will not be televised, Utah's next two meets will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The meet at Washington on Feb. 15 will be tape delayed (airing regionally on Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. MT). Utah's home meet against Stanford on Feb. 23 is slated for a live national telecast at 8 p.m. MT ... In their first two home meets, the Utes averaged crowds of 14,664.


Defending Pac-12 all-around champion, five-time All-American and junior co-captain Corrie Lothrop is lost for the season after rupturing her left Achilles tendon during floor warm-ups in last Friday's meet against ASU. Lothrop, who had just won the balance beam with a 9.875 and was leading the all-around competition, has already had her other Achilles repaired (she tore her right Achilles prior to coming to Utah). Since she has competed in four meets, Lothrop will not be eligible for a medical hardship year. Lothrop ends her season ranked 13th in the country in the all-around and tied for 19th on bars. She completed all 15 routines without a fall, had only one score below a 9.80, and nine of her 15 routines scored a 9.85 or better. She finished with three victories--one all-around, one beam and one floor.


Sophomore All-American Tory Wilson is the nation's top ranked vaulter, averaging a 9.944 through the first four meets, and 2012 Pac-12 uneven bar champion Georgia Dabritz is tied for second nationally on bars (9.90 average). Wilson has won every vault competition, most recently by scoring a career-best 9.975 vs. Arizona State, while Dabritz has three wins on bars (9.95 best) ... The Utes are 4-0 at home, with three wins coming in a Jan. 19 quad meet and the other against ASU ... While the Utes have beaten three Pac-12 schools (Oregon State, Arizona and ASU), their league record is 2-1 since the OSU win came in a non-conference meet. Utah's loss was at UCLA ... Ute individual winners: Georgia Dabritz (7), Wilson (4), Corrie Lothrop (3), Becky Tutka (2), Nansy Damianova (1) and Mary Beth Lofgren (1) ... Utes have won or tied for every individual event and all-around title in the last three meets ... The Utes have hit 89-96 routines. Gymnasts without a fall are Lothrop (15-15), Breanna Hughes (8-8), Tutka (8-8) and Lia Del Priore (5-5).


With junior all-arounder Corrie Lothrop lost the season, the Utes must fill four spots in the lineup. Anticipated replacements are Mary Beth Lofgren (vault), Tory Wilson (bars), Haley Lange (beam) and Lia Del Priore (floor) ... Saturday's meet will mark Wilson's all-around debut, as well as the first scoring routine for the freshman Lange ... Injuries have taken a big toll on the Utes this season. All-Americans Lothrop and Kailah Delaney are out--Lothrop (Achilles surgery) for the season and Delaney (knee surgery) indefinitely--and projected all-arounder Kassandra Lopez (calf) can only do bars.


Utah jumped two places in the rankings to No. 7--its best mark since a No. 5 preseason ranking. Tory Wilson leads the nation on vault (9.944 season average), Georgia Dabritz is tied for second on bars (9.9), Becky Tutka is tied for 12th on floor (9.881) and Corrie Lothrop is 13th in the all-around (39.317). Other Utes in the top 25 are Dabritz on vault (15T/9.888), Lothrop on bars (19T/9.85), Breanna Hughes on beam (25T/9.838) and Nansy Damianova on floor (23T/9.863). See page 3 for complete rankings.


The No. 9-ranked Utah gymnasts beat Arizona State 196.425-195.450--scoring season highs on three events--but the mood was somber after the team learned it had lost its leader for the season to a ruptured Achilles. Defending Pac-12 champion, five-time All-American and junior co-captain Corrie Lothrop was injured in warm-ups before Utah's final event--the floor exercise. Tory Wilson won her fourth-straight vault competition with a 9.975, Georgia Dabritz won the all-around (38.90) and bars (9.95), Lothrop won beam (9.875) and Becky Tutka won floor (9.925) as Utah swept the individual titles.


(For complete series results, see page 2) ... Utah is 9-0 all-time against Cal and 4-0 in the Huntsman Center ... They met most recently at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, where Utah placed second and Cal finished eighth ... The Utes have not hosted the Bears in a regular season home meet since 2005.


Coach: Justin Howell (1st year)
2012 NCAA Finish: DNQ
National Rank: No. 23
2013 Record: 6-3 (1-3 Pac-12)
Season high 195.775 on Jan. 26 in loss to No. 10 Stanford (196.450) ... 195.775 was Cal's best score in six years ... Pac-12 win came against Arizona and losses were to Stanford, Washington and Oregon State ... top all-arounder is Alicia Asturias (39.30 best) ... Madisyn O'Brien has won three bar competitions, with a high score of 9.95--the best event score by a Golden Bear since 2004.


In his 38th season, Greg Marsden has a 979-191-6 record and 10 national championships. His regular season record is 459-77-2. Megan Marsden, in her fourth year as the co-head coach (29th year overall), has a 63-30 career record.



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