Feb. 20, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY
Utah-Stanford Press Release
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THIS WEEK IN UTAH GYMNASTICS
No. 5 ranked Utah (5-1) hosts No. 12 Stanford (7-2) in its inaugural Pac-12 home meet on Friday, Feb. 24. The meet starts at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center. Friday's meet will be Utah's annual Autograph Night with the Ute gymnasts staying after the meet to sign team posters. Live scores and video will be available on UtahUtes.com.
The first 1,000 fans in the arena Friday will receive a free mini replica of the Huntsman Center in honor of Utah's inaugural Pac-12 meet in the facility ... Friday's meet is the team's only autograph night this season ... Utah is leading the nation in gymnastics attendance, averaging 14,454 fans with one sellout in the 15,000-seat Huntsman Center (15,310 vs. BYU on Jan. 27). It was the fourth-biggest crowd ever to attend a gymnastics meet in the Huntsman Center and Utah's 10th 15,000-plus crowd ever ... This is the last week the rankings will be based on season average. Starting Feb. 27, the rankings will be derived from a team's regional qualifying score, which is obtained by taking its six best scores, three of which must have come on the road, dropping the high score and then averaging the remaining five scores.
After three weeks at No. 1, Utah slipped to No. 5 in the national rankings this week even after beating Michigan on the road ... The Utes held on to their top ranking on floor ... Utah is 3-0 at home this season ... Utah is 277-45-3 all-time against Pac-12 teams ... Sophomore Corrie Lothrop
leads Utah with 10 wins. Freshman Georgia Dabritz
has seven wins and senior Stephanie McAllister
has six ... McAllister earned her 20th career victory last week at Michigan (on bars) ... McAllister has been Utah's high finisher on bars in five of its six meets including the last four ... A Ute has won beam in all six meets: McAllister at UCLA, Kyndal Robarts
vs. Utah State, Cortni Beers
vs. Brigham Young and Michigan, and Lothrop vs. Georgia and Arizona State ... Utah's first four gymnasts on floor in last week's meet against Michigan were freshmen ... The 2012 Utes have hit 137-144 routines. Gymnasts without a fall are: Lothrop (24-24), Beers (12-12), Kailah Delaney
(8-8), Tory Wilson
(7-7), Becky Tutka
(6-6) and Hailee Hansen
UTES IN THE RANKINGS
Utah is ranked No. 5 this week with a 196.721 season average. Utah's best event ranking is on floor, where the Utes are No. 1 with a 49.204 average. They are ranked third on beam (49.167), tied for fourth on vault (49.288) and eighth on bars (49.063). Utah's best individual rankings follow: Kyndal Robarts
, ninth on beam (9.854 average); Corrie Lothrop
, 10th on beam (9.846) and floor (9.883) and 13th in the all-around (39.367); Kailah Delaney
, tied for 10th on vault (9.896) and Stephanie McAllister
, tied for 13th on bars (9.863). See page 3 for complete national rankings.
The Utes were solid on all four events in beating Michigan 196.050-194.850 in a tightly-scored meet in Ann Arbor. Corrie Lothrop
and Stephanie McAllister
tied for first on bars (9.80), Georgia Dabritz
and Kailah Delaney
tied for first on vault (9.90) and Cortni Beers
won beam (9.85).
(For complete series results, see page 4) ... Utah leads the overall series with Stanford 16-4, including a 7-1 record in Salt Lake City ... Stanford has won the last two meetings, beating Utah at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Fla., and in a dual meet in Salt Lake City last January ... Utah's last win against the Cardinal was at the 2008 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. ... Utah's most recent victory against Stanford in Salt Lake City came at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
Coach: Kristen Smyth
Coach's Record/Year: 167-44-1/11th year
2011 NCAA Finish: DNQ
2012 Record: 7-2
National Rank: No. 12
Team Notes: Friday's meet marks Stanford's fifth-straight road meet ... season-high 196.375 in last week's Metroplex Challenge in Ft. Worth, Texas ... top all-arounders are Nicole Pechanec (39.325 high) and Ashley Morgan (39.30) ... sophomore captain Amanda Spinner is competing for the first time in more than two years after undergoing six knee operations.