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No. 5 Gymnasts Host Washington Friday at 6 p.m.

Mary Beth Lofgren reacts after winning the balance beam vs. OSU last Saturday with a 9.925.

Mary Beth Lofgren reacts after winning the balance beam vs. OSU last Saturday with a 9.925.

Feb. 24, 2014

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THIS WEEK IN UTAH GYMNASTICS


The No. 5-ranked Utah gymnasts (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) will host Washington (4-6, 0-5 Pac-12), Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Huntsman Center. Two popular promotions will run in conjunction with Friday's meet: It is the annual Short People Appreciation meet and anyone 5-foot or shorter will receive a free general admission ticket. The meet is also designated as Faculty/Staff night and University of Utah faculty and staff will receive up to six free general admission coupons with their U-ID cards. The Pac-12 Networks will televise the meet live with Jim Watson and Amanda Borden calling the action. Live scores will be available on www.utahutes.com.

THREE-MENDOUS

The Utes, who have out-scored the opponent in every meet this season on vault and floor--and in all but two meets on bars--are ranked No. 2 in the nation all three events. Tory Wilson and Kailah Delaney are ranked one-two on vault and Georgia Dabritz is No. 1 on floor and No. 2 on bars, where she is unbeaten this season (7-0). For more on Utah's national rankings, see In the Rankings.

QUICK STICKS

The gymnasts will sign autographs after Friday's meet. It is the only Autograph Night of the season ... Fans looking for tickets through the Short People promotion will size up against the 5-foot gymnast cutout at the entrances ... Utah has just two home meets left: Washington this Friday and Georgia on March 15 ... The Utes are averaging 14,275 fans a meet in the Huntsman Center this year. Utah's next crowd of 14,000 will be the 30th in school history.

IN THE RANKINGS

After six weeks at No. 4, the Utes slipped one spot to No. 5 in the new rankings, which are based for the first time this season on regional qualifying score (RQS). A team's RQS is obtained by taking the six best scores, three of which must have come on the road, dropping the high score and then averaging the remaining five scores. The Utes are No. 2 in the nation on vault (49.495), bars (49.355) and floor (49.390) and are tied for 17th on beam (48.810). Junior Georgia Dabritz is ranked No. 1 on floor (9.945) and No. 2 on bars (9.930). On vault, junior Tory Wilson is No. 1 (9.940) and sophomore Kailah Delaney is No. 2 (9.935). Also in the top 10 is Wilson in the all-around at No. 7 (39.445) and Nansy Damianova on bars at No. 9 (9.890). See page 3 for complete Utah rankings.

CHALK TALK

Utah's 49.625 on vault last Saturday is the best vault score in the nation this season ... Utah went 24-of-24 in hit routines for the first time this season in last week's win over Oregon State ... Georgia Dabritz, who leads Utah in wins with 15, is unbeaten on bars (7-0) and has won five of seven floor competitions. She won her first all-around title of the season last week with a 39.625--the best all-around score in the Pac-12 in 2014. It was her second all-around of the season ... Ute winners: Dabritz (15), Wilson (8), Kailah Delaney (4), Corrie Lothrop (2), Nansy Damianova (2) and Mary Beth Lofgren (2) ... The Utes have completed 157-168 routines without a fall. Gymnasts who have hit every routine are Dabritz (23-23), Becky Tutka (13-13), Lia Del Priore (8-8) and Hailee Hansen (7-7).

UTE INSIDER Utah has two Washington natives on its roster: freshman Baely Rowe (Federal Way) and sophomore Haley Lange (Bellevue) ... A Ute has won or tied for first on vault, bars and floor in every meet this season ... Dabritz has won four Pac-12 Specialist of the Week awards and Tory Wilson has been named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week twice ... Utah has seven 9.975 scores this season--five from Dabritz (1 on vault, 1 on bars and 3 on floor) and two from Wilson (both on vault).

SERIES SHORTS

Utah leads the series with Washington 45-0-2 and is 19-0 against the Huskies in Salt Lake City ... Although Utah has never lost to Washington, the two teams have tied twice in Seattle. Both times, the Huskies clinched the tie on the final routine of the night. Washington's final floor competitor needed--and received--a 10.0 in 2001 and a 9.925 last year ... For complete series results, see page 2.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON

Coach: Joanne Bowers (8th season)
2013 NCAA Finish: n/a
National Rank: NR
2014 Record: 4-6 (0-5 Pac-12)
Notes: Dropped out of the rankings this week with the move to regional qualifying score ... still looking for their first Pac-12 win of the season (0-5) ... season-high 196.200 in a loss to Stanford (196.825) on Feb. 8 in Seattle ... all-arounders are Aliza Vaccher (39.275 best), Allison Northey (39.275) and Janae Janik (39.125).

UTAH CO-COACHES

The first 1,000-win coach in NCAA gymnastics history, Greg Marsden is 1,002-200-7 in a 39-year career spent entirely at Utah. He has won 10 national championships, which is tied for the most in the country. He has a regular season record of 472-79-3. Megan Marsden, in her fifth year as the co-head coach (30th year overall), has an 86-39-1 career record.

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