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Gymnasts Host OSU in Battle of Top-10 Foes

Corrie Lothrop is ranked ninth in the nation in the all-around but is questionable for this week with strained triceps.

Corrie Lothrop is ranked ninth in the nation in the all-around but is questionable for this week with strained triceps.

Feb. 27, 2012

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No. 7 ranked Utah (6-1) hosts No. 9 Oregon State (8-0-1) in its annual Power of Pink meet on Friday, Mar. 2. The meet starts at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center. Fans who wear pink in support of cancer awareness will receive a free general admission ticket to the meet. Live scores and video will be available on UtahUtes.com.


Promotional Power of Pink hard hats will be handed out at the doors, where any fan wearing pink attire will be admitted free. The Huntsman Cancer Institute will be on-site distributing informational materials and pink ribbons ... The national rankings switched from season average to regional qualifying score (RQS) this week. The RQS is obtained by taking a team's six best scores, three of which must have come on the road, dropping the high score and then averaging the remaining five scores ... Utah is leading the nation in gymnastics attendance, averaging 14,530 fans with one sellout in the 15,000-seat Huntsman Center (15,310 vs. BYU on Jan. 27).


Utah has won its last six meets since losing by five-100ths of a point to UCLA in the season opener on Jan. 8 ... The Utes are 4-0 at home this season ... Utah is 278-45-3 all-time against Pac-12 teams ... Seven of the eight Pac-12 schools that sponsor gymnastics are ranked in the top 25 this week: No. 3 UCLA, No. 7 Utah, No. 9 OSU, No. 12 Stanford, No. 17 Arizona, No. 22 Arizona State and No. 25 Washington ... Sophomore Corrie Lothrop leads Utah with 10 wins. Freshman Georgia Dabritz and senior Stephanie McAllister both have seven wins ... A Ute has won beam in all seven meets: McAllister at UCLA, Kyndal Robarts vs. Utah State and Stanford, Cortni Beers vs. Brigham Young and Michigan, and Lothrop vs. Georgia and Arizona State ... As a team, Utah has hit 159-168 routines. Gymnasts without a fall are: Beers (14-14), Tory Wilson (9-9), Kailah Delaney (8-8) and Becky Tutka (7-7).


Corrie Lothrop and Kailah Delaney are questionable for Friday's meet due to injuries. Lothrop withdrew from bars and floor last week after straining both triceps in pre-meet bar warm-ups. Delaney did not compete (she was in the vault and floor lineup) due to a sore Achilles. If neither can go this week, Lia Del Priore will compete to count for the first time this season (on vault), Georgia Dabritz will debut on beam and there will be movement in several lineups. See page 3 for the tentative lineup without Lothrop and Delaney.


Utah is ranked No. 7 this week with a 196.555 regional qualifying score (RQS). Utah's best event ranking is on beam where the Utes are ranked No. 6 (49.130 RQS). They are ranked seventh on vault (49.280), ninth on floor (49.145) and 11th on bars (48.985). Utah's best individual rankings follow: Corrie Lothrop, No. 9 in the all-around (39.325) and No. 14 on floor (9.870); Kyndal Robarts, No. 15 on beam (9.850); Kailah Delaney, No. 17 on vault (9.885) and Georgia Dabrtiz, No. 18 on vault (9.880).


Utah ran its win streak to six with a 196.300-196.100 victory over Stanford before a crowd of 14,756 in the Huntsman Center. Senior Kyndal Robarts was a two-event winner, scoring a career-high 9.975 on vault and tying for first on beam with a 9.875. Stephanie McAllister won the all-around (39.000) on a night when fellow all-arounder Corrie Lothrop was forced to withdraw from two events after straining her triceps during bar warm-ups.


(For complete series results, see page 4) ... Utah leads the overall series with Oregon State 56-7, including a 27-0 record in Salt Lake City ... The two teams split decisions last year, with OSU winning196.600-196.325 in Corvallis and Utah beating the Beavers 196.200-196.100 in the first session of the 2011 NCAA Championships to advance to the Super Six ... Utah's most recent victory against OSU in Salt Lake City was in 2010.


Coach: Tanya Chaplin
Coach's Record/Year: 225-106-2/15th year
2011 NCAA Finish: 8th
2012 Record: 8-0-1
National Rank: No. 9
High Score: 197.400 on Feb. 10
Team Notes: Oregon State's tie came against UCLA ... two-time All-America senior Leslie Mak, the 2011 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, is ranked fourth in the nation in the all-around (39.400 RQS), No. 2 on beam (9.905), No. 6 on bars (9.880) and No. 14 on floor (9.870) ... three-time All-America junior Makayla Stambaugh is 12th nationally in the all-around (39.280 RQS) and 10th on floor (9.880) ... top all-around scores this season have come from Mak (39.675), Stambaugh (39.450) and Brittany Harris (39.325).



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