March 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY--
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THIS WEEK IN UTAH GYMNASTICS
Three top-10 teams will clash this Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich., when No. 6 Utah (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12), No. 7 Michigan (12-2, 4-0 Big Ten) and No. 8 UCLA (6-2, 6-1 Pac-12) square off at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT) in the Crisler Center. Live scores commentary can be found at www.UtahUtes.com. Live video (pay for view) and official live scores will be provided on www.mgoblue.com.
Friday's top-10 showdown in Ann Arbor features three of the most successful programs in college gymnastics history. Utah has appeared in the last 38 national championships (including all 32 NCAA Championships), while UCLA has made 31 and Michigan 20 national championship appearances. Utah has won 10 national championships (nine NCAA) and UCLA has six NCAA titles. The three teams last competed on the same floor at the 2013 NCAA Championship semifinals in Los Angeles in April. UCLA tied for second, followed by Michigan in fourth and Utah in fifth place.
Utah has the two best vaulters in the country in Tory Wilson
and Kailah Delaney
, who are tied for No. 1 in this week's national rankings. It is Wilson's second-straight week at No. 1, while Delaney moves up from No. 2 a week ago. Georgia Dabritz
is ranked in the top three on two events: No. 2 on floor and tied for No. 3 on bars ... Utah and UCLA are tied for first place in the Pac-12 Conference with 6-1 league marks. UCLA's loss was to Utah (197.125-195.875 on Jan. 25), while Utah's loss was to Stanford ... Utah's most recent regular-season meet with Michigan was in 2012 in Ann Arbor, where the Utes won 196.050-194.850 ... Friday's meet is the last regular-season road meet for the Utes, who have one home meet remaining, next Saturday against Georgia at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center ... The Utes are averaging 14,206 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
Utah is No. 6 in the national rankings this week, a one-place dip from last week's No. 5 ranking. Utah was No. 4 for six straight weeks until the rankings moved to regional qualifying score (RQS). The Utes are No. 2 in the nation on vault (49.495) and floor (49.435), No. 3 on bars (49.355) and are tied for 23rd on beam (48.810). Tory Wilson
and Kailah Delaney
are tied for No. 1 in the nation on vault (9.940 RQS) and Georgia Dabritz
is No. 2 on floor (9.95) and tied for No. 3 on bars (9.93). Wilson is No. 8 (39.445) in the all-around, while Nansy Damianova
is tied for 11th on bars (9.89) and tied for 12th on floor (9.905). See page 3 for complete Utah rankings.
Utah has out-scored the opponent in every meet on vault and bars and has won six-of-eight competitions on floor ... Utah's 49.625 on vault on Feb. 22 is the best vault score in the nation this season ... Utah has hit 24-of-24 just once this season (on Feb. 22 vs. Oregon State) ... Georgia Dabritz
(39.625) and Tory Wilson
(39.60) have the two best all-around scores in the Pac-12 this season. Wilson, ranked No. 8 in the country, is the top-ranked Pac-12 all-arounder with a 39.445 regional qualifying score ... 2014 Ute event/all-around winners: Dabritz (15), Wilson (9), Kailah Delaney
(5), Corrie Lothrop
(2), Nansy Damianova
(3), Mary Beth Lofgren
(3) and Lia Del Priore
(1) ... The Utes have completed 179-192 routines without a fall. Gymnasts who have hit every routine are Dabritz (26-26), Becky Tutka
(16-16) and Lia Del Priore
(hip/glute injury) will be unavailable on the beam for the second-straight week, but Kailah Delaney
(strep throat) is expected to return to the beam lineup after sitting out last week. Becky Tutka
, who scored a 9.80 in her first beam routine of the season, will replace Dabritz again this week ... Utah gymnasts have won individual titles on vault, bars and floor in all eight meets, and have won 28-of-32 total individual titles ... 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).
Utah vs. Michigan: Utah leads the overall series 24-12, but trails 6-3 in Ann Arbor ... Utah won the most recent meet in Crisler Arena (196.050-194.850) in 2012 ... The Wolverines edged the Utes for fourth place in the 2013 NCAA Championship semifinals last April, 196.850-196.200.
Utah vs. UCLA: Utah leads the series with 44-24-1 and is 1-0 this season against the Bruins with a home win (197.125-195.875) on Jan. 25 ... This is the first time UCLA and Utah have met at a neutral site in the regular season. UCLA leads 14-10-1 at neutral sites--all in postseason competition ... For complete series results, see page 2.
Coach: Bev Plocki (25th season)
2013 NCAA Finish: 8th
National Rank: No. 7
2014 Record: 12-2 (4-0 Big Ten)
Notes: Dating back to last season, Michigan has won nine consecutive regular-season home meets ... season-high 197.325 score in a Jan. 25 win over Ohio State ... UM gymnasts have won 26 of 32 individual event titles ... senior Joanna Sampson (39.650 best) is ranked No. 9 in the nation in the all-around.
Coach: Valorie Kondos Field (24th season)
2013 NCAA Finish: 4th
National Rank: No. 8
2014 Record: 6-2 (6-1 Pac-12)
Notes: UCLA has faced just one non-conference team this season, falling to defending NCAA champion Florida, 196.650-196.625, in the season opener ... only Pac-12 loss was to Utah (197.125-195.875) on Jan. 25 ... scored a season-high 197.500 in a win over Arizona (196.250) last Saturday in Tucson ... return five All-Americans from last year's team that finished fourth at the NCAA Championships ... senior Olivia Courtney is an eight-time All-American and four-time Pac-12 individual champion (2011 vault and bars, 2012 vault, 2013 floor) ... senior Samantha Peszek won the NCAA balance beam title in 2011 and is a four-time All-American and 2008 Olympic silver medalist ... all-arounders are Courtney (39.500), Sydney Sawa (39.450 high) and Hallie Mossett (39.425) ... Peszek (bars) and Sawa (floor) have scored a 10.0 this season.