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No. 7 Ute Gymansts host No. 2 Florida in Final Home Meet

Tory Wilson remained the nation's No. 1 vaulter for the sixth consecutive week after leading the Utes to a season-high vault score at UGA last week.

Tory Wilson remained the nation's No. 1 vaulter for the sixth consecutive week after leading the Utes to a season-high vault score at UGA last week.

March 11, 2013

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THIS WEEK IN UTAH GYMNASTICS
In their regular season finale, the No. 7 Ute gymnasts (9-2-1, 4-1-1 Pac-12) will host second-ranked Florida (8-1, 6-1 SEC), Saturday, Mar. 16 at 6 p.m. MDT. Fans are encouraged to arrive at 5:40 to catch alumni and team introductions, as the meet will start right at 6 p.m. to accommodate a live television broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Because the meet is being televised, there will not be a live video stream. Live scores can be found at UtahUtes.com.

QUICK STICKS
Four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top 10 this week, led by No. 7 Utah. Others are No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 10 Stanford. Utah has beaten OSU and Stanford this season and lost to UCLA. All four teams will go head-to-head next week at the Pac-12 Championships in Corvallis, Ore. (Mar. 23) ... With no seniors on this year's team, Utah will not hold a Senior Night, as is traditional for the last home meet. In its place will be a recognition of Utah gymnastics alumnae ... The alumnae presentation will begin at 5:40 p.m., followed by team introductions ... Fans will receive a special light-up promotional item ... Utah will learn its NCAA Regional destination on Monday, Mar. 25 ... Utah football player Reggie Dunn will be awarded the 2012 National Kickoff Returner Trophy by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) ... The Utes are averaging 14,203 fans a meet at home to lead the nation. Second-place Alabama (13,833) also has one home meet remaining.

CHALK TALK
Sophomore All-American Tory Wilson is the nation's top ranked vaulter for the sixth straight week and has a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 9.955. Wilson is undefeated (9-0) on the vault this season and scored a career-high 10.0 against California on Feb. 9. She becomes the first Ute since Ashley Postell in 2008 to record nine straight vault wins ... The Utes have won six Pac-12 weekly awards, which are announced on Tuesdays: Georgia Dabritz was the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 22 and the Specialist of the Week on Feb. 12, Wilson was the Specialist of the Week on Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19 and Lia Del Priore was the Specialist of the Week on Feb. 26 ... Ute individual winners are Wilson (13), Dabritz (12), Mary Beth Lofgren (3), Corrie Lothrop (3), Becky Tutka (3), Nansy Damianova (2) and Lia Del Priore (1) ... The Utes have completed 205-of-216 routines without a fall. Gymnasts without a fall are Breanna Hughes (18-18), Tutka (18-18), Del Priore (15-15), Lothrop (15-15), and Kassandra Lopez (13-13).

UTE INSIDER
Tory Wilson has been Utah's top finisher on vault in all nine meets, Georgia Dabritz has led the Utes on bars eight times, Mary Beth Lofgren was Utah's leader on beam in four meets and Becky Tutka has been Utah's high floor scorer in six meets ... Utah has two 10.0 scores this year: Tory Wilson on vault vs. Cal and Lia Del Priore on floor vs. Stanford ... Utah has lost two All-Americans for the season to injury: Junior five-time All-American and 2012 Pac-12 all-around champion Lothrop ruptured her Achilles in the fourth meet of the season. Missing the entire season due to knee surgery is sophomore vault All-American Kailah Delaney.

IN THE RANKINGS
Utah hung on to the No. 7 spots in the national rankings after scoring a 196.975 at Georgia last week to improve its regional qualifying score (RQS) to 196.940. Sophomore Tory Wilson leads the nation on vault (9.955 RQS). Also in the top 20 are sophomore Georgia Dabritz on bars (tied for eighth, 9.90) and vault (eighth, 9.910), sophomore Becky Tutka on floor (tied for eighth, 9.910) and junior Mary Beth Lofgren on beam (tied for 15th, 9.875). See page 3 for complete rankings.

LAST WEEK
The No. 7 Utah gymnasts put on their best road show of the year in one of the most hostile arenas in the country--staying with striking distance of No. 8 Georgia into the last rotation before falling 197.650-196.975. Tory Wilson extended her unbeaten streak on vault to nine meets by tying for first with a 9.95 and Mary Beth Lofgren earned her second-straight beam win and her third this season by tying her season-high with a 9.90. Georgia Dabritz (39.35) and Wilson (39.225) finished 2-3 in the all-around.

SERIES SHORTS
(For complete series results, see page 2) ... Utah leads the overall series with Florida 31-14 and 16-3 in Salt Lake City ... The Gators have won the last two ... Utah's last win was in the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Championships.

SCOUTING FLORIDA
Coach: Rhonda Faehn (11th season)
2012 NCAA Finish: 2nd
National Rank: #2
2013 Record: (8-1, 6-1 SEC)
Florida has the highest score in the nation this season, a 198.425 against Minnesota in Gainesville on Mar. 1 ... the Gators were off last week ... Bridget Sloan is tied for No. 2 on the uneven bars (9.920) and Mackenzie Caquatto is No. 2 on balance beam (9.905) ... while none of Florida's all-arounders have the required number of road competitions to be nationally ranked, they have some of the country's best in Kytra Hunter (39.80 best), Sloan (39.75) and Ashanée Dickerson (39.65).

 

 

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