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Pac-12 Championships Next for Ute Gymnasts

Tory Wilson is ranked No. 1 in the nation on vault with teammate Kailah Delaney. Georgia Dabritz is No. 1 on bars.

Tory Wilson is ranked No. 1 in the nation on vault with teammate Kailah Delaney. Georgia Dabritz is No. 1 on bars.

March 17, 2014

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PAC-12 GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS AHEAD

Utah is the No. 1 seed in the 2014 Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships, slated for Saturday, Mar. 22 in Berkeley, Calif. The Utes will compete in the afternoon session against seeds 2-4--UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State--starting at 1 p.m. PT (2 p.m. MT) in Haas Pavilion on the University of California campus. Competing in the evening session is No. 5 seed California, along with No. 6-8 seeds Arizona, Arizona State and Washington at 6:30 p.m. PT (7:30 MT). Both sessions will be televised live nationally on the Pac-12 Networks with Jim Watson and Amanda Borden commentating. Live scoring will be available at calbears.com. For Utah updates, follow twitter.com/utahathletics.

FOR THE RECORD

Utah gymnastics led all women's sports in attendance this season, averaging an NCAA gymnastics-record 14,376 to its home meets to finish ahead of Alabama gymnastics (12,826) and Tennessee women's basketball (11,600). It is Utah's fourth all-sports women's attendance title (the Utes also won in 2010, 2011 and 2013) and its 30th gymnastics attendance championship ... Utah finished the regular season with a 10-3 overall record and was 6-1 in the Pac-12 to tie for first with UCLA. Final conference standings are on page 2 of this release ... Capsules on all eight teams scheduled to compete at the Pac-12 Championships can be found on page 5 of the attached PDF.

MEET IN A MINUTE

Seven of the eight Pac-12 teams enter the championships ranked in the top 25: No. 5 Utah, No. 7 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford, No. 11 Oregon State, No. 19 California, No. 21 Arizona and No. 22 Arizona State ... Seeding into the Pac-12 Championships is based on the Mar. 17 regional qualifying scores ... All three Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships to date have featured the same top four seeds: Utah, UCLA, Oregon State and Stanford ... For the first time, the top four seeds will compete in the afternoon session to accommodate host and No. 5 seed California's request to compete in the evening ... Teams finishes will be determined by score, regardless of session ... Utah's rotation order will be vault, bars, beam and floor. The rotation order was determined by a blind draw at the coaches meeting in September. The Nos. 1 and 5 seeds will start on vault, Nos. 2 and 6 on bars, Nos. 3 and 7 on beam and Nos. 4 and 8 on floor.

CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES

UCLA edged Utah by five-hundredths of a point for the inaugural championship in 2012 and Oregon State won the 2013 title ... Utah enters the meet as the top seed for the second time. The Utes were also seeded No. 1 last year, but finished third behind OSU and UCLA after leading the meet entering their final event, the balance beam ... 2012 Pac-12 all-round champion Corrie Lothrop of Utah, who missed most of last season, including the Pac-12 Championships due to injury, has returned on bars and beam. Four other previous Pac-12 winners will also compete: Georgia Dabritz, Utah (uneven bars, 2012), Olivia Courtney, UCLA (vault, 2012, floor, 2013), Ivana Hong, Stanford (vault 2012) and Amanda Spinner, Stanford (beam, 2013).

PAC FACTS

Utah set the Pac-12 Championships attendance record in 2012 when 19,374 fans turned out for the meet (8,495 for the afternoon session and 10,879 at night) to shatter the previous mark of 3,035 at Stanford in 2009. Oregon State drew 3,022 to last year's championships ... Utah is 304-56-4 (84%) all-time against Pac-12 teams. Utah's series record against each team follows: Arizona (54-0-0), Arizona State (66-16-1), California (12-0-0), Oregon State (61-9-0), Stanford (21-6-0), UCLA (44-25-1) and Washington (46-0-2) ... Three Pac-12 teams qualified into the NCAA Championships last year, with UCLA placing fourth, Utah ninth and Stanford 12th ... Pac-12 teams have won 15 NCAA Championships (Utah 9, UCLA 6) and 78 individual championships. Pac-12 teams have earned 921 All-America honors and Utah leads the nation with 332 All-Americans (does not include regular-season All-Americans, which began in 2013).

CHALK TALK

Utah has three gymnasts ranked No. 1 in the nation this week: Tory Wilson and Kailah Delaney are tied for first on vault (9.945 regional qualifying score) and Georgia Dabritz is tied for first on bars (9.940 RQS) ... A Ute won or tied for first in every uneven bar and floor exercise competition in the regular season. Dabritz won or tied for 9-of-10 bar titles and Nansy Damianova won the other. On floor, Dabritz had six wins, Damianova won three times and Lia Del Priore claimed one title ... Utah scored a season-high 198.025 in a win over Georgia (197.60) on Mar. 15. The Utes also received a season-best 49.50 on the beam in that meet ... 2014 Ute individual winners: Dabritz (19), Wilson (11), Kailah Delaney (7), Damianova (4), Mary Beth Lofgren (3), Corrie Lothrop (2) and Del Priore (1) ... The Utes have hit 24-of-24 routines just twice (on Feb. 22 vs. Oregon State and Mar. 15 vs. Georgia) ... The Utes have completed 225-240 routines without a fall. Gymnasts who have hit every routine are Dabritz (32-32), Becky Tutka (21-21) and Lia Del Priore (11-11).

IN THE RANKINGS

Utah, No. 5 overall in the national rankings this week with a 197.365 regional qualifying score, is No. 1 on floor (49.525 RQS), No. 2 on vault (49.510), No. 5 on bars (49.395) and tied for 15th on beam (49.035). Georgia Dabritz is tied for No. 1 on bars (9.940 RQS), is No. 3 on floor (9.965) and No. 17 on vault (9.910). Tory Wilson and Kailah Delaney are tied for No. 1 on vault (9.945) and Wilson is No. 12 in the all-around (39.445). Nansy Damianova is tied for 15th on bars (9.90) and is No. 12 on floor (9.920).

UTE INSIDER

Georgia Dabritz has been named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week five times this season and Tory Wilson was the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week twice ... Utah has nine 9.975 or better scores this season--six from Dabritz, two from Wilson and one from Nansy Damianova. Utah has two 10.0's this season--both on floor (Dabritz and Damianova).

WHERE IS REGIONALS?

The Utes will learn their NCAA regional destination on Monday, Mar. 24 at 1 p.m. MDT during an online selection show on NCAA.com. The six regional sites are in Athens, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., Fayetteville, Ark., Minneapolis, Seattle and University Park, Pa. Each regional site will contain six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not representing a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event. The top-18 teams will seeded based on their regional qualifying score (RQS), and unless they are hosting a regional, can be sent almost anywhere, while the 18 unseeded teams are placed in their geographical region. Two teams from each region (12 total teams) will advance to the 2014 NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., Apr. 18-20.

 

 

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