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Gymnasts at Pac-12 Championships Mar. 23

Defending Pac-12 uneven bar champion Georgia Dabritz will lead the top-seeded Utes into the Pac-12 Championships Saturday.

Defending Pac-12 uneven bar champion Georgia Dabritz will lead the top-seeded Utes into the Pac-12 Championships Saturday.

March 18, 2013

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Ahead for the No. 7 ranked Utah gymnasts is the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, Mar. 23 in Corvallis, Ore. There will be two sessions with four teams in each, starting with seeds 5-8 at 1:30 p.m. PST in Gill Coliseum. At 7 p.m. PST (8 p.m. MST), seeds 1-4 will take the floor. Utah, as the top seed, will compete against second-seeded UCLA, third-seeded OSU and fourth-seeded Stanford. 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 www.osubeavers.com. Utah updates will be posted on twitter.com/utahathletics.


Utah's 198.125 in a victory over Florida (197.875) last week is the third-highest score in the nation behind the No. 1 ranked Gators (198.425) and second-ranked Oklahoma (198.375) ... Utah gymnastics led all women's sports in attendance this season, averaging 14,349 to its home meets to beat Alabama gymnastics (13,422) and Tennessee women's basketball (11,993). It is Utah's third all-sports women's attendance title (the Utes also won in 2010 and 2011) and its 29th gymnastics attendance championship ... Utah finished the regular season with a 10-2-1 overall record and was 4-1-1 in Pac-12 play. Pac-12 wins were against Arizona, Arizona State, California and Stanford. The Utes also beat OSU, but it was not a league meet. Utah's sole conference loss was to UCLA and the tie was against Washington.


The 2013 Pac-12 Championships will feature four teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation: No. 7 Utah, No. 8 UCLA, No. 10 Oregon State and No. 11 Stanford ... The sessions are identical to last year, with Arizona, ASU, Cal and Washington competing in the afternoon and Utah, UCLA, OSU and Stanford squaring off at night ... Seeds are based on the Mar. 18 regional qualifying scores ... The high scoring team wins the meet, regardless of session ... Utah's rotation order will be floor, vault, bars, beam. The rotation order was determined at the annual coaches meeting last May by a blind draw. The Nos. 4 and 8 seeds will start on vault, Nos. 2 and 6 on bars, Nos. 3 and 7 on beam and Nos. 1 and 5 on floor. For complete rotation orders, see the bottom of page 1 ... At the 2012 Pac-12 Championships in Salt Lake City, UCLA edged Utah by five-hundredths of a point for first place. Utah was followed by Oregon State and Stanford ... 2012 Pac-12 all-round champion Corrie Lothrop of Utah will be unable to defend her title due to a season-ending injury. Lothrop, a five-time All-America junior, tore her Achilles while warming up on floor against ASU in the fourth meet of the season ... Utah is also missing Kailah Delaney, a first-team All-America and all-Pac-12 vaulter last season as a freshman, who has missed the entire 2013 season due to knee surgery ... Sophomore Georgia Dabritz will attempt to repeat as the Pac-12 uneven bar champion. In addition to her bar title, Dabritz was the 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.


A record 19,374 fans turned out for last year's Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships (8,495 for the afternoon session and 10,879 at night), shattering the old conference mark of 3,035 set at Stanford in 2009 ... Utah is 293-51-4 (85%) all-time against Pac-12 teams. Utah's series record against each team follows: Arizona (52-0-0), Arizona State (64-16-1), California (10-0-0), Oregon State (60-8-0), Stanford (20-5-0), UCLA (43-22-1) and Washington (44-0-2) ... Three Pac-12 teams advanced all the way to the NCAA Super Six a year ago, with UCLA finishing third, Stanford fourth and Utah fifth. Oregon State also qualified into the 2012 NCAA Championships ... Pac-12 teams have won 15 NCAA Championships (Utah 9, UCLA 6) and 78 individual championships. Pac-12 teams have earned 901 All-America honors and Utah leads the nation with 324 All-Americans ... Utah is the only program to qualify for all 31 NCAA Championships and for the last 37 national championships. The Utes are tied with Alabama for most Super Six appearances (18) and are the only team to qualify for every Super Six from 2000-12.


After seven weeks at No. 1, sophomore All-American Tory Wilson has dropped into a tie for second place (with UCLA's Vanessa Zamarripa) on vault in the national rankings, despite becoming the first gymnast in Utah history to go undefeated on an event in the regular season (10-0). In last week's upset win over Florida, Wilson tied for first place with UF's Kytra Hunter--both scoring a 9.975--but Hunter leapfrogged past her in the rankings. Hunter has a 9.965 regional qualifying score, with Wilson and Zamarripa close behind at 9.960.


Ute individual winners are Georgia Dabritz (15), Tory Wilson (14), Becky Tutka (4), Mary Beth Lofgren (3), Corrie Lothrop (3), Nansy Damianova (2) and Lia Del Priore (1) ... The Utes have hit 228-of-240 routines. Gymnasts without a fall are Breanna Hughes (20-20), Tutka (20-20), Lia Del Priore (17-17), Lothrop (15-15), and Kassandra Lopez (15-15) ... Three Utes have scored a 10.0 this season: Wilson on vault vs. California (Feb. 9), Del Priore on floor vs. Stanford (Feb. 23) and Dabritz on bars vs. Florida (Mar. 16) ... 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.


Tory Wilson, who became the first Ute ever to go undefeated on an event during the regular season (10-0 on vault), has the most event wins since Ashley Postell won 11 beam titles in 2008. Another milestone is Theresa Kulikowski's 12 victories on bars in 2001 ... Utah's 2013 victory leader Georgia Dabritz (15) has seven bar titles ... Dabritz's 39.700 all-around score last week against Florida is tied for eighth in school history and Wilson's 39.650 is tied for 10th ... 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.


Utah is No. 7 in the nation for the third-straight week with a 197.010 regional qualifying score. Sophomore Tory Wilson is tied for second on vault (9.960 RQS). Also in the top 25 are sophomore Georgia Dabritz on bars (tied for seventh, 9.910), vault (ninth, 9.915) and in the all-around (tied for 20th, 39.365), sophomore Becky Tutka on floor (eighth, 9.915) and junior Mary Beth Lofgren on beam (tied for 21st, 9.875).



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