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U. Hosts Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships Saturday

Corrie Lothrop and coach Megan Marsden lead the Utes into Saturday's Pac-12 Championship in SLC.

Corrie Lothrop and coach Megan Marsden lead the Utes into Saturday's Pac-12 Championship in SLC.

March 19, 2012

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Utah (7-3, 3-1 Pac-12) will host the inaugural Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, Mar. 24 in the Huntsman Center. The meet consists of two sessions at 2 p.m. (seeds 5-8) and 7 p.m. MDT (seeds 1-4). Competing in the early session are Arizona, Washington, Arizona State and California. Competing in the evening session are UCLA, Utah, Oregon State and Stanford. Tickets may be purchased at UtahUtes.com and 801-581-UTIX.


Live scores will be hosted on UtahUtes.com. The Pac-12 does not allow live video streaming from the championship. The meet will be televised tape-delayed on FSN and will air in Utah on ROOT on Mar. 30 at 1:30 p.m. and on Mar. 31 at 11:30 a.m. The FSN national coverage for the championship is found on page of the PDF.


The public is invited to come and watch the teams practice on Friday, Mar. 23 in the Huntsman Center. Admission to the practice sessions is free. Arizona, Washington, Arizona State and Cal will practice from 1:00-2:40 p.m., followed by UCLA, Utah, OSU and Stanford from 3:00-4:40 p.m.


The Pac-12 Conference is the nation's winningest gymnastics conference with more NCAA appearances (125), NCAA team championships (15), NCAA individual titles (75) and All-America honors (869) than any other conference. Utah is tied for the most national team championships with 10 (nine NCAA), while UCLA has six NCAA titles. Utah is the only program to qualify for all 30 NCAA Championships and the last 36 national championships (six AIAW appearances). Utah is the only team to qualify for the Super Six every year since 2000 and is tied for the most total Super Six appearances (17) with Georgia and Alabama.


Seeding into the Pac-12 Championships comes from the latest national and conference rankings issued on Mar. 19. The rankings are determined by regional qualifying score, 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. Six of the eight teams competing in the Pac-12 Championships are ranked in the top 25 in the nation and all four of the teams in the late session are ranked in the top 11: No. 4 UCLA, No. 7 Utah, No. 8 Oregon State and No. 11 Stanford. Competing in the 2 p.m. session will be No. 17 Arizona, No. 22 Washington, Arizona State and California.


Utah has an overall series record of 280-46-3 against fellow Pac-12 schools with the breakdown following: Arizona (50-0), Arizona State (61-16-1), California (8-0), Oregon State (58-8), Stanford (17-4), UCLA (43-18-1) and Washington (43-0-1).


Oregon State is the defending conference champion, having won the final Pac-10 Championship last year. UCLA was runner-up and Washington placed third in the 2011 event ... Utah is 3-1 against Pac-12 teams this season, losing to UCLA in the season-opener before beating Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon State ... For information on the participating teams, see the sidebars on page 4 ...This is the first Pac-12 Championship in any sport hosted by the University of Utah ... The Pac-12 Championship is the first of two postseason gymnastics events the Utes will host. The Salt Lake NCAA Regional will be held in the Huntsman Center on Saturday, Apr. 7.


First-year Pac-12 member Utah has been an independent in gymnastics for most of its history. However, Utah did compete in two conferences for a total of eight years: the High Country Athletic Conference (1986-90) and the Western Athletic Conference (1991-93). Utah won all eight conference championships and hosted the 1986 and 1990 HCAC Championships.


Utah averaged an NCAA-record 14,352 to its regular season meets this season to win its 28th gymnastics attendance title in the last 31 years. The Utes, who have led all women's sports in attendance for the last two years, finished second overall this year to Tennessee basketball (14,414) ... Utah has a 7-3 dual meet record, losing its last two meets after winning seven straight ... Utah will compete in the Olympic rotation (vault, bars, beam, floor) as the No. 2 seed. The rotation order was pre-determined by the Pac-12 Conference and seeds 2 and 6 drew the "home" rotation. For complete rotation orders, see the bottom of page 1 of the PDF.


Sophomore Corrie Lothrop and senior Stephanie McAllister are tied for Utah's win lead with 11 apiece. Freshman Georgia Dabritz has 10 wins ... A Ute has won the balance beam in nine of 10 meets: McAllister at UCLA, Kyndal Robarts vs. Utah State and Stanford, Cortni Beers vs. Brigham Young, Michigan and Oregon State, and Lothrop vs. Georgia, Arizona State and Nebraska ... As a team, Utah has hit 226-240 routines. Gymnasts without a fall are freshmen Tory Wilson (12-12), Kailah Delaney (11-11) and Becky Tutka (10-10) ... Lothrop unveiled a new vault last week at Florida.


Utah is ranked No. 7 for the fourth straight week with a 196.705 regional qualifying score (RQS). Utah's best event ranking is No. 4 on floor (49.300 RQS). The Utes are tied for fifth on vault (49.345), rank sixth on beam (49.165) and are tied for 11th on bars (49.105). Sophomore Corrie Lothrop is ranked on two events (tied for eighth on floor, 9.90 RQS and 14th on beam, 9.875) and in the all-around (tied for ninth, 39.415). Freshman Kailah Delaney is tied for ninth on vault (9.910) and senior Stephanie McAllister is 19th on floor (9.885) and tied for 25th in the all-around (39.210).



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