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Utah Gymnasts Prepare for NCAA Regionals

Greg Marsden is heading to his 36th regional as Utah's head coach.

Greg Marsden is heading to his 36th regional as Utah's head coach.

March 23, 2011


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The seventh-ranked Utah gymnastics team (8-3) has received a No. 2 seed into the Norman Regional in Norman, Okla., on April 2. The six-team meet will begin at 4:00 p.m. CT (3 p.m. MT) in the Lloyd Noble Center on the University of Oklahoma campus. Teams in the Norman Regional and their national rankings are No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 7 Utah, No. 17 Washington, New Hampshire, Missouri and North Carolina. Live Scores will be available on www.soonersports.com. Live video can be found on www.ncaa.com.


This marks the 36th-consecutive regional appearance for the Utes, who have qualified for regionals and nationals every year since becoming a varsity program back in 1975-76. Utah has won 26 regional titles (including 23 of 29 NCAA) and finished second the other nine years.


The last time Utah was seeded No. 2 into regionals and also had a No. 7 national ranking was in 2007. Utah won the West Regional and finished second at the NCAA Championships that year.


The top two finishers at each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17. There are six regional sites (see sidebar on page 4 for region fields and sites) ... Utah is attempting to qualify for a record 36th-consecutive national championship. Utah is also the only program to qualify for all 29 NCAA Championships to date ... Utah has faced just one team in the Norman Regional this season, beating Washington 196.975-195.475 on Feb. 11 in Salt Lake City ... While Utah is seeded second to Oklahoma, the Utes actually have a better total season average than the Sooners (196.414-196.358). Seeds are based on regional qualifying scores (RQS), which do not include every meet.


Utah gymnastics has won the NCAA all-sport women's attendance championship for the second-straight year. The Utes averaged 13,503 fans to their home meets this season to beat runner-up Tennessee women's basketball (13,078) and third-place Alabama gymnastics (12,730). For more on Utah's home crowds, see Record Attendance later in this release ... Utah has won a record-tying 10 national championships (9 NCAA) and has finished in the top three six times since 2000, including runner-up finishes in 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Utes were third in 2005 and 2009 ... Utah, 8-3 overall, is 4-1 in road meets this year with wins at Georgia, Nebraska, Utah State and BYU, and a loss at Oregon State. The Utes have not competed at a neutral site this season ... The Utes are 5-3 against ranked teams, with wins over UCLA, Georgia, Nebraska, Washington and Michigan, and losses to Stanford, Florida and Oregon State ... Utah scored a season-best 196.975 on Feb. 11 in a win over Washington. Utah's best road score this year was a 196.70 on Mar. 18 in a victory over BYU ... Utah has one Oklahoma native on its roster: Junior Cortni Beers hails from Tulsa, which is about 100 miles from Norman ... Utah drew the balance beam as its first event at regionals. Utah's order of events will be beam, bye, floor, vault, bye, bars.


Utah has a winning record against every team in the Norman Regional (series vs. each team follows): Oklahoma (27-2), Washington (40-0-1), New Hampshire (3-0), Missouri (3-0), North Carolina (1-0). One of Oklahoma's wins was in team finals at last year's NCAA Championships, where the Sooners finished second and the Utes sixth (Utah beat the Sooners the day before in the qualifying session).


Utah hopes to have freshman Corrie Lothrop--its highest-scoring all-arounder (39.50 best)--on all four events for the postseason, although her status remains day-to-day due to an ongoing ankle injury. Lothrop competed in the all-around in Utah's final regular season meet on Mar. 18 after performing only two routines (both on beam) in the three previous weeks ... Freshman Victoria Shanley, one of the team's highest scoring vaulters, returned to the vault lineup on Mar. 18 after missing three meets with a back injury ... Doubtful for regionals is senior first-team All-American Kyndal Robarts. Robarts, an all-arounder who injured her knee the third meet of the season, was the nation's top-ranked vaulter at the time of her injury. Utah had hoped to get her back on the balance beam for regionals and nationals. Robarts has a redshirt year available.


The Utes have not counted a fall yet this season and have hit 251-264 of their routines for a 95% success rate ... Utah's freshman class has performed 49% (129-264) of the team's total routines with just two falls (127-129) ... Individuals without a fall this season are Stephanie McAllister (44-44), Mary Beth Lofgren (34-34), Lia Del Priore (19-19), Victoria Shanley (5-5) and Hailee Hansen (4-4) ... McAllister has set the school record for most consecutive routines without a fall (72), dating back to Feb. 26, 2010. She broke the mark held by Jamie Deetscreek, who hit 64 straight routines from 2009-10.


Junior Stephanie McAllister is tied for eighth in the nation in the all-around with a 39.385 regional qualifying score and she is No. 6 on bars (9.910 RQS). Senior Gael Mackie is tied for seventh nationally on bars (9.905 RQS) ... McAllister leads Utah with 13 wins. Other Ute winners are Mackie (7), Corrie Lothrop (6), Mary Beth Lofgren (5), Nansy Damianova (5), Kyndal Robarts (2), Cortni Beers (2), Fumina Kobayashi (2), Lia Del Priore (1) and Victoria Shanley (1). Utah's all-around season highs: Lothrop (39.500), McAllister (39.475, twice), Jacquelyn Johnson (39.225), Lofgren (39.225) and Mackie (39.150).

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