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Ute Gymnasts Prepare for 2012 NCAA Championships

Georgia Dabritz (right) and Kassandra Lopez (left) placed 1-2 on bars at the NCAA Regional meet.

Georgia Dabritz (right) and Kassandra Lopez (left) placed 1-2 on bars at the NCAA Regional meet.

April 11, 2012

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Utah, which has qualified for a record 37th-consecutive national championship and 31st-straight NCAA Championship, will compete at the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships in Duluth, Ga., April 20-22. Utah is the only gymnastics team to qualify for all 31 NCAA Championships following six trips to the AIAW Championships. The Utes open NCAA competition in the Gwinnett Center on Friday, Apr. 20 in the first semifinal at noon p.m. EDT (10 a.m. MDT). See title block on this page for TV listings.


Opening day of the NCAA Championships features two six-team semifinals on Friday, Apr. 20 at noon and 6 p.m. EDT, as well as the all-around competition. The top three teams from each semi will advance into the Super Six on Saturday, Apr. 21 starting at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The individual event championships will be held on Sunday, Apr. 22 starting at 1 p.m. EDT.


As the seventh seed, Utah will compete in the afternoon semifinal on April 20 at noon Eastern Time (10 a.m. Mountain Time) with No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 10 Stanford and No. 11 LSU. The evening semifinal at 6 p.m. ET features No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 12 Ohio State.


Utah is tied with Alabama and Georgia for the most Super Six appearances with 17 and is the only team to make every Super Six since 2000. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Super Six, which began in 1993. In this decade, the Utes have placed second four times (2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008) and third twice (2005 and 2009). Utah placed fifth last year and took sixth in 2003, 2004 and 2010.


Utah is a first-year member of the Pac-12 Conference, which leads the nation's conferences in all-time NCAA team appearances with 129. In second place is the SEC with 119 appearances since the NCAA began sponsoring women's sports in 1982. The Pac-12 has qualified four teams into the 2012 NCAA Championships: Utah, UCLA, Oregon State and Stanford. In addition to total invites, the Pac-12 also leads all conferences in NCAA team championships (15), NCAA individual titles (75) and All-America honors (869). Utah has nine NCAA Championships, while UCLA has six NCAA titles.


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 led all women's sports in attendance in 2010 and 2011, finished second overall this year to Tennessee basketball (14,414) ... One of the best attended women's sports in history, Utah gymnastics has averaged over 11,000 fans a meet in the Huntsman Center since 1992 and over 10,000 fans a meet since 1984 ... Utah shattered the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships attendance record on Mar. 24, 2012, drawing 19,374 fans combined to the two sessions (8,495 first session, 10,879 second session). The previous record was 3,035 ... The 2012 Salt Lake Regional more than doubled the attendance of any of the other five regionals on April 7 with 6,558 in attendance. The closest competitor was the Fayetteville Regional with 2,713 fans.


As was the case at regionals on April 7, Utah will open its competition on the floor exercise before rotating to vault, bye, bars and beam. The only difference is the Utes began the regional meet on a bye and in the NCAA semifinals, that bye will instead come at the end of the meet.


Utah's 18-4 overall record includes a 7-3 dual meet record, a 6-1 record at the Pac-12 Championships and a 5-0 mark at the NCAA Salt Lake Regional ... Utah's record this season against the 2012 NCAA Championships' field is 6-4 with the breakdown following: Oregon State 2-0, Stanford 2-0, Georgia 1-0, Nebraska 1-1, Florida 0-1, UCLA 0-2 ... Utah goes into nationals as the seventh seed based on its national qualifying score ... Utah scored a season-high 197.550 against Brigham Young on Jan. 27.


Competing in the all-around for the Utes at nationals will be sophomore All-American Corrie Lothrop (39.625 season high) and senior All-American Stephanie McAllister (39.525 high) ... Lothrop is the 2012 Pac-12 all-around champion ... Georgia Dabritz, the 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, enters the NCAA Championships after winning back-to-back bar titles at the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA Regionals ... Lothrop (all-around) and Dabritz (bars) are the first Pac-12 champions in Utah history in any sport. Utah is in its first year as a member of the Pac-12 ... Kyndal Robarts won the NCAA Regional floor title on April 7 ... Utah has a 2008 Olympian (Nansy Damianova) and a 2008 Olympic alternate (Lothrop) on its 2012 roster. Damianova competed for Canada while Lothrop was the USA alternate.


Senior Stephanie McAllister is a three-time All-American, senior Kyndal Robarts and sophomore Corrie Lothrop are two-time All-Americans and sophomore Mary Beth Lofgren owns one All-America award ... Making the 2012 All-Pac-12 first team were McAllister (all-around), Lothrop (all-around), Robarts (beam), Georgia Dabritz (floor) and Kailah Delaney (vault). Earning second-team acclaim was Cortni Beers (bars).


Utah co-coach Megan Marsden was named the 2012 North Central Coach of the Year, an honor she also won in 2011 ... Freshman Becky Tutka will be Utah's first competitor at the NCAA Championships. Tutka, who leads off on floor, has a 9.90 best (twice) ... Stephanie McAllister was named the Pac-12 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Sophomore Corrie Lothrop and freshman Georgia Dabritz lead Utah with 12 victories each. Other Ute winners are McAllister (11), Kyndal Robarts (6), Cortni Beers (4) and Kailah Delaney (4) ... Lothrop (39.625) and McAllister (39.525) both set career all-around highs at the Pac-12 Championships ... Robarts has the team's highest scores on vault (9.975) and beam (9.95) this season, while Dabritz has the best score on bars (9.95) and floor (9.975) ... As a team, Utah has hit 272-288 routines, including 24 of 24 at regionals. Gymnasts without a fall are freshmen Tory Wilson (14-14), Kailah Delaney (13-13) and Becky Tutka (12-12).



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