The 2014 gymnastics team won the first Pac-12 Championship ever for a Utah team.
June 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY--
Leading up to its unprecedented 39th-straight appearance at the national championships in April, the 2014 Utah gymnastics team enjoyed an exciting season that featured the school's first-ever Pac-12 Championship in any sport.
Utah's first Pac-12 Championship was won in style, with the Utes scoring a 197.925 to rout runner-up Stanford (197.175) and the rest of the field. Utes would cart off virtually every award from the meet, with Greg Marsden and Megan Marsden sharing Coach of the Year honors, Tory Wilson winning Gymnast of the Year and Georgia Dabritz claiming Specialist of the Year.
They lived up to their billing at the Pac-12 Championships, where Wilson won the all-around and Dabritz won all three of her events--vault, bars and floor--scoring a 10.0 on bars and tying for first on floor with teammate Nansy Damianova.
The "U-phoria" continued into the NCAA Regional Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., where Utah placed first to clinch a berth into the NCAA Championships. Damianova was crowned the regional floor champion and Utah was headed to a record-setting 39th-straight national championship. The Utes also remained the only team in the nation to qualify into every NCAA Championships--making their 33rd appearance.
It was a highly-confident Utah team that went to Birmingham, Ala., intent on challenging for the NCAA title. Unfortunately costly mistakes early in the beam lineup and one "stuck" landing too few on other events left the Utes less than a tenth of a point short of advancing into the Super Six. Utah would finish an otherwise "super" season by settling for seventh place in the nation.
Four Utes took away a total of five All-America awards from the NCAA Championships, led by first-team All-Americans and NCAA Individual Event qualifiers Dabritz on vault and Damianova and Becky Tutka on floor. Earning second-team All-America honors at the championships were Dabritz on bars and Lia Del Priore on floor. A complete list of Utah's 2014 All-America awards--including regular-season honors--can be found later in this release.
The team reflected on its success at a postseason banquet where Dabritz and Wilson were named the team MVPs, Hailee Hansen and Corrie Lothrop shared the Diane Ellingson Most Inspirational Award, Kailah Delaney was the choice for the Coaches/Most Improved award and Mary Beth Lofgren won the Dahl Award for Academics-Athletics.
Hansen and Damianova were also honored at Utah's all-sport Senior Banquet when the seniors from the 18 varsity teams recognized Hansen as the Most Inspirational Senior and Damianova as the Female Athlete of the Year.
The gymnasts starred in the classroom as well in 2014, earning a team GPA of 3.7827. Hansen was named a third-team at-large CoSIDA All-American for the second-straight year and she was one of 12 Utes recognized as NACGC/W Scholar All-Americans. Joining Hansen as Scholar All-Americans were Breanna Hughes, Wilson, Delaney, Lofgren, Tutka, Dabritz, Damianova, Haley Lange, Del Priore, Kassandra Lopez and Lothrop. Also honored were student coaches Alyssa Gale and Victoria Shanley.
In addition, Utah gymnasts carted off 10 first-team Pac-12 Conference All-Academic awards, including seven of the 12 first-team citations. Earning first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors were Hughes, Hansen, Lofgren, Delaney, Tutka, Dabritz and Del Priore. Making the second team were Wilson, Lothrop and Damianova.
The 2014 Utes competed before the largest crowds in the country for a women's sporting event. Utah won its 30th gymnastics attendance title and its fourth all-sports women's attendance title --shattering its own record by averaging 14,376 fans a meet.
Georgia Dabritz (10 Career Awards)
2013-Bars (2nd), All-Around (7th), Vault (RS), Bars (RS*)
2014-Vault (9th), Bars*, Bars (RS), Floor (RS), Vault (RS*)
Tory Wilson (5 Career Awards)
2013-Vault (8th); Vault (RS)
2014-Vault (RS), All-Around (RS*)
Nansy Damianova (5 Career Awards)
2013-Floor (8th), Bars (9th)
2014-Floor (13th), Bars (RS*), Floor (RS*)
Corrie Lothrop (5 Career Awards)
2012-All-Around (11th), Bars*, Floor*
Becky Tutka (4 Career Awards)
2013-Floor*, Floor (RS*)
2014-Floor (11th), Floor (RS*)
Kailah Delaney (2 Career Awards)
Lia Del Priore (1 Career Award)
Mary Beth Lofgren (1 Career Award)
Hailee Hansen (1 Career Award)
Breanna Hughes (1 Career Award)
*Second-Team; RS-Regular Season
Specialist of the Week
1-14 Georgia Dabritz (Boise State, Brigham Young, Southern Utah)
1-21 Georgia Dabritz (California)
1-28 Georgia Dabritz (UCLA)
2-4 Georgia Dabritz (Arizona State)
3-11 Georgia Dabritz (Michigan/UCLA)