June 15, 2012
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Complete List of 2012 Scores & Awards
Last fall, Utah coaches Greg and Megan Marsden weren't sure how high to set the bar for their 2012 team. The gymnasts showed off impressive skills in practice, but what they would do in competition was uncertain since freshmen and sophomores made up three-quarters of the roster.
Turns out that the bar setting used in the previous 36 years of the program--the national championships--fit just fine. And, like past Utah teams, the 2012 Utes weren't satisfied just to make it to nationals. A competition lineup of five freshmen, four sophomores and three seniors made it all the way to the Super Six, something Utah has done a record 18 times.
Utah also made an impressive debut as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Competing against some of the best gymnastics teams in the country (three Pac-12 teams made it to the Super Six), the Utes placed second at the Pac-12 Championships. It was the best conference finish by any Utah team.
Read on for more on the 2012 Super Utes.
Utah by the Numbers
NCAA Championships Finish: 5th
NCAA Regional Finish: 1st
Pac-12 Championships Finish: 2nd.
Record (including postseason): 23-9
High Score: 197.550
NCAA All-America Awards: 8
All-Pac-12 Conference Awards: 6
Season Attendance: 14,352 (NCAA record)
Team GPA: 3.667
Taking the Pac-12 by Storm
Utah tuned up for the inaugural Pac-12 Championship by going 3-1 against conference schools in dual meet action. The only loss was by 5/100ths of a point to then top-ranked UCLA in the season opener. At the Pac-12 Championships, Utah again came within 5/100ths of a point of beating the Bruins, placing second in the eight-team meet. Sophomore Corrie Lothrop
was crowned the Pac-12 all-around champion and freshman Georgia Dabritz
won the uneven bar title and was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Stephanie McAllister
was honored as the Pac-12 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Six Utes made the all-conference team.
Utah avenged a regular season loss to Nebraska by beating the Huskers and the rest of the field at the NCAA Regional Championship. The victory earned the Utes a ticket to a record 37th-consecutive national championship and they also became the only team to qualify for all 31 NCAA Championships. Senior Kyndal Robarts
took first on floor in her final Huntsman Center appearance and freshman Georgia Dabritz
won the uneven bars. Megan Marsden
was voted the NCAA Region Coach of the Year.
Dancing in Duluth
The Utes peaked at the right time, turning in two of their best performances of the season at the NCAA Championships in Duluth, Ga. Utah qualified into the Super Six by placing second in its semifinal, scoring a 197.200. The Utes upped their score to a 197.375 a night later to finish fifth. The Utes collected eight All-America awards and freshmen Georgia Dabritz
and Kailah Delaney
qualified for vault finals.
The Super Six's Super Team
The 2012 Utes gave the program a record 18 Super Six appearances in the 20-year history of the format (tied with Alabama). Utah is the only program in the country to make the NCAA Super Six every year since 2000 and its current streak of 13 straight appearances in team finals is unprecedented.
Utah broke its own NCAA gymnastics attendance record by averaging 14,352 fans to its regular season home meets. It was Utah's 28th gymnastics attendance title in the last 31 years. In the postseason, the Utes shattered the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships attendance record of 3,035 when 19,374 fans attended the two sessions in the Huntsman Center (8,495 first session, 10,879 second session). The 2012 Salt Lake City NCAA Regional meet more than doubled the attendance of the other five regionals with 6,558 in attendance. The closest competitor was the Fayetteville Regional with 2,713 fans.
Complete List of 2012 Scores & Awards