Jan. 17, 2014
Berkeley, Calif.-- - Three spectacular events gave the Utah gymnasts a big enough cushion to beat Cal 196.875-196.275 on the 39th-anniversary of the first Utah gymnastics meet back on January 17, 1976.
The Utes looked in postseason form on bars (49.325), vault (49.500) and floor (49.475) in building up a 148.300-147.150 lead against the Bears. They gave back several of those tenths on their final event, when Baely Rowe and Mary Beth Lofgren both fell off beam.
"It was a great night, but we have to get better at finishing on beam," said Utah coach Greg Marsden. "The other three events, they (the Utes) relaxed and let it come to them. We need to approach beam that way. Mary Beth (Lofgren) is at the end of the lineup because she is dependable, so I am not overly concerned."
Tory Wilson won the all-around for the second straight week, scoring a 39.450 and picked up her first vault win of the season with a 9.975. Georgia Dabritz was a double winner for the second week, scoring a 9.95 on floor and tying for first on bars with Corrie Lothrop (9.90).
"We're in a great place for this time of year," said Wilson. "We started strong on bars, which was a problem for us early last season."
Added Dabritz, "Winning on the road wasn't a strong suit for us last year, but we are going to make it our strong suit this year."
Utah's big bar set was highlighted by 9.90s from Lothrop and Dabritz. Lothrop, who fell last week in her return from last year's season-ending injury, looked back her 2012 form, when she earned All-America honors on the event. She and Dabritz tied for first on the event--the second bar win in two weeks for Dabritz, the 2013 NCAA runner-up. Utah led 49.325-49.025 after one rotation.
While Cal was turning in a solid beam set, the Utes more than matched them on the floor to take a 148.300-147.150 three-event lead. Dabritz again led the way, this time with a 9.95, while Nansy Damianova and Del Priore performed 9.875 routines.
Utah returns home next week to meet UCLA on Jan. 25 in a meet televised on the Pac-12 Networks.