Utah set a new NCAA season attendance record, averaging 14,352 a meet, but lost to Nebraska 197.60-197.45
March 9, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY
The No. 7 Ute gymnasts accomplished almost everything they talked about following last week's up-and-down win over Oregon State. They relaxed, had fun, performed well on all four events and returned to 197.00 territory. Unfortunately, Utah's 197.45 score--its second-highest of the year and best since January 27--wasn't enough for a win, as No. 6 Nebraska scored a 197.60. With the loss, Utah drops to 7-2 while Nebraska improves to 11-2.
A crowd of 14,423 was on hand to celebrate the final regular season home meet for seniors Cortni Beers, Stephanie McAllister and Kyndal Robarts and the seniors did not disappoint. Robarts tied for first on vault (9.95), McAllister tied for first on bars (9.925) and Beers hit both her bars (9.85) and beam (9.725) routines.
"Our seniors have been a great group all the way along," said head coach Greg Marsden. "As talented as our young people are, our three seniors have been the glue that has held things together. It's hard to think about next year without them. We are going to miss them very much."
Utah never led in the meet and needed Nebraska to have some breaks on beam in order to overcome the Huskers' lead. But the breaks didn't come and the Utes came away with a bittersweet feeling.
"We were much better from a mental aspect," said McAllister, "But it's still no fun to lose." Said Robarts, "It's not discouraging because we want to get back in the gym right away and start to fix the little things that cost us."
Most of the errors came on the balance beam, where some wobbles led to a 49.10 score--the lowest by either team on the night. "We can improve quite a bit from our performance on beam," said Marsden. "We were hanging on in places rather than being aggressive and walking through our routines."
There was little to complain about Utah's other three events. The Utes tied their top score of the season on floor (49.50) and posted their second-highest scores of the season on vault (49.40), bars (49.40).
Robarts highlighted Utah's first event, scoring a 9.95 on the vault after a 9.90 by Kailah Delaney. On bars, Kassandra Lopez opened the set with a career-best 9.90 and Georgia Dabritz and McAllister both dished up 9.925s. Corrie Lothrop, Utah's top all-around finisher with a 39.475, turned in a career-best 9.90 on beam, where she and Robarts (9.875) had no problems. On floor, Lothrop produced a 9.925 and McAllister, Nansy Damianova and Dabritz all had 9.90s.
HREF="http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/mtt/lothrop_corrie00.html" >Corrie Lothrop, Utah's top all-around finisher with a 39.475, turned in a career-best 9.90 on beam, where she and Robarts (9.875) had no problems. On floor, Lothrop produced a 9.925 and McAllister, Nansy Damianova and Georgia McAllister all had 9.90s.
Utah finished its regular season home slate by breaking its own NCAA season attendance record. The 2012 Utes averaged 14,352 to their six home meets, eclipsing their record average of 14,213 set in 2010.
Next up for Utah is their final regular season road meet of the year at No. 1 ranked Florida on Friday.
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