Jan. 27, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY--
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THIS WEEK IN UTAH GYMNASTICS
The No. 4-ranked Utah gymnastics team (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has a road meet at No. 19 Arizona State (5-1, 2-0 Pac-12) on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1:00 p.m. MT. There will be a live video stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university and live scores at thesundevils.com. Live commentary can be found at UtahUtes.com.
ONE FOR 1,000
Utah coach Greg Marsden
, in his 39th season, is one victory away from becoming the sport's first 1,000-win coach. After last week's win over UCLA (his 300th against Pac-12 teams), he moved his career mark to 999-199-7. The only coach in Utah gymnastics history, Marsden has led the Utes into the national championships every year of his tenure, which began in the 1976 season. Marsden is 300-54-4 all-time against Pac-12 schools.
LAST DUAL DUEL
Utah coach Greg Marsden
and Arizona State coach John Spini are meeting for the last time in dual meet competition. Spini, in his 34th-year at the helm of the Sun Devil gymnastics program and the longest tenured coach in ASU history, has announced he will retire following this season. Marsden, in his 39th season at Utah, is the dean of the women's college gymnastics coaches. Here are the four active head coaches with the most years in the sport:
39 years Greg Marsden, Utah (999-199-7)
37 years D-D Breaux, LSU (626-396-8)
36 years Sarah Patterson, Alabama (425-95-5*
34 years John Spini, ASU (346-187-2)*
*Alabama & ASU do not keep postseason win-loss records
Utah and ASU have met one common opponent this season. The Utes beat California in Berkeley on Jan. 17, 196.875-196.275 and ASU beat the Bears in Tempe last Saturday, 196.000 to 195.350 ... Kassandra Lopez
, the only Arizona native on Utah's roster, is out for the season after tearing her Achilles in pre-meet warm-ups on Jan. 11. Lopez, from Tucson, will make the trip to Tempe with the Utes this week ... Utah is 65-16-1 all-time against ASU and 13-8-1 in Tempe. See Series Shorts for more ... Utah is averaging 14,696 fans to its first two home meets with a season-high of 14,910 for the opener and 14,483 against UCLA last week. Utah set a record for season tickets this year, topping 7,000 for the first time.
IN THE RANKINGS
Utah is ranked fourth in the nation for the third-straight week (tied with Michigan) and is No. 1 on vault (49.508 season average), No. 2 on floor (49.392) and No. 5 on bars (49.242). Georgia Dabritz
is ranked in the top five on all three events she competes. She is No. 1 on bars (9.933 average), tied for No. 2 on vault with teammate Kailah Delaney
(9.925) and tied for No. 5 on floor (9.933). See page 3 for complete ranking information.
is the only gymnast in the nation ranked in the top five on three events. Dabritz is No. 1 this week on bars, tied for No. 2 (with Kailah Delaney
) on vault and tied for fifth on floor. Dabritz, a 2013 first-team All-America all-arounder, has not yet broken into the beam lineup. She has won seven of her nine routines to date, including all three bar competitions ... Mary Beth Lofgren
replaced Lia Del Priore
on vault against UCLA and scored a career-high 9.90 ... Utah has the country's highest vault score this season--a 49.60 vs. UCLA--and its 49.525 on bars against UCLA is the second-best bar score in the nation to date ...There are a school-record nine All-Americans on Utah's roster.
has won multiple events in all three meets, earning two victories in the first two meets and winning all three of her events against UCLA ... Utah has four vaulters ranked in the top 15 this week: Dabritz and Kailah Delaney
at No. 2, Tory Wilson
at No. 6 and Mary Beth Lofgren
at No. 13 ... Wilson, Utah's only all-arounder, won the all-around in the first two meets ... Ute winners: Dabritz (7), Wilson (4), Nansy Damianova
(1), Kailah Delaney
(1) and Corrie Lothrop
(1) ... The Utes have completed 66-72 routines without a fall. Gymnasts without a fall are Dabritz (9-9), Delaney (7-7), Lia Del Priore
(4-4), Becky Tutka
(6-6), Breanna Hughes
(6-6) and Hailee Hansen
(For complete series results, see page 2) ... Utah leads the series with ASU 65-16-1 (13-8-1 in Tempe). The Utes have won the last 14 contests and 42 of the last 44 ... ASU's last win was in 2003 in Salt Lake City ... The Utes last lost in Tempe in 2000.
Coach: John Spini (34th season)
2013 NCAA Finish: NA
National Rank: No. 19
2014 Record: 5-1, (2-0 Pac-12)
Notes: Ranked No. 19 ... After losing to San Jose State in its home opener, the Sun Devils have earned an impressive road win over Washington (where they also beat San Jose State in a rematch) and a home win against Cal ... 195.900 at Washington was ASU's best road score since 2006 ... season-high 196.00 in last week's win against Cal (195.35) ... ASU has no all-arounders.
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