Feb. 18, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY--
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THIS WEEK IN UTAH GYMNASTICS
Up next up for the No. 4-ranked Utah gymnastics team (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) is a home meet against No. 11 Oregon State (7-1, 1-1 Pac-12) on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Huntsman Center. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 5:45 p.m. to recognize former Ute gymnasts participating in the annual Alumni Night. The Pac-12 Networks will televise the meet live with Brian Webber and 2004 Olympic all-around champion Carly Patterson calling the action. Live scores will be available on www.utahutes.com.
IN THE RANKINGS
Utah is ranked No. 4 in the nation for the sixth-straight week and is No. 1 on both vault (49.495 season average) and floor (49.430) for the second-straight week. Utah, whose score against Stanford on Feb. 17 was too late for the new rankings, also stayed at No. 4 on bars (49.280) and No. 12 on beam (48.930). Junior Georgia Dabritz
is ranked No. 1 on bars and No. 2 on floor. She is one of three Utes ranked in the top 10 on vault: Junior Tory Wilson
is No. 2, junior Kailah Delaney
is No. 5 and Dabritz is No. 7. Also in the top 10 is Wilson in the all-around at No. 9. See page 3 for complete Utah rankings. Next week the rankings will move from total season average to regional qualifying score (RQS). A team's RQS is obtained by taking the six best scores, three of which must have come on the road, dropping the high score and then averaging the remaining five scores.
Utah suffered its first loss of the season on Monday at No. 12 Stanford (197.000-196.300) ... Around 30 former Ute gymnasts are expected to attend Saturday's meet, which is the annual Alumni Night. They will be introduced before the meet at 5:45 p.m. One of alums planning to attend is Fumina Kobayashi
(2010-12), whose sister Kana Kobayashi is a freshman gymnast for Oregon State ... The Utes are averaging 14,135 fans a meet in the Huntsman Center this year with a season-high 14,910 for the season-opening quad meet.
has won 68% of her routines (13-19), including all six bar competitions and five floor titles ... A Ute has won or tied for first on vault, bars and floor in every meet this season ... Dabritz has won four Pac-12 Specialist of the Week awards and Tory Wilson
has been named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week twice ... Dabritz has posted five 9.975 scores this season: one on vault and bars and three on floor (in the last four meets). Wilson has two 9.975 vault scores ... Ute winners: Dabritz (13), Wilson (7), Kailah Delaney
(3), Corrie Lothrop
(2), Nansy Damianova
(1) and Mary Beth Lofgren
(1) ... The Utes have completed 133-144 routines without a fall. Gymnasts who have hit every routine are Dabritz (19-19), Becky Tutka
(11-11), Lia Del Priore
(7-7) and Hailee Hansen
Both Corrie Lothrop
and Kailah Delaney
have decided to take advantage of their redshirt options, which will restore an extra year of eligibility to both. The decision makes Lothrop a junior in eligibility and Delaney a sophomore. Lothrop missed most of the 2013 season with an Achilles tear, while Delaney missed all of last season with a knee injury ... Georgia Dabritz
, a 2013 first-team All-America all-arounder, competed on all four events for the first time of the season at Stanford on Feb. 17 and tied for second place with Tory Wilson
with a 39.425 ... Becky Tutka
is questionable to compete on floor this week due to a sore Achilles. She vaulted on Monday at Stanford but withdrew from the floor lineup.
Utah leads the series with OSU 60-9 ... Utah has never lost to OSU in Salt Lake City, where the Utes lead 30-0... OSU won the most recent contest--finishing first to Utah's third-place standing at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships in Corvallis, Ore. ... For complete series results, see page 2.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE
Coach: Tanya Chaplin (17th season)
2013 NCAA Finish: n/a
National Rank: No. 11
2014 Record: 7-1 (1-1 Pac-12)
Notes: Defending Pac-12 champion has had just two conference meets this season after a Feb. 8 meet with Cal was canceled due to a snowstorm in Corvallis ... lost at UCLA (196.425-195.625) and beat Stanford in Corvallis (197.100-195.700) ... 197.100 vs. Stanford on Feb. 3 is OSU's season high ... only all-arounder, Chelsea Tang has won 4-of-5 all-around competitions and has a season-high 39.350.