April 12, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY--
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Fri., Apr. 19 Semifinals (Utah competes at 7:00 PM MDT)
Sat, Apr 20, Super Six (5:00 PM MT)
Sun, Apr 21, Event Finals (2:00 PM MT)
Utah has qualified for a record 38th-consecutive national championship and will compete at the 2013 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships in Los Angeles, April 19-21. After having first appeared in six AIAW Championships from 1976-81, Utah is the only gymnastics program in the country to qualify for all 32 NCAA Championships. The Utes have a record-tying 10 national championships, including nine NCAA titles. Utah opens its 2013 NCAA competition in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Friday, Apr. 19 in the second semifinal at 6 PDT (7 p.m. MDT). Friday's semifinal will be streamed live on www.ncaa.com. The Super Six on Saturday, Apr. 20 and the event finals on Sunday, Apr. 21 will be broadcast live online on ESPN3. Utah updates will be provided on twitter.com/utahathletics and there will be live scoring on www.uclabruins.com.
Utah's semifinal session includes four of the six teams from last year's Super Six: Utah, Alabama, UCLA and Arkansas. The other two teams in the evening session are Oklahoma and Michigan. The afternoon session has 2012 Super Six qualifiers Florida and Stanford, along with Georgia, LSU, Minnesota and Illinois.
Utah's 18 Super Six appearances is tied for the most in the country with Alabama (the Super Six format began in 1993). The Utes are the only program to make every Super Six since 2000. In this decade, the Utes have placed second four times (2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008) and third twice (2005 and 2009). Utah placed fifth in 2011 and 2012 and took sixth in 2003, 2004 and 2010.
FOR THE RECORD
is seven wins shy of becoming college gymnastics' first 1,000-win coach. Marsden, already the sport's winningest coach with a 993-195-7 record in 38 seasons at Utah, would need his team to advance to the Super Six and pick up some wins there to reach 1,000 this year ... Utah is competing without two All-Americans: Junior five-time All-American Corrie Lothrop
ruptured her Achilles in the fourth meet of the season. Missing the entire season due to knee surgery is 2012 first-team vault All-American Kailah Delaney
... Utah averaged 14,349 fans a meet this season to its home meets to win its third all-sports women's season attendance title. The Utes also led all women's teams in attendance in 2010 and 2011 and have won 29 gymnastics attendance titles (see page 10 for Utah's attendance records) ... Utah has 19-5-1 overall record, going 10-2-1 in the regular season, 5-2 (third) at the Pac-12 Championships and 4-1 (second) at the Tuscaloosa Regional.
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Utah's No. 10 seed into nationals is its lowest ever. The Utes qualified into the Super Six from a No. 8 seed in 2011 and a No. 7 seed in 2012--their previous low seeds. Seeding is based on National Qualifying Score (NQS), which equally counts a team's regional score and its regional qualifying score ... Utah is 0-3 against teams in its semifinal session this year, losing twice to UCLA and once to Alabama ... The Utes have an all-time winning record against every team in the championships other than Alabama (18-27) ... Junior Mary Beth Lofgren
will be Utah's first competitor (on floor) ... The Utes begin the semifinals on a bye. Their first competitive rotation takes them to the floor, followed by vault, bye, bars and beam. It is the second year in a row that Utah has started its competition routines on the floor and finished on beam in the NCAA semis and is also the same order of competition the Utes had at the Pac-12 Championships ... Rotating with the Utes as an at-large all-arounder will be Caitlin Atkinson of Auburn. The head coach at Auburn is former Ute assistant Jeff Graba
, Tory Wilson
and Becky Tutka
were named Regular Season All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) in the first year of the award. In the past, All-America status could only be attained at the national championships (the traditional All-America team will still be determined at the NCAA Championships). Dabritz won two Regular Season All-America honors, making the first team on vault and the second team on bars. Wilson is a first-team Regular Season All-American on vault and Tutka made the second team on floor. Dabritz and Wilson both earned All-America status on vault at last year's NCAA Championships. All three finished the regular season ranked in the top 10. See page 2 (left sidebar) for Utah's complete rankings.
, who became the first Ute ever to go undefeated on an event during the regular season (10-0 on vault), tied for first on vault at the regional championships to raise her victory total on the apparatus to 11. She finished second on vault in the only meet she didn't win the event--at the Pac-12 Championships. Wilson was ranked No. 1 in the nation for six straight weeks before finishing the regular season ranked third. The last Ute to win 11 event titles in a season was Ashley Postell
in 2008 (on beam). Theresa Kulikowski
is believed to be the school record-holder for most victories on a single event in a season with 12 wins on bars in 2001.
Utes picked up victories on three of the four apparatus at the regional championships on April 6 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Georgia Dabritz
was a two-event winner, tying for first on bars and vault, Tory Wilson
tied for first on vault and Nansy Damianova
tied for first on floor. Dabritz has now won a regional bar title in back-to-back seasons, while Damianova becomes a three-time regional champ, having won floor and vault in 2011.
Ute individual winners this season are Georgia Dabritz
(17), Tory Wilson
(15), Becky Tutka
(4), Nansy Damianova
(3), Mary Beth Lofgren
(3), Corrie Lothrop
(3) and Lia Del Priore
(1) ... The Utes have hit 274-of-288 routines. Gymnasts without a fall are Tutka (25-25), Breanna Hughes
(24-24), Lia Del Priore
(21-21), Kassandra Lopez
(19-19) and Lothrop (15-15) ... Three Utes have scored a 10.0 this season: Wilson on vault vs. California (Feb. 9), Del Priore on floor vs. Stanford (Feb. 23) and Dabritz on bars vs. Florida (Mar. 16) ... In addition to their Regular Season All-America status, Dabritz and Wilson were named first-team All-Pac-12 all-arounders and Tutka was a first-team selection on floor. Making the Pac-12 second team were Lofgren (beam) and Damianova (floor).