Oct. 4, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Pac-12 Conference office released the 2013 gymnastics schedule today and of the league's five national television broadcasts on the Pac-12 Networks, Utah will appear in four. The 10-time national champion Utes, who have qualified for a record 37-straight national championships and lead the nation in Super Six appearances with 18, will also make one regional appearance on the Pac-12 Networks. In addition, at least one non-conference road meet will be nationally televised.
"The opportunity for this kind of prime-time national television exposure is fantastic for our team and for the sport of gymnastics," said Utah co-head coach Greg Marsden. "The Pac-12 is arguably the strongest conference in the country from top to bottom and fans and recruits from around the country will be able to enjoy some great gymnastics when they tune into the Pac-12 Networks. It is also a great way for us to showcase our incredible fan base at Utah."
One of the highest drawing women's sports in history, the Utes have averaged 14,000 fans a meet for the past four years and over 11,000 fans a meet since 1991. The Utes broke their own NCAA gymnastics attendance record last year, averaging 14,352 fans to their home meets. Season tickets for 2013 are on sale at 801-581-UTIX and www.UtahUtes.com and more than 5,500 have been sold already. Fans can get a sneak preview of the 2013 Utes at the annual Red Rocks Preview on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.
Utah's home schedule begins a week later on Saturday, Jan. 19 against Oregon State, West Virginia and Southern Utah at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.
The remainder of Utah's 2013 home schedule includes visits from Arizona State on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., California on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. and Florida on Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. The Stanford and Florida meets will both be televised on Pac-12 National. Florida is the defending NCAA runner-up, while Stanford placed fourth at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
In addition to their opener at UCLA, the Utes' road schedule includes trips to Arizona on Friday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m. MT), Washington on Friday, Feb. 15 (7 p.m. PT, tape-delayed on Pac-12 Washington and Pac-12 Mountain), BYU with North Carolina on Friday, March 1 (7 p.m. MT on BYUtv) and Georgia on Saturday, March 9 (4 p.m. ET). Georgia, which along with Utah has won a record 10 national titles, finished 11th at last year's NCAA Championships.
Utah will begin postseason play at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships on Saturday, March 23 in Corvallis, Ore. (Pac-12 National). The NCAA Regionals take place Saturday, April 6 at one of six host sites: Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State and West Virginia. The 2013 NCAA Championships are scheduled for April 19-21 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
"With our Pac-12 schedule and nonconference dates against Florida and Georgia, we will face five of the 11 teams that competed with us at last year's NCAA Championships," said Marsden. "We have an exciting and talented team and are looking forward to matching up against the best teams in the country."
Utah returns 10 letterwinners from last year's NCAA fifth-place finisher, including All-Americans Corrie Lothrop, Marty Beth Lofgren, Kailah Delaney, Georgia Dabritz and Tory Wilson. Lothrop, a junior, is the defending Pac-12 all-around champion and Dabritz was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the 2012 Pac-12 uneven bar champion.
2013 UTAH GYMNASTICS SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Location Time TV Fri., Dec. 7 Red Rocks Preview Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT Sat., Jan. 12 at UCLA* Los Angeles 7:30 p.m. PT Pac-12 National Sat., Jan. 19 Oregon State/West Virginia/SUU Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT Fri., Jan. 25 at Arizona* Tucson Ariz. 7:00 p.m. MT Fri., Feb. 1 Arizona State* Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT Sat., Feb. 9 California* Salt Lake City 7:00 p.m. MT Fri., Feb. 15 at Washington* Seattle 7:00 p.m. PT Pac-12 Regional# Sat., Feb. 23 Stanford* Salt Lake City 8:00 p.m. MT Pac-12 National Fri., Mar. 1 at BYU with North Carolina Provo, Utah 7:00 p.m. MT BYUtv Sat., Mar. 9 at Georgia Athens, Ga. 4:00 p.m. ET Sat., Mar. 16 Florida Salt Lake City 6:00 p.m. MT Pac-12 National Sat., Mar. 23 Pac-12 Championships Corvallis Ore. TBA Pac-12 National Sat., Apr. 6 NCAA Regional TBA TBA Fri., Apr. 19 NCAA Championships-Semifinals Los Angeles TBA Sat., Apr. 20 NCAA Championships-Super Six Los Angeles TBA Sun., Apr. 21 NCAA Championships-Event Finals Los Angeles TBA
*Pac-12 meet; #Tape Delayed on Pac-12 Mountain & Pac-12 Washington; Times are local to site