More than 4,000 fans turned out for Utah's gymnastics intra-squad meet.
Dec. 13, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY--
The crowd of 4,106 spectators that attended the Red Rocks Preview in the Huntsman Center Friday clearly enjoyed the once-a-year opportunity cheer for their team on every routine. Without a doubt, however, the cheers picked up after the uneven bars, where Team Utes suffered one fall and the first three gymnasts on Team Utah fell.
It was ironic, coach Greg Marsden commented after the intra-squad meet, since bars was Utah's best event by the time the NCAA Championships rolled around last April and everyone in that lineup is back. In reality, of the four total falls, only one (Tory Wilson) came from a member of that NCAA lineup. Another was by Corrie Lothrop, making her first appearance since tearing her Achilles in the fourth meet of 2013. Lothrop was an All-American on the event in 2012.
"Tonight was not reflective of what I've seen in practice on bars and I'm not too concerned. That's why we do this meet because nothing can replicate in the gym what it's like in the arena," said Marsden of his team, which was ranked sixth in the country in the preseason coaches' poll earlier this week.
Marsden was especially pleased with beam and floor. "Beam was much improved from last year and getting Corrie (Lothrop) and Kailah (Delaney) back from injuries really helps us. Once (freshman) Baely Rowe relaxes a little, she'll be a great beamer. We had big tumbling on floor. We spotted a lot, but you can tell who was going to be OK."
All-American Becky Tutka got the biggest applause for the final floor routine of the night, but Tory Wilson created a buzz three routines earlier with her opening pass, featuring a full twisting double layout. "That's a big-time first pass by Tory," said Marsden.
After the meet, the crowd stuck around to get autographed posters from the team. The Utes will open their season on Jan. 11 against BYU, Southern Utah and Boise State at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.