The University of Utah gymnastics team scored above 197 for the second time this year. Utah outshined rival BYU to the score of 197.550-194.450 on Friday night. This comes two weeks after they beat Utah State 197.400-191.925. The 197.550 is the highest score Utah has posted since winning the NCAA Regionals in 2009 with a score of 197.675. With the score, Utah should improve to #1 in the rankings.
While the whole team performed well last night, Corrie Lothrop clearly stole the show. Lothrop, only a sophomore, posted a 39.575 to win the all around competition. CoLo, as her teams refers to her, posted or tied her career high in every event.
The scary thing about this Utah squad is the number of freshmen that are solid contributors. Kailah Delaney, Georgia Dabritz, and Becky Tutka all scored a 9.90 or higher in at least one event on Friday night. Delaney’s 9.95 on vault was Utah’s highest vault score of the season. Utah’s underclassmen performed so well that on 3 of the 4 events, it was a senior’s score that was not counted.
Senior Cortni Beers had a break out meet scoring career highs in both bars and beam. Beers won the beam and tied for the win on bars with Dabritz, Lothrop and fellow senior Stephanie McAllister. The only gymnast that seamed to have an off night was senior Kyndal Robarts who averaged 9.825 on her three routines. Expect Robarts, who is the most experienced Ute gymnast to bounce back strong.
It says a lot about a gymnastics team when they are posting scores this early in the season that compete with post-season scores. The Red Rocks definitely look like they are in mid-season form already. The country better watch out if this group, which has only 4 upperclassmen, continues to improve. Utah will look to continue their success when they take on Georgia at the Huntsman Center on February 3.