The No. 4 Red Rocks (7-0, 3-0 Pac-12) handily defeated the Sun Devils (1-7, 0-3 Pac-12), 197.825-194.100. The meet was highlighted by Tory Wilson and Georgia Dabritz getting back-to-back 10.0s on vault, the second time in school history two gymnasts have gotten back-to-back 10.0s.
This meet was also alumni night, and Kristen Kenoyer and Aimee Trepanier were in the stands. They scored back-to-back 10.0s on floor in 1993. Utah's 197.825 is their second highest score on the year and third highest score in the nation. Expect the Red Rocks to climb a bit more in the rankings, even while they don't have far to go.
Utah opened the meet on vault. When WIlson got her perfect 10.0, the crowd gave her a long standing ovation. Following Dabritz's perfect 10.0, the packed Huntsman Center went into a complete uproar. It was Wilson's second perfect 10.0 on vault and Dabrit's first (but fifth perfect 10.0 in her career and second of the season).
"I haven't really gotten in a groove on vault this season, so my theme for tonight was to `be average,' and it worked out OK," said Wilson.
"After Tory's vault I was so excited, I had to really settle myself down and concentrate on mine," Dabritz said.
Dabritz won four titles on the night, the all-around (39.675), bars (9.95, floor (9.95), and tied on the vault with Wilson (10.0). Baely Rowe won the beam with a 9.90 on a routine where she added a moonwalk.
Dabritz's amazing performance came with a heavy heart however for the senior All-American co-captain. Laura Tebo, Dabritz's club coach since she was two years old, passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. Utah dedicated the meet to her and wore orange ribbons in their hair in honor of her favorite color.
Utah had a big lead after vault (49.625-48.800) and pulled away by the end of the second event: bars. Freshman Tiffani Lewis started off strong with a 9.875 in her first bar routine at Utah. Wilson (9.90) and Dabritz (9.95) finished the event strong to lead Utah to a 49.475 set, giving them an overall lead in the meet 99.100-97.350.
Up next for the Red Rocks was beam, an event that was the nemesis the past few season. However, they turned in another fine beam set on the season (49.25). The Red Rocks were led by a 9.90 from Rowe and a 9.875 from freshman Maddy Stover. After three events, Utah was up big, 148.350-146.050.
"As good as we were on the other events, what was really neat about the balance beam is I don't get nervous or worried," said Utah co-head coach Greg Marsden. "We had a couple of little balance checks and can do some little things better, but this group doesn't even think about falling."
Utah capped the night strong on the floor, with the last three gymnasts scoring a 9.90 or better. Kari Lee was scored at 9.90. Lothrop turned in a 9.925, and Dabritz nearly came away with another perfect score with a 9.95.
Utah will be on the road next Saturday in Seattle for a meet against the Washington Huskies. The meet starts at 4 p.m. local time (5 p.m. MT) and will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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