The No. 4 Utah Red Rocks (11-0, 6-0 Pac-12) end their season in Athens, Ga. at No. 10 Georgia (4-6, 3-4 SEC) on Saturday, Mar. 14 at 4 p.m. ET (2 p.m. MT). The meet will be televised on SECN+, the digital version of the SEC Network, and is also available on ESPN3.com. Live scores and commentary can be found on UtahUtes.com.
Georgia and Utah are tied with 10 national championships each (most of any gymnastics squads). Georgia leads the all time series 25-23-1 over Utah, but Utah has won four of the last five contests The Utes' last win in Athens, where they are 3-10 all-time, was in 2011. A win against Georgia would give the Red Rocks only their second perfect regular season in school history.
Georgia is led by head coach Danna Durante (2nd season). They finished fifth at the 2014 NCAA championships. They posted a season-high 196.975 on Jan. 24 vs. Kentucky. Georgia does not use an all-arounder. Utah is the fifth top-six ranked team Georgia will have faced this season. The meet against Utah will be senior night for Georgia.
Utah is led by co-head coaches Greg and Megan Marsden. They split the 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year award after leading the Red Rocks to their first Pac-12 Championship last season. Greg is in his 40th season at Utah and is the NCAA career leader in wins (1,029-205-7). He is the coached Utah gymnastics for the program's entire existence. Megan is in her sixth year as co-head coach (and 31st year on staff) and has a career record of 113-44-1.
Utah will not have the backing of the largest gymnastics crowds when they have to travel all the way across the country to take on Georgia. In the final home meet of the 2015 season (last week against Michigan), Utah set a new record for the largest crowd to watch a gymnastics meet with 16,019 fans in attendance. They broke their previous record of 15,558 vs. Florida in 2011. They also broke their record set in 2014 of highest average attendance with 14,950, which is essentially the capacity of the Huntsman Center.
It will be the final regular season meet for Utah's excellent senior gymnasts:Georgia Dabritz, Corrie Lothrop, Becky Tutka and Tory Wilson, all of whom are all first-team All-Americans. Dabritz's seven perfect 10.0 scores is tied for third in school history with former U.S. Olympian Missy Marlowe (1989-92). The school record for 10.0 scores is 14 by Theresa Kulikowski (1999-2003). In second is Kristen Kenoyer with 11 (1990-93). Dabritz's five 10.0 scores on bars ranks second behind Kulikowski (7). Dabritz also has a 10.0 on vault and floor.
Dabritz is ranked No. 1 in the nation on bars for the third-straight week with a 9.965 regional qualifying score (RQS). She is No. 3 on vault (9.945) and No. 6 on floor (9.935). Wilson is the Pac-12's top-ranked all-arounder and is No. 9 in the nation with a 39.485 RQS. Utah has the country's No. 1 vault team and has three vaulters in the top 10: Dabritz is No. 3, Wilson is No. 8 and Kailah Delaney is No. 10. Dabritz has a team-best 23 wins this season, including victories on bars in eight of nine meets and seven wins on floor. She has 75 career victories. Utah has had four all-arounders score above a 39.500: Dabritz (39.70 twice), Wilson (39.65) and Lothrop (39.575). Baely Rowe has a 39.35 best. Tutka holds the school record for consecutive routines without a fall (76). She is 76-of-76 in her career.
Utah's next meet after Georgia will be the Pac-12 Championships, which will be held at the Huntsman Center.
Be sure to listen to interviews with Dabritz and Wilson.