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Utah Red Rocks Win Back-to-Back Pac-12 Gymnastics Titles

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Red Rocks win the 2015 Pac-12 gymnastics title, their second in a row

2015 Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships (Photos By Russ Isabella And Nathan Sweet)
2015 Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships (Photos By Russ Isabella And Nathan Sweet)

The University of Utah Red Rocks won the the 2015 Pac-12 gymnastics championship with a score of 198.150, beating UCLA (197.375), Stanford (197.175), Oregon State (196.900), Arizona (196.225), California (196.150), Washington (196.000) and Arizona State (192.700).

The win came before the largest audience in Pac-12 Championship history. The combined attendance at the two sessions was 23,568, and the evening session drew a session-record 14,402 fans.

With the win came a devastating blow for the Red Rocks, who lost senior All-American and 2014 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year Tory Wilson for the remainder of the season to an injury. Wilson, who had won vault with a perfect 10.0 and scored a 9.90 on bars and a 9.875 on beam, tore her Achilles tendon and suffered damage to the foot on her other leg during her floor routine.

"I'm happy for our team and happy for our fans, but I am devastated for Tory," said co-head coach Greg Marsden. Marsden, along with co-head coach Megan Marsden, was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.

"It was a great team effort tonight--what I consider a peak effort right up until Tory's accident," said Marsden.

Fittingly, Utah's senior captains Wilson, Georgia Dabritz and Corrie Lothrop led the team to victory. Joining Wilson in the victory column were Dabritz on floor (9.95) and in the all-around (39.775), and Lothrop on bars (9.95). With her two wins, it makes Dabritz a six-time Pac-12 champion.

Dabritz, who yesterday was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was announced today as the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year. The award is voted on by the league's coaches. Dabritz joins Lothrop (2012) and Wilson (2014) as a Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year and a Pac-12 all-around champion. Her 39.775 winning all-around score was a career best and ties the fifth-best score in school history.

The spectacular senior has now won every major Pac-12 gymnastics award in her Utah career. In 2012, Dabritz was named Freshman of the Year; in 2014, she was Specialist of the Year; and this season, she was named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Gymnast of the Year.

Utah jumped out to a huge lead heading into their final event: the floor routine. Utah scored a 49.675 on vault, a 49.550 on bars, and a 49.400 on beam.

Dabritz, Lothrop and Utah's other senior All-American Becky Tutka, were left to clinch the meet for the Utes after Wilson's aborted floor routine. Visibly shaken by the loss of their teammate, they nonetheless wrapped up the win with a 9.90 from Lothrop, a 9.95 from Dabritz and a 9.925 from Tutka. Despite Wilson's injury (and resulting score of a 1.00), Utah managed to rally to score a 49.525 on floor to win their second-straight Pac-12 title easily.

What happened to Tory is "every gymnast's nightmare," said Marsden. "But give the (other seniors) credit. They went out and performed as well as they possibly could under those circumstances."

Utah will learn its regional destination on Monday at 1 p.m. MT on a live webcast on NCAA.com. Regionals take place on April 4.