When Utah joined the Pac-12, Red Rocks fans expected the Utes to dominate the conference in gymnastics. After all, Utah is to gymnastics as UCLA is to basketball or USC to football. NCAA national championships are the minimum expectation year-in and year-out for Utah head coaches Greg Marsden's and Megan Marsden's program. But it took Utah three years to win the conference title, and then they did it again, as expected.
And, as expected, Utah was well represented in the post-season Pac-12 awards. Seven gymnasts from Utah's 2015 Pac-12 championship team received all-conference honors Tuesday, led by first-team all-arounders Tory Wilson and Georgia Dabritz.
Joining Wilson and Dabritz on the first-team were Corrie Lothrop on bars and floor, junior Kailah Delaney on vault and freshman Kari Lee on floor. Making the second team were Lee on vault and beam, junior Kassandra Lopez on bars and sophomore Baely Rowe on beam.
The all-conference team is based on regional qualifying score (RQS). A gymnast who makes the all-conference team in the all-around is not eligible for individual event honors.Wilson, who was injured at the Pac-12 Championship, finished her career as the top-ranked all-arounder in the conference with a 39.485 RQ. It is her third-straight season as a first-team all-conference all-arounder.
Like Wilson, Dabritz is a repeat first-team All-Pac-12 all-arounder, having also earned the honor as a sophomore in 2013. She is a six-time first-team all-conference member, winning individual event accolades on floor in 2012 and on vault, bars and floor last year.Dabritz, who last weekend won the all-around at the Pac-12 Championship, has won every major Pac-12 gymnastics award in her Utah career. She was the 2012 Freshman of the Year, the 2014 Specialist of the Year, and the 2015 Gymnast of the Year and Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Lothrop's 2015 first-team honors on bars and floor brings her career all-conference tally to four. She was a first-team all-arounder in 2012 and made the second team on bars last year.
Delaney has won first-team all-conference honors on vault all three seasons she has competed. She was also first-team on vault as a freshman in 2012 and as a redshirt sophomore in 2014. Lee, Lopez and Rowe are making their first appearance on the All-Pac-12 team.
In its first four years of Pac-12 membership, Utah has won two team titles (2014, 2015), three all-around championships (Lothrop in 2012, Wilson in 2014, Dabritz in 2015) and two Gymnast of the Year awards (Wilson 2014, Dabritz 2015). In addition, the Marsdens were voted Coach of the Year for the past two seasons.
Pac-12 Coach of the Year:
Greg Marsden/Megan Marsden
Gymnast of the Year:
Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
2015 Pac-12 Champions:
Georgia Dabritz, All-Around, Floor
Tory Wilson, Vault
Corrie Lothrop, Bars
First-Team All Pac-12:
Tory Wilson, All-Around
Georgia Dabritz, All-Around
Kailah Delaney, Vault
Corrie Lothrop, Bars, Floor
Kari Lee, Floor
Kari Lee, Vault, Beam
Kassandra Lopez, Bars
Baely Rowe, Beam
Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week:
Jan. 12:Tory Wilson (BYU) (3 career)
Jan. 19:Georiga Dabritz (SUU/BSU/UCD)
Feb. 2:Georgia Dabritz (Arizona)
Feb. 9:Georgia Dabritz (ASU)
Mar. 9:Georgia Dabritz (Michigan) (6 career)
Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week
Jan. 26: Corrie Lothrop (UCLA) (1 career)
Feb. 9: Tory Wilson (ASU) (5 career)
Feb. 21: Georgia Dabritz (Stanford)
Mar. 2: Georgia Dabritz (OSU) (8 career)
Next up for the Utes is the NCAA Regional Championship in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, April 4.
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