There will be a top 5 showdown in gymnastics tonight at 7 p.m. MT in the Huntsman Center when the No. 4 Utah Red Rocks (10-0, 6-0 Pac-12) take on the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten). Utah holds a 24-13 (10-2 in Salt Lake City) advantage in the series with Michigan 24-13. The Wolverines have taken the last two match-ups however, winning at the 2013 NCAA Championships and last March in Ann Arbor. Michigan's last win in Salt Lake City was in 2003.
This is the last home meet of the season and will honor the seniors. It is a star-studded senior line-up, all four seniors, Georgia Dabritz, Corrie Lothrop, Becky Tutka and Tory Wilson, are all first-team All-Americans. Dabritz, Lothrop and Wilson are also Pac-12 champions and team MVPs. Tutka has the most career hit routines and most hit routines in a row with 75 (she has never fallen and is a perfect 75 for 75 in her career at Utah). Each senior has many accomplishments.
Dabritz: 10-time All-American, 2013 NCAA uneven bar runner-up, three-time NCAA Regional champion, four-time Pac-12 champion, 2014 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year, 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, two-time Utah co-MVP, team tri-captain, six career 10.0's (4 bars, 1 vault, 1 floor), 72 career victories.
Lothrop: Five-time All-American, 2012 Pac-12 all-around champion, three-year team co-captain (2013, '14, '15), 2012 Utah co-MVP.
Tutka: Four-time All-American, first-team All-American on floor in 2014, two-time All-Pac-12 Conference, has hit 75-75 career routines (a school record for routines without a fall).
Wilson: Five-time All-American, 2013 North Central Region Gymnast of the Year, 2013 NCAA Regional vault champion, 2014 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year, 2014 Pac-12 all-around champion, two-time Utah co-MVP, team tri-captain, two career 10.0s on vault.
Michigan is led by 26th year head coach Bev Plocki. Michigan finished 10th last season at the NCAA Championships and is ranked No. 5 this season. Their lone loss was a 197.375-197.250 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma on Feb. 20. They posted their season high score of 197.300 in a Jan. 31 win over Nebraska. Their top road score is a 197.125 at Maryland on Feb. 7. They have posted a 197.250 in their last two meets. Michigan features three of the top all-arounders in the country in No. 5 Sachi Sugiyama (39.475 RQS/39.55 season high), No. 6 Nicole Artz (39.470 RQS/39.600 high) and No. 10 Brianna Brown (39.370 RQS/39.405 high).
Utah is led by co-head coaches Greg and Megan Marsden. After leading the Red Rocks to their first Pac-12 Championship last season, they split the 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year award. Greg is in his 40th season at Utah and is the NCAA career leader in wins (1,028-205-7). Megan is in her sixth year as co-head coach (and 31st year on staff) and has a career record of 112-44-1. Utah is tied with Georgia (who they face next week) with 10 national championships each.
After being on the road last week against Oregon State, Utah will return home in front of the best NCAA gymnastics crowd at the Huntsman Center for their last home regular season meet of the season (the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships will be hosted at the Huntsman Center this year). In their first four meets, Utah has averaged 14,682 fans, with a season-high attendance of 15,202 for the Stanford meet on Feb. 21. Utah owns every NCAA gymnastics attendance record, including the most people ever to watch a collegiate gymnastics meet (15,558 vs. Florida in 2011) and highest season attendance average (14,376 in 2014). The atmosphere at home meets is a big draw for gymnasts to come to Utah. Utah can set a new single-season home attendance if 13,154 fans attend the meet tonight against Michigan. They also stand to win the 2015 season high attendance mark for gymnastics (Alabama is No. 2 and could average a max of 12,812) and all women's sports (the top women's basketball attendance for example is South Carolina, who had a regular season attendance average of 12,540.
After falling on beam against Washington, Dabritz has not since competed in the all-around. Prior to the Washington meet, she was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the all-around. She leads the team with 20 wins on the season. Her 9.925 on beam in exhibition against Oregon State had to have given the coaches something to think about, but only Wilson and Lothrop will compete for the all-around against Michigan. Wilson ranks No. 7 in the nation in the all-around. Dabritz is No. 2 on vault, Wilson is No. 6T, and Kailah Delaney is No. 9T. Dabritz is No. 1 in bars and No. 5T on floor. As a team, Utah ranks No. 1 in vault, No. 3 on bars, No. 5 on floor, and No. 6 on beam.
If you are coming to the meet, make sure to arrive early. 5,000 light sticks will be distributed to lower bowl fans for the pre-meet ceremony. The final throwback poster of the season will also be distributed and is a re-creation of the famous 1993 poster featuring Aimee Trepanier.
There is no TV coverage for the meet, but fans can watch a free live video stream and get live scoring updates on UtahUtes.com.