SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The determined crowd of 14,129 that braved a severe winter storm to come to the Utah gymnastics meet was rewarded with best meet of the season as the Utes annihilated No. 23 California 197.050-192.750. Sophomore Tory Wilson electrified the audience in her first career all-around appearance, scoring a 10.0 on vault and winning the all-around with a 39.475.
Wilson, who entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the nation on the vault, will retain that position after her perfect score—the first 10.0 by a Ute since 20-time All-American Ashley Postell sprang for three in 2008 (two on vault and one on beam). Wilson had been competing on three events before a season-ending injury to defending Pac-12 all-around champion Corrie Lothrop last week opened a spot in the bar lineup.
“(Every week) I just try to think of it as my first meet of the season because I don’t want to put pressure on myself,” said Wilson, when asked about the first Ute 10.0 in five seasons. “I just want to vault how I do and see how it turns out.”
Wilson, who scored a 9.825 in her first college bar routine, had a 9.775 on beam and tied her floor high with a 9.90, added, “We can’t replace Corrie (Lothrop) but we sure can try.”
Try they did and the Utes reached 197.0 for the first time this season. They swept the individual honors with Wilson taking first on vault and in the all-around, Georgia Dabritz winning on beam (9.90) and floor (9.975) and Nansy Damianova winning the bars (9.875). Utah’s scores on vault (49.40) and floor (49.575) were its best this season.
Lothrop’s replacements on the other three events fared as well as Wilson did on bars with Mary Beth Lofgren scoring a 9.875 on vault, Kassandra Lopez a 9.80 on beam and Lia Del Priore a 9.75 on floor.
Lopez returned to the beam lineup in the nick of time. One of Utah’s steadiest beam workers a year ago, she has been sidelined from every event other than bars all season with a calf injury. Coach Greg Marsden said that Lopez learned a new dismount just this week in hopes of making the lineup.
“My dismount was when I hurt it,” said Lopez of the injury. “Corrie (Lothrop) motivated me to (get better) and do this for my team.”
The meet was never in doubt and the Utes were relaxed and energetic going into their final event, holding a 147.475-146.350 lead. While Cal was self-destructing on the balance beam, Utah blew the meet open with its huge floor score. The last four Utes scored a 9.90 or better, highlighted by Dabritz’s 9.975.