Utah’s gymnastics team wasn’t completely shut out of the Pac-12 Championships Saturday as sophomore Corrie Lothrop won the all-around with a 39.625 and freshman Georgia Dabritz won the uneven bars with a 9.95.
Lothrop posted 9.9s on everything but the uneven bars, where she earned a 9.925.
“I was just glad to do my routines the way I’ve been practicing them,” Lothrop said. “I wanted to contribute as much as I could to the team.”
Lothrop leads the Utes with 12 wins and Dabritz has 11, tying senior Stephanie McAllister.
Dabritz was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year.
“We are humbled by those kinds of things,” Utah coach Greg Marsden said. “This conference has a lot of talented freshmen, but we feel we have a pretty special one, too.”
More Pac-12 honors
Oregon State’s Leslie Mak was the Gymnast of the Year and UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field was the Coach of the Year. … McAllister, a three-time All-American, was named the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. McAllister has a 3.618 cumulative GPA in mass communication.
Write it down
Kondos Field, who said she couldn’t remember a conference meet as close as Saturday’s, predicted four teams from the Pac-12 would make the Super Six at the NCAA Championships.
“Put that in writing,” she said.
Hearing her prediction, Marsden thought of the SEC and replied, “I’d love for her to be right, but there might be some teams from another conference who want to challenge that.”
Saturday’s event marked the first gymnastics competition Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has attended in person. Scott said the league asked Utah to host the competition because the school was known for its following.
“We are always looking for great stages to showcase our championships,” he said.
Saturday’s meet will be televised by FSN and will air in Utah on ROOT on March 30 at 1:30 p.m. and March 31 at 11:30 a.m.
Scott said he envisions gymnastics will be one of several sports that will be televised on the league’s network in the future.
“We see it as a major sport for that,” he said.
In other news, Scott said he expects some basketball teams will schedule Big Ten teams as early as 2013-14 as part of the conferences’ agreement.
The league will announce the schedules for the first three weeks of football no later than June, Scott said.