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Utes win but lose top gymnast with injury

Utah's gymnasts hardly felt like celebrating their 196.425-195.45 win over Arizona State Friday.

The Utes won, but lost their best gymnast, Corrie Lothrop, with a torn Achilles tendon.

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Lothrop will have surgery with the hopes of returning for her senior year next season.

A five-time All-American and the defending Pac-12 all-around champion, Lothrop said she knew right away the injury was serious.

The junior tore her right Achilles before she joined the Utes. It is common for athletes to be susceptible to tearing both Achilles if they tear one.

"I was trying to be someone who didn't do both but clearly that didn't work out," an emotional Lothrop said after the meet. "I came out of the first one fine and pretty fast and I hope this one will be the same."

Lothrop is ranked 13th in the all-around with a 39.3 average and entered the meet with 20 career wins and 109-for-113 hit routines.

She was leading the all-around on Friday, scoring a 9.85 on the vault and 9.875s on the balance beam and uneven bars.

Replacing those kinds of numbers will be difficult, Utah coach Greg Marsden acknowledged.

"It's not good," he said. "I told the team we can feel sorry for ourselves for the weekend, then Monday we need to come in and move forward and other people have to step up. Those are big shoes to fill, but we have a team full of talented athletes who can step up and do that job."

Losing Lothrop will hurt the Utes particularly on the balance beam, the one area where they don't have much depth.

On Friday, both Georgia Dabritz and Mary Beth Lofgren fell.

Afterward, Dabritz said the Utes were determined to make up for Lothrop's absence.

"Even with Corrie out, we can still make a big statement out there," she said.

- Lya Wodraska

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