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(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune) University of Utah gymnast Georgia Dabritz competes in the uneven bars during the Pac 12 Gymnastics Championship at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 24, 2012.
Utah gymnastics: Utes get another shot at Nebraska Huskers
Gymnastics » Nebraska coming to Salt Lake City for NCAA regional.
First Published Mar 26 2012 04:40 pm • Last Updated Mar 27 2012 12:07 am

Utah’s gymnastics team can exact some revenge and qualify for the NCAA Championships, all in one meet.

Fifth-ranked Nebraska, which beat the Utes 197.6-197.45 in their final regular-season home meet, is the top seed in the NCAA’s Salt Lake City Regional on April 7 at the Hunstman Center.

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NCAA regional selections

Utah will host the Salt Lake City Regional on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Huntsman Center.

Salt Lake City Regional

Nebraska

Utah

Minnesota

Iowa State

Arizona State

San Jose State

Auburn, Ala. Regional

Georgia

Oregon State

Auburn

Michigan

West Virginia

Michigan State

Fayetteville, Ark. Regional

UCLA

Arkansas

Boise State

Missouri

New Hampshire

Maryland

Champaign, Ill. Regional

Oklahoma

Stanford

Denver

Illinois

Kentucky

Illinois-Chicago

Raleigh, N.C., Regional

Florida

North Carolina State

Penn State

Ohio State

Kent State

North Carolina

Seattle Regional

Alabama

LSU

Arizona

Washington

Iowa

Central Michigan

Top 25 final rankings

Ranking team RQS previous

1. Florida 197.445 1

2. Oklahoma 197.36 2

3. UCLA 197.27 4

4. Alabama 197.245 3

5. Nebraska 197.03 6

6. Georgia 196.995 5

7. Oregon St. 196.76 8

8. Utah 196.705 7

9. LSU 196.57 8

10. Arkansas 196.545 10

11. Stanford 196.41 11

12. Ohio St. 196.245 13

13. Penn St. 196.23 12

14. Denver 196.09 18

15. Boise St. 196.055 14

16. Arizona 196.02 17

17. Minnesota 195.985 16

18. Auburn 195.965 15

19. Missouri 195.925 19

20. North Carolina St. 195.87 20

21. Michigan 195.825 21

22. Illinois 195.695 23

23. Washington 195.595 22

24. Kentucky (24) and Iowa St. (25) 195.49

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The top two teams will advance to the NCAA Championships April 20-22 in Duluth, Ga.

"It will definitely be interesting to go up against them again," sophomore Corrie Lothrop said. "Hopefully we can find our stride and build on it heading into nationals."

The Utes have won 26 regional titles out of the 37 championships in which they have participated.

Rather than focusing on winning, the Utes are stressing the need for a complete meet without any major mistakes. Of course, if they can do that, winning just might take care of itself.

The Utes are painfully aware of how devastating a fall can be, after they lost their shot at the Pac-12 title Saturday when two gymnasts fell off the balance beam. UCLA won the meet with a 197.425, and Utah was second with a 197.375.

"That is why we have been focusing on the process rather than the outcome," Utah coach Greg Marsden said. "If we do better with the process and handling situations and not second-guessing ourselves, the outcome will take care of itself."

The Utes didn’t have a fall in their loss to the Huskers, but had a few small breaks on balance beam that gave Nebraska an opportunity to win.

"We know they are a good team," senior Kyndal Robarts said. "We have to approach it like we did the Pac-12s and try to be focused but have fun, too."


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Going up against the Huskers should give the Utes a good idea of what lies ahead for them at the NCAA Championships.

"Through the years many times it has come down to one or the other of us in prelims going forward to the Super Six," Marsden said. "Obviously we know they are a good team since they beat us on our home floor."

With almost two weeks until their next competition, the Utes will go lighter in practice this week. Marsden said the team is technically sound but continues to struggle with consistency.

"As I’ve said before, it’s different people having different problems," he said. "It’s something we’ll keep working on, but we are running out of time. We can compete with anybody if we quit beating ourselves."



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