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Utah gymnastics: Utes ready for the final push
NCAA championships » Utes feel mentally and physically prepared to compete for title.


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"We know we can finish well on vault and floor," Lofgren said. "Starting on bars and beam, we are used to that so we are thrilled."

The Utes haven’t won a national title since 1995. Whether the Utes can break the drought this year or not is something the gymnasts say they aren’t dwelling on now. To a certain extent, the way they’ve changed the team’s attitude after last year’s debacle already makes them feel like a winner.

At a glance

NCAA gymnastics championships

P Friday-Sunday

Birmingham (Ala.) Jefferson Convention Complex

Coverage » ESPN3; utahutes.com

Friday, noon MDT » Georgia, Stanford, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan, Illinois

Friday, 6 p.m. MDT » Utah, Alabama, Florida, UCLA, Nebraska, Penn State

Saturday, 5 p.m. MDT » Super Six

Sunday, 1 p.m. MT » Individual finals

Session II team breakdowns

Florida

Final season ranking » 1

Season high » 198.325

Coach » Rhonda Faehn (12th year)

Top all-arounder » Alaina Johnson (39.825) and Bridget Sloan (39.825)

Of note » Won its first gymnastics national title last season

Alabama

Final season ranking » 4

Season high » 198.25

Coach » Sarah and David Patterson (36th year)

Top all-arounder » Kim Jacob (39.625)

Of note » Won the SEC title in the same building a few weeks ago

Utah

Final season ranking » 5

Season high » 198.025

Coach » Greg and Megan Marsden (39th year)

Top all-arounder » Tory Wilson (39.6)

Of note » Became the first team from Utah to win a Pac-12 title

UCLA

Final season ranking » 8

Season high » 197.5

Coach » Valorie Kondos Field (24th year)

Top all-arounder » Samantha Peszek (39.7)

Of note » Is 1-3 against Utah this season with the lone win coming at a tri-meet at Michigan

Nebraska

Final season ranking » 9

Season high » 197.225

Coach » Dan Kendig (21st year)

Top all-arounder » Emily Wong (39.65)

Of note » Failed to make Super Six in 2013; highest finish was fourth in 2011

Penn State

Final ranking » 15

Season high » 197.2

Coach » Jeff Thompson (4th year)

Top all-arounder » Krystal Welsh (39.5)

Of note » Upset No. 12 Oregon State at regionals to advance to the NCAAs

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"We have worked so hard this season, we know we are up there," Kailah Delaney said. "Now it’s time to show everyone what we can do."

lwodraska@sltrib.com

Twitter: @lyawodraska




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