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"We had a very mature, senior-oriented team," Marsden said. "We thought we had everything we needed to make a run at it."
Physically, the Utes must replace eight of their 24 routines performed at the NCAAs with Hansen, Nansy Damianova, Mary Beth Lofgren and Lia Del Priore all graduating.
Utes’ season in review
Biggest win » The Utes scored a 49.275 on the balance beam to win their first Pac-12 title.
Biggest loss » Hops on vault landings left the Utes with a 49.3, two-tenths below their average, to leave the Utes short of the Super Six.
Key losses » Nansy Damianova had an outstanding year, particularly on floor, where she won the Pac-12 title. Mary Beth Lofgren was one of Utah’s best on the balance beam.
2014 » 7th
2013 » 9th
2012 » 5th
2011 » 5th
2010 » 6th
But the Utes could be even stronger next year.
Corrie Lothrop, who was given an extra year after tearing her Achilles tendon early in 2013, has recovered well and is projected to compete in the all-around next season.
The Utes will also get Kassandra Lopez back after she tore her Achilles tendon this year, when she was expected to be one of Utah’s top all-arounders.
The Utes will also bring in four signees, Samantha Partyka, Maddy Stover, Kari Lee and Tiffani Lewis. All four were junior Olympic qualifiers.
"I’m always a little leery about bragging too much about freshmen," Marsden said. "You like to see them make that transition first, but hopefully they will be able to help us out."
Utes look ahead
Key returnees » Corrie Lothrop competed only on the beam and uneven bars this year while recovering from her torn Achilles, but it is anticipated she will be a candidate for the vault and floor lineup next season.
Key signee » Samantha Partyka is a three-time junior Olympic national champ known for routines with a high level of difficulty.
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