Utah Ute Gymnasts Win Regionals, Off To Nationals


Apr 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Utah Utes gymnast Lia Del Priore competes in the floor exercise during semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Women

Editors Note: Sorry for this rambling piece on gymnastics.  I had a writer to cover gymnastics, but she selfishly had to put blogging here for free on the back window for graduate school and a paying job.  I did my best.

Just like spring arriving every year, so is the Utah Ute Gymnasts are heading to nationals.

There have been 33 gymnastics national championships and 33 times the Ute women have gone to the gymnastics championships.

The exciting thing this year, this group of gymnasts have the potential to put our national title drought to an end as well.

Yesterday, the Utes started slow on bar and had a bad for them score of 49.25 (out of 50 if you know nothing of gymnastics.  Early in the year, and if you’ve been reading this blog you know, beam has been a TOTAL NIGHTMARE for the Utes, historically.

But to his credit Greg Marsden changed things up and now we’re doing solid things on the beam.  That was important yesterday as a bad beam score could have put us in a mess of trouble.

Utah came out and was solid on floor and vault (thought it sounds like not awesome) and put the meet away.

Utah heads to nationals along with UCLA from the Fayetteville regional.

Hopefully the national title drought ends this year.

The 12 teams advancing to the national championships are

  1. Utah
  2. UCLA
  3. Michigan
  4. Georgia
  5. LSU
  6. Stanford
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Illinois
  9. Alabama
  10. Nebraska
  11. Florida
  12. Penn St.