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Gymnastics: Utes hold of 'Cats, SUU rallies by USU

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 6:20 p.m. MDT

Utah's Mary Beth Lofgren on the beam as Utah takes on Nebraska Friday, March 9, 2012 in the Huntsman Center. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News) Utah's Mary Beth Lofgren on the beam as Utah takes on Nebraska Friday, March 9, 2012 in the Huntsman Center. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Mary Beth Lofgren's 9.90 on the balance beam as Utah's final competitor of the night helped the No. 8 Utes fend off No. 13 Arizona, 196.600-196.075, and improve to 52-0 all-time against the Wildcats. It wasn't easy, even with a .750 cushion.

But when Becky Tutka had two big breaks on the beam for a 9.575 and Georgia Dabritz took her first tumble of the year for a 9.275, the meet suddenly was in doubt. Between the two mishaps, freshman Breanna Hughes, who celebrated her 19th birthday the day before, coolly hit a 9.80. Corrie Lothrop, the all-around winner with a season-best 39.40, scored a 9.80 to keep Utah (4-1) in the lead and Lofgren sealed the win with the best score of the night on the balance beam.

"We started a little nervous and finished a little nervous, but we took another step forward tonight," said coach Greg Marsden. "We did a good job on bars and beam in that we didn't give up the big one, but our first three up on bars swung a little tight and we had two problems on the beam. Vault and floor were spectacular.

The Utes won every individual title, taking the all-around (Lothrop), vault (Tory Wilson), bars (Dabritz), beam (Lofgren) and floor (Tutka). It was the third win in as many meets for Wilson, who matched her career-high of 9.95, also scored last week. Dabritz earned a 9.875 to tie for uneven bar honors, Tutka won the floor with a career-tying 9.90 and Lofgren's 9.90 beam routine also matched her personal best.

SOUTHERN UTAH 194.075, UTAH STATE 192.875: At Logan, Southern Utah scored a season-high 48.925 on vault, its highest team score of the night, during the final rotation to take a 194.075 victory over Utah State and Division III Hamline (Minn.), which scored 181.975. SUU was behind 0.550 points going into the final rotation, but a pair of career-high vaults from sophomores Rochelle Bernier and Brittney Jensen propelled the T-Birds ahead of the Aggies, who suffered three falls on the floor exercise. Utah State's Sarah Landes won the all-around with a 39.125. SUU's Caitlin Kennedy (38.750) finished second.

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