Utah Red Rocks

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University of Utah
Utes gymnastics
Founded: 1976
University of UtahUtes gymnastics athletic logo

University University of Utah
Conference Pac-12
Location Salt Lake City, UT
Head Coach Greg Marsden (34 year)
Home Arena Jon M. Huntsman Center
(Capacity: 15,000)
Known As Utes or Red Rocks
Colors Red and White

             

National Championships
10
(1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995)
Super Six Appearances
28
(1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
NCAA Regional Champions
26
()
NCAA Tournament Appearances
30
(1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

The Utah Utes (also known as the "Red Rocks") women's gymnastics team represents the University of Utah and competes in the Pac-12 Conference. The Utes compete in the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. As of the end of the 2011 season, the Red Rocks have won 10 Women's Gymnastics championships and been runner-up 8 times.[1] The team is coached by Greg Marsden and his wife Megan.

History[edit]

The Utah gymnastics team first competed in 1976. The team first appeared on television in 1978 and has appeared every year since then.[1] The NCAA first sponsored women's gymnastics national championships in 1982. Utah is the only team to qualify for every national championship that has been held.[1]

Championships[edit]

Utah has won 9 NCAA championships,[2] one AIAW championship, and 26 NCAA Regional Titles.

Utah Red Rocks Team National Championships
Year National Champion Score Runner-up Score Location
1981 Utah 145.65
1982 Utah 148.60 Cal State Fullerton 144.10
1983 Utah 184.65 Arizona State 183.30
1984 Utah 186.05 UCLA 185.55
1985 Utah 188.35 Arizona State 186.6
1986 Utah 186.95 Arizona State 186.70
1990 Utah 194.900 Alabama 194.575
1992 Utah 195.650 Georgia 194.600
1994 Utah 196.400 Alabama 196.350
1995 Utah 196.650 (tie) Alabama and Michigan 196.425

Records[edit]

Georgia Dabritz at the Huntsman Center in 2013.
  • Utah gymnastics set the longest regular season home win streak of any NCAA sport at 23 years (1979–2002) and 170 meets.[1]
  • Utah has the most all-America gymnast awards of any school with 304.[1]
  • On March 28, 2008 Utah had an overflow crowd of 15,447 on hand for its win over BYU,[3] which broke its own national attendance record of 15,238, set back in 1991.[1]
  • In 2009 Utah set the NCAA single-season average attendance record of 13,861 per meet, which broke its own national single-season average attendance record of 13,164 set in 1993.[1]
  • Since the team was started in 1976 Utah is the only team to qualify for every single national championship[3]
  • In 2009 Utah had the highest average home attendance for the NCAA record 25th time.[1]
  • Utah has won a record 10 national championships[3] (tied with Georgia). Nine of them were NCAA Women's Gymnastics championships[2] and one was AIAW Women's Gymnastics championship in 1981 before the NCAA Women's Gymnastics championship existed.
  • Utah ties with Georgia for the record of the most consecutive NCAA national championships with 5 (1982–1986).[3]

Coaches[edit]

Since Utah gymnastics began in 1976 Greg Marsden has been the head coach. Coach Marsden has coached Utah for 34 straight years. He is the only collegiate gymnastics coach to amass 900 wins and earn coach-of-the-year honors seven times.[3] He has never had a team finish worse than tenth place overall.

In July 2009 Megan Marsden was named co-head coach of the Red Rocks.[4] Megan, in addition to being Greg's wife, is a former member of the squad and has been an assistant coach since 1985.[5]

Post-season history[edit]

NCAA Individual event champions[edit]

As of the end of the 2009 season, 12 different Utah gymnasts have won a total of 24 individual event championships.

Utah Red Rocks Individual NCAA Championship Titles
Gymnast Balance Beam Vault Uneven Bars Floor Exercise All-Around
Ashley Postell 2007
Kristina Baskett 2006
Theresa Kulikowski 1999, 2001 1999
Angie Leonard 1999
Summer Reid 1996, 1997
Sandy Woolsey 1994
Missy Marlowe 1991, 1992 1992 1992 1992
Kristen Kenoyer 1992
Lisa Mitzel 1985
Elaine Alfano 1982, 1983, 1985
Megan Marsden 1984 1984
Megan McCunniff 1983
Sue Stednitz 1982 1982

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