Utah Red Rocks

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Utah Red Rocks
Utah gymnastics meet.jpg
Founded1976
UniversityUniversity of Utah
Head coachTom Farden (2nd season)
ConferencePac-12
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
Home arenaJon M. Huntsman Center (Capacity: 15,000)
NicknameRed Rocks, Utes
ColorsRed and White[1]
         
National championships
10
(1981*,1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995)
(*AIAW National Championship)
Super Six appearances
32
(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, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018)
NCAA Regional championships
30
NCAA Tournament appearances
37
(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, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Conference championships
3
(Pac-12 Conference: 2014, 2015, 2017)

The Utah Utes women's gymnastics team, also known as the Red Rocks, represents the University of Utah and competes at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Pac-12 Conference. Home meets are held in the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. As of the end of the 2016 season, the Red Rocks have won 10 national championships, including nine NCAA Gymnastics championships, and been runner-up nine times. The Red Rocks are the only team to have qualified for every NCAA Championships and have never finished lower than 10th.[2] The team was coached from its inception by Greg Marsden until his retirement after the 2015 season. Tom Farden is the current head coach, after the retirement of Megan Marsden in 2019.[3]

History[edit]

The Utah Utes gymnastics team first competed in 1976. The team first appeared on television in 1978 and has appeared every year since then.[2] 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.[2]

Roster[edit]

2019 Roster
Name Height Year Hometown Club Previous School
Alexia Burch 5-2 SO Sparks, NV Flips USA Gymnastics
Hunter Dula 5-2 FR Orem, UT All-American
Cammy Hall 5-3 FR Gainesville, VA Capital
Cristal Isa 5-3 FR Henderson, NV Gymcats
Kari Lee 5-1 R-SR Peoria, AZ Flames Gymnastics Academy
Shannon McNatt 5-3 SR Houston, TX Stars Gymnastics
MaKenna Merrell-Giles 5-4 SR Pleasant Grove, UT All-American Gymnastics
Adrienne Randall 5-3 FR Corona, CA SCEGA
Missy Reinstadtler 5-4 JR Brick, NJ North Stars
Macey Roberts 5-2 SR McDonald, TN Gymnastics Center of Chattanooga Maryland
MyKayla Skinner 5-0 JR Gilbert, AZ Desert Lights Gymnastics
Sydney Soloski 5-0 SO Calgary, AB Calgary Gymnastics Centre
Kim Tessen 5-1 JR Orem, UT All-American Gymnastics
Lauren Wong 5-4 SO Salt Lake City, UT USA Gymnastics World

National records[edit]

Georgia Dabritz at the Huntsman Center in 2013.
  • Utah has won a record 10 national championships[4] (tied with Georgia). Nine of them were NCAA Women's Gymnastics championships and one was an AIAW Women's Gymnastics championship in 1981 before the NCAA adopted women's gymnastics.
  • Utah ties with Georgia for the record of the most consecutive NCAA national championships with 5 (1982–1986).[4]
  • Utah has qualified for every national championship since its creation in 1976, the only team to do so.

Utah qualified for every AIAW championship between 1976 and 1981. After gymnastics was adopted by the NCAA in 1982, Utah is the only team to have qualified for every NCAA national championship.[4]

  • Utah has the most all-America gymnast awards of any school with 351.[2]
  • Utah gymnastics set the longest regular season home win streak of any NCAA sport at 23 years (1979–2002) and 170 meets.[2]
  • Utah has led the nation in gymnastics attendance 33 times and has won seven all-women's sports attendance titles.[2]
  • On March 6, 2015, Utah had an overflow crowd of 16,019 on hand for its win over Michigan, setting the NCAA gymnastics record for largest crowd in a single meet.[5]
  • In the 2017 season, Utah averaged a record 15,244 fans per meet, breaking the previous NCAA gymnastics attendance record, set by Utah in 2015.[6]

Coaches[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Years Record
Greg Marsden 1976 - 2015 1048-208-8
Megan Marsden 2000–2019 151-54-3
Tom Farden 2016–present 19-7-1

Greg Marsden was hired in 1976 to begin the gymnastics program. Marsden coached Utah for 40 straight years. He is the only collegiate gymnastics coach to amass 1,000 wins and earn Coach of the Year honors seven times.[4] 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.[7] Megan, in addition to being Greg's wife, is a former member of the squad and has been an assistant coach since 1985.[8]

After the 2015 season, Greg retired and his wife Megan and assistant coach Tom Farden were named co-head coaches.[9] On 22 April 2019, Megan Marsden announced her retirement, and it was confirmed that current co-head coach Tom Farden would continue as the sole head coach.[3]

Coaches for the 2019-2020 season[edit]

Name Position
Tom Farden Head coach
Carly Dockendorf Assistant coach
Garrett Griffeth Assistant coach
Courtney McCool Griffeth Volunteer assistant coach

Post-season history[edit]

NCAA Champions[edit]

As of the end of the 2017 season, 14 different Utah gymnasts have won a total of 26 individual event championships.

Event Winner/Year
Team 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995
All Around Sue Stednitz 1982; Megan Marsden 1983, 1984; Melissa Marlowe 1992; Theresa Kulikowski 1999
Vault Elaine Alfano 1982, 1983, 1985; Megan Marsden 1984; Kristen Kenoyer 1992; MyKayla Skinner 2018
Uneven Bars Melissa Marlowe 1992; Sandy Woolsey 1992; Angie Leonard 1999; Kristina Baskett 2006; Georgia Dabritz 2015
Balance Beam Sue Stednitz 1982; Melissa Marlowe 1991, 1992; Summer Reid 1996, 1997; Theresa Kulikowski 1999, 2001; Ashley Postell 2007
Floor Exercise Lisa Mitzel, 1985; Melissa Marlowe, 1992; MyKayla Skinner, 2017

Team records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visual Style | University of Utah Marketing & Communications". Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "University of Utah Gymnastics - A Tradition of Success". University of Utah Athletics. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  3. ^ a b Wood, Trent (2019-04-22). "Longtime Utah gymnastics coach Megan Marsden retires after 35 years". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  4. ^ a b c d "College Chat: Utah's Greg Marsden". Inside Gymnastics Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  5. ^ "Record Crowd of 16,019 Sees No. 4 Ute Gymnasts Beat No. 5 Michigan". Utah Utes. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  6. ^ "No. 5 Gymnasts to Compete at No. 7 Georgia". Utah Utes. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  7. ^ Lya Wodraska. "Megan Marsden named co-head gym coach of Utes". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  8. ^ Lya Wodraska. "Utah gymnastics: Marsden has new, old role". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  9. ^ "Greg Marsden Announces Retirement after 40 Years as Utah Gymnastics Coach". Utah Utes. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  10. ^ a b c "Records and Awards". Utah Gymnastics. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  11. ^ "Team: Utah". Road to Nationals. Retrieved 2017-03-23.

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