Utah Red Rocks

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Utah Utes gymnastics
Utah gymnastics meet.jpg
Founded 1976
University University of Utah
Conference Pac-12
Location Salt Lake City, Utah
Head coach Megan Marsden & Tom Farden (1 year)
Home arena Jon M. Huntsman Center (Capacity: 15,000)
Nickname Utah Utes
Colors Red and White[1]
         
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 sometimes 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 2015 season, the Red Rocks have won 10 Women's Gymnastics championships and been runner-up 8 times.[2] The Red Rocks have qualified to every NCAA Championships and has never finished lower than 9th. The team was coached from its inception by Greg Marsden until his retirement after the 2015 season. Megan Marsden and Tom Farden are the current coaches.

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]

2015-16 Roster[3]
Name Height Year Hometown Club
Kailah Delaney 5-5 SR Yorba Linda, CA Kips Gymnastics
Breanna Hughes 5-4 SR Champlin, MN Twin City Twisters
Haley Lange 5-2 SR Bellevue, WA Auburn Gymnastics Center
Kari Lee 5-1 SO Peoria, AZ Flames Gymnastics Academy
Tiffani Lewis 5-4 SO Las Vegas, NV Brown's Gymnastics
Kassandra Lopez 5-1 SR Tucson, AZ Tumbleweeds Gymnastics
Shannon McNatt 5-3 FR Houston, TX Stars Gymnastics
MaKenna Merrell 5-4 FR Pleasant Grove, UT All-American Gymnastics
Erika Muhaw 5-1 FR Montville, NJ North Stars
Samantha Partyka 5-4 SO Katy, TX Champion Gymnastics Academy
Baely Rowe 5-3 JR Federal Way, WA Auburn Gymnastics Center
Sabrina Schwab 5-3 FR Lucas, TX WOGA
Maddy Stover 5-1 SO Fullerton, CA Wildfire Gymnastics
  • Co-Head Coach: Megan Marsden
  • Co-Head Coach: Tom Farden
  • Assistant Coach: Meredith Paulicivic

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.[2]
  • Utah has the most all-America gymnast awards of any school with 304.[2]
  • On March 28, 2008 Utah had an overflow crowd of 15,447 on hand for its win over BYU,[4] which broke its own national attendance record of 15,238, set back in 1991.[2]
  • 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.[2]
  • Since the team was started in 1976 Utah is the only team to qualify for every single national championship[4]
  • In 2009 Utah had the highest average home attendance for the NCAA record 25th time.[2]
  • 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]
  • On March 6, 2015 the attendance was recorded at 16,019 for their meet against Michigan.

Coaches[edit]

Greg Marsden was hired in 1976 to begin the gymnastics program. Marsden 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.[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.[5] Megan, in addition to being Greg's wife, is a former member of the squad and has been an assistant coach since 1985.[6]

After the 2015 season, Greg retired and his wife Megan and assistant coach Tom Farden were named co-head coaches.

Post-season history[edit]

NCAA Champions[edit]

As of the end of the 2015 season, 13 different Utah gymnasts have won a total of 25 individual event championships.

Event Winner/Year
Team 1981, 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
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, 2985; Melissa Marlowe, 1992

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visual Style – University Marketing & Communications". University of Utah. 2015-03-15. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "UTAH GYMNASTICS TRADITION OF SUCCESS". University of Utah. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Official Women's Gymnastics Roster". Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "College Chat: Utah's Greg Marsden". Inside Gymnastics Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Lya Wodraska. "Megan Marsden named co-head gym coach of Utes". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  6. ^ Lya Wodraska. "Utah gymnastics: Marsden has new, old role". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 

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