Utah Red Rocks

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Utah Red Rocks
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UniversityUniversity of Utah
Head coachTom Farden (6th season)
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
Home arenaJon M. Huntsman Center (Capacity: 15,000)
NicknameRed Rocks, Utes
ColorsRed and white[1]
National championships
(1981*,1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995)
(*AIAW National Championship)
Four on the Floor appearances
Super Six appearances
(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
NCAA Tournament appearances
(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, 2019)
Conference championships
(Pac-12 Conference: 2014, 2015, 2017, *2020 , 2021)
*denotes Regular Season Champion

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]


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]

Pac-12 Conference[]

The University of Utah became a member of the newly-expanded Pac-12 Conference in 2011, and the Red Rocks became one of eight teams in the conference to compete in women's gymnastics. Utah has taken the Pac-12 Championships four three times since joining the conference, winning in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2021. The Red Rocks won the inaugural Regular Season Pac-12 Championship in the 2020 season by going undefeated in conference play; the 2020 season is the first time each of the eight Pac-12 teams competed against every other team in the conference.[4]

Utah gymnasts have won the individual all-around title at the Pac-12 Championship seven times:

Year Gymnast Score[5]
2012 Corrie Lothrop 39.625
2014 Tory Wilson 39.450
2015 Georgia Dabritz 39.775
2016 Breanna Hughes 39.550
2017 MyKayla Skinner 39.725
2018 MyKayla Skinner (tie) 39.675
2021 Maile O'Keefe 39.700


The nickname "Red Rocks" has its origins in the Utah Gymnastics 1992 media guide cover photo.[6][7] At the time, all Utah women's sports teams used the moniker "Lady Utes". The name is a combination of "how rock solid they are, but also the red rock of southern Utah.” [7] The 1992 team won the NCAA championship, with the name sticking.[8]


2021–22 Roster
Name Height Year Hometown Club
Alexia Burch 5-2 SR+ Sparks, NV Flips USA Gymnastics
Kara Eaker 5-2 FR Grain Valley, MO GAGE
Jaylene Gilstrap 5-4 SO McKinney, TX Metroplex
Cammy Hall 5-3 SR Gainesville, VA Capital
Jillian Hoffman 5-1 JR Murrieta, CA SCEGA Gymnastics
Cristal Isa 5-3 SR Henderson, NV Gymcats
Grace McCallum 5-3 FR Isanti, MN Twin City Twisters
Amelie Morgan 5-6 FR Bristol, England The Academy
Maile O'Keefe 5-2 JR Las Vegas, NV Salcianu Elite
Abby Paulson 5-3 JR Anoka MN Twin City Twisters
Adrienne Randall 5-3 SR Corona, CA SCEGA
Jaedyn Rucker 5-3 JR Mesa, AZ Desert Devils Gymnastics
Alani Sabado 5-2 SO Temecula, CA SCEGA Gymnastics
Sydney Soloski 5-0 SR+ Calgary, AB Calgary Gymnastics Centre
Lucy Stanhope 5-4 SO Warrington, England City of Liverpool
Sage Thompson 5-4 FR Lehi, UT

National records[]

Georgia Dabritz at the Huntsman Center in 2013.
  • Utah has won a record 10 national championships[9] (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).[9]
  • 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.[9]
  • Utah has the most All-American gymnast awards of any school with 373.[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 35 times and has won nine 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.[10]
  • 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. Since 2010, Utah has averaged more than 14,500 fans a meet.[11]


Head coaches[]

Name Years Record
Greg Marsden 1976 - 2015 1048-208-8
Megan Marsden 2000–2019 151-54-3
Tom Farden 2016–present 101-33-1

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.[9] 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.[12] Megan, in addition to being Greg's wife, is a former member of the squad and has been an assistant coach since 1985.[13]

After the 2015 season, Greg retired and his wife Megan and assistant coach Tom Farden were named co-head coaches.[14] 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[]

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

Post-season history[]

NCAA Champions[]

As of the end of the 2021 season, 15 different Utah gymnasts have won a total of 29 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; Maile O'Keefe 2021
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; Maile O'Keefe 2021

Team records[]


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  6. ^ 1992 Utah gymnastics media guide. University of Utah, Athletics Department 1992
  7. ^ a b Miller, Ryan - Gymnastics notes: the origin of the nickname “Red Rocks”. The Daily Utah Chronicle, Feb 23, 2015, Notes: The article incorrectly states 1993.
  8. ^ Hamilton, Linda - ROCKS' HELD TOGETHER LIKE GRANITE DURING TOUGH SEASON. Deseret News, May 1, 1992
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  10. ^ "Record Crowd of 16,019 Sees No. 4 Ute Gymnasts Beat No. 5 Michigan". Utah Utes. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  11. ^ "No. 5 Gymnasts to Compete at No. 7 Georgia". Utah Utes. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  12. ^ Lya Wodraska. "Megan Marsden named co-head gym coach of Utes". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  13. ^ Lya Wodraska. "Utah gymnastics: Marsden has new, old role". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  14. ^ "Greg Marsden Announces Retirement after 40 Years as Utah Gymnastics Coach". Utah Utes. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  15. ^ a b c "Records and Awards". Utah Gymnastics. Retrieved 2017-03-23.

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