Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
U of U Sports
Matt Piper and Kyle Goon
Matt Piper and Kyle Goon cover University of Utah sports teams for The Salt Lake Tribune. Matt Piper is on twitter at @matthew_piper, Kyle Goon is on twitter at @kylegoon

» E-mail Matt Piper

» E-mail Kyle Goon

» Subscribe (RSS)

Utah's gymnastics team falls to Georgia

Utah's gymnastics team lost to Georgia 197.65-196.975 on Saturday, but found plenty of positives in the outcome as Utah hit all 24 routines in a hostile atmosphere.

What stood out to the Utes the most were solid rotations on the balance beam and uneven bars, their trouble spots this year.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

What doomed the Utes was Georgia's overall strong performance and some uncharacteristic missteps by the Utes on floor.

Utah scored a 49.225 on the event with Becky Tutka leading the way with a 9.9.

Others though had some steps, including Lia Del Priore (9.75) and Georgia Dabritz (9.775).

"What surprised me is the tenths we gave away on floor," Utah coach Greg Marsden said. "We did well on the events we've been struggling on. I thought we took a step forward there, but on floor we gave up a lot of tenths with missed landings and things like that. We have to clean that up."

Even though they lost to Georgia, the Utes may have succeeded in finding the combination it needed to help Georgia Dabritz on the balance beam.

Utah flip-flopped Dabritz and Mary Beth Lofgren in the lineup, putting Lofgren fifth and Dabritz last.

Marsden said he did so to take the pressure off Dabritz. The move worked with Lofgren winning the event with a 9.9 and Dabritz scoring a 9.775.

"We felt like we needed to do something different," Marsden said. "We knew we had five dependable gymnasts in front of her and it seemed to work. That is something we might look at sticking with."

Dabritz said she liked being the anchor. Normally it is a pressure situation, but not when the others hit, Dabritz said.

"I could just go up there and relax and do my thing," she said. "I felt a lot better about it."

- Lya Wodraska

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Utah Football Schedule
Utah Basketball Schedule
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.