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Utah gymnast Dabritz is enjoying a remarkable season

Finishing a story today on Utah gymnast Georgia Dabritz and her floor routine, specifically the triple twist she uses as her last pass.

Dabritz is one of the few gymnasts who dares to use the element because it is so difficult. What makes her stand out is her ability to compete the move with such ease, as witnessed in her routine at Michigan last week which earned her a 10.0.

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More on the move later, for now I thought it appropriate to highlight Dabritz for having one of the most dominating seasons an athlete at Utah has ever had.

Dabritz, who was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for the fifth time this year, is ranked No. 1 in the nation on the uneven bars and floor and 16th in the vault. She leads the team with 17 wins, is 29-for-29 in made routines and has won eight of the nine uneven bars titles.

The only thing that is holding her back is a minor hip injury that has prevented her from competing on the balance beam the last two meets. If it heals well enough for her to compete on the apparatus, Dabritz will be a threat for all-around titles when the post-season begins next week with the Pac-12 Championships.

As it stands now, she arguably has had the most successful season of any Utah gymnast in recent memory.

The only other performances that comes close in my mind was Ashley Postell's run in 2008 when she set a school record with 47 wins, including 11 all-around titles, and hit 58-of-60 routines. She was named the Outstanding Senior Gymnast of the Year for her efforts. Kristina Baskett's 2009 season was also remarkable as she won 35 titles and hit 57-of-59 routines.

If Dabritz can put together a successful post-season run, she will be right in the mix for possibly having the best year ever at Utah.

- Lya Wodraska



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