Athens, Ga. • Several Utes had moments in their 195.9-195.8 win over Georgia Saturday in which they had a big bobble and could easily have fallen.
Instead they fought to stay on the equipment. While their scores might not have been ideal, the difference between a couple tenths for a major wobble and five-tenths for a fall was the difference in the meet.
The most pivotal moment came when freshman Corrie Lothrop nearly fell on floor after teammate Kyndal Robarts fell and earned an 8.875.
That score was dropped when Lothrop held on for a 9.6.
"Obviously our last two people put us in a bit of a hole, but I give Corrie credit for the way she hung in there and didn't give that last pass away," Utah coach Greg Marsden said. "We talked about that going into the meet and doing a better job of fighting through routines. You never know it's over until it's over and I can't be more proud of the way this team competed in a tough environment."
Robarts scored a 9.95 on the vault to win her second vault title in a row.
Vault has been one of the senior's strongest events throughout her career with Saturday's score being Robarts' seventh vault of 9.925 or higher.
Robarts scored a 9.925 in the season opener against UCLA.
While she was happy with the vault, Robarts admitted she was disappointed in her mistake on floor.
"I'm glad I have good teammates to keep the score up high," she said.
If her first two appearances of the season are an indication of what is to come, Robarts could challenge for the NCAA vault title.
However, Robarts doesn't have a second vault which could hurt her if she makes the vault finals at the NCAAs.
"We are going to have to work on that," Marsden said of getting a second vault. "That was two weeks in a row where she stuck it. I thought tonight's was a bit better than last week's. She had better amplitude."
Switch to start
Freshman Lia Del Priore was a last-minute switch on vault for the Utes as she led off the event instead of senior Jacquelyn Johnson. Del Priore scored a 9.675 on the event in her first college career.
She competed on exhibition on the event a week ago and earned the same score.
Marsden said he switched the lineup based on warm-ups.
"It was a gut call and I still don't know if it was the right call," he said. "Lia had a great week of workouts and her warmup was good. "It's going to be a close call all year between she, Jac and [Victoria]Shanley for that spot. Those three are going to be vying for it all year."