Utah's rookie gymnastics class was recruited to fill the Utes' need for power. Suffice it to say, the freshmen have brought it.
Utah's latest class of five gymnasts helped the Utes power past Utah State 197.4-191.925 in front of 13,126 at the Huntsman Center Friday.
The final tally was the first time the Utes have reached the 197 mark since the 2009 season.
Georgia Dabritz, the budding star of the newcomers, stood out Friday as she scored a 9.95 on the uneven bars to win the event and a 9.975 to win the floor title, but she wasn't the only one who contributed to Utah's big score.
Kailah Delaney won the vault with a 9.925, Tory Wilson started Utah's big vault rotation with a 9.875, Kassandra Lopez had a 9.825 on the balance beam and Becky Tutka led off the floor rotation with a 9.875.
Utah senior Stephanie McAllister won the all-around with a 39.45.
The Aggies, who have suffered several key injuries, couldn't keep pace with the Utes with their best showing being a 48.65 on the bars, led by Amanda Watamaniuk's 9.775.
Then again, probably most teams in the country couldn't have kept pace with the Utes. Even Utah coach Greg Marsden, who often tempers expectations, admitted he might just have one of those special teams this year.
"We haven't had the potential to score a 9.9 or higher in those last two or three spots the past year, and we have that this year," he said. "Our team was good, but there was a ceiling where for us to be successful some others had to make mistakes. This year, we don't have that ceiling."
Marsden thought he might have that kind of team this year judging on their preseason workouts, but he wanted to reserve judgment until after the freshmen performed in front of a big home crowd.
Most have never competed in front of a crowd the size of Friday's, and frequently rookies have trouble calming their nerves in the atmosphere.
Clearly, this class is unlike many others in so many ways.
Instead of being intimidated, they thrived in Friday's atmosphere.
"I seriously couldn't have imagined that," Dabritz said. "You can't prepare for that, to walk out there and look up and see 13,000 people and everybody is looking at you. It was crazy."
The group admitted they were nervous in Sunday's season opener at UCLA, where a subpar uneven bars rotation put them nearly a point behind the Bruins from the start.
There was no such case of nerves Friday, with the Utes opening with a 49.4 on the vault. All of the scores that counted were 9.825 or higher thanks to a deep lineup.
Putting up such a big number on the vault is one thing, but the telling rotations were the uneven bars and balance beam.
The Utes, who scored just 48.45 on the bars at UCLA, put up a 49.375 Friday led by the 9.95 from Dabritz and a 9.9 from Corrie Lothrop. They followed that series with a 49.275 on the balance beam.