When Kyndal Robarts went down with a knee injury last year, Stephanie McAllister stepped up as the team leader for Utah's gymnastics team.
She hasn't stopped leading since then.
McAllister won the all-around in Friday's win over Utah State by posting a 39.45, a total that included a 9.9 on the floor.
McAllister played off her own performance, crediting the team's relaxed demeanor going into the meet for her success.
"We were all having fun and we're just enjoying this team," she said.
However, Utah coach Greg Marsden gave McAllister more credit.
"She was remarkable last year and she really blossomed and gained a lot of confidence," he said. "She has picked up where she left off last year and is even better."
Switching things up
Robarts performed on the uneven bars for the first time since 2010 as she replaced Mary Beth Lofgren in the leadoff position. Robarts delivered a 9.825.
"In the past, she has led us off on that event and she did a good job, and that is where we struggled at UCLA," Marsden said. "I decided to go with two seniors first and second on bars with the idea that experience would probably do a good job and get us started and let it snowball."
It seems Marsden made the right call, with Cortni Beers following Robarts with a 9.8 and the Utes building from there to earn a 49.375.
Freshman Georgia Dabritz made her biggest improvement from a week ago on the uneven bars. She scored just 9.35 on the bars at UCLA and rebounded with a 9.95 Friday.
The Utes have a bye this week but will keep a normal training schedule since it is so early in the season. The Utes' next home meet is Jan. 27 against BYU.
"We're going to focus on the little things,"Marsden said. "We don't want to overdo it and we really want to work on precision, not numbers. Hopefully we can keep the numbers down and make everything count."