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Utah gymnastics: Dabritz's 10.0 on bars caps stunning night for Utes

Published March 16, 2013 8:43 pm

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Utah's gymnasts talked a lot about feeling confident and relaxed in Saturday's meet against Florida, but no one was more in her zone than Georgia Dabritz.

Dabritz tied Florida's Bridget Sloan for the all-around title with a 39.7 and earned her first 10.0, doing so on the uneven bars.

She also had a 9.925 on the vault and a 9.8 on the balance beam.

Getting a perfect score was the ultimate feeling, she said.

"I was trying to hold it all in because I knew I had to go to beam," she said. "But I was soaking it all in."

After finishing beam with a solid score, Dabritz wrapped up the meet with a 9.975 on the floor. She anchored the floor rotation instead of Becky Tutka because she has a new floor pass and wanted the flexibility of deciding whether to use it depending on the situation.

She stuck with her familiar pass, a pike full-in, but will continue to work her double Arabian, Utah coach Greg Marsden said.

"Working the double Arabian has seemed to make the full-in better," he said. "She can go with whichever one is clicking, but that she has two 'E' passes to choose from is pretty remarkable."

A near-perfect ending

Utah's Tory Wilson closed out the regular season with a 9.975 on the vault, a mark that tied her second-highest score of the season and maintained her winning streak on the event.

Florida's Kytra Hunter tied Wilson for the win.

Wilson scored a 10.0 against Cal on Feb. 9 and has won or tied for the vault title in every meet.

The Utes don't keep records on single event wins, so it is unknown if any other gymnast has matched the feat of winning every meet.

Attendance champs

Utah averaged 14,349 fans this season, making it the attendance leader for all NCAA women's sports. Utah also led the nation in attendance in 2010 and 2011. Utah's gymnastics team is the first sport other than basketball to capture the title.

Tennessee won the title last year as its women's basketball program averaged 14,414 in Pat Summitt's last year as coach. The Utes averaged 14,352.

Dunn honored

Reggie Dunn, who returned five kickoffs of 100 yards for Utah, was honored with the 2012 National Kickoff Returner Trophy by the College Football Performance Awards during the meet.

Dunn finished the year with 10 returns for 513 yards and four touchdowns.