The judges found a few faults in Georgia Dabritz’s routines on Saturday, but coach Greg Marsden couldn’t.
"She couldn’t have done any better," he said. "She was on tonight."
Indeed she was as Dabritz scored 9.975 on the vault, 9.95 on the uneven bars and 9.975 on the floor to win all three event titles.
The wins give Dabritz seven victories on the season.
While she thought she might earn a perfect score, Dabritz said she was OK with the results.
"I just have to work harder for it," she said.
Dabritz isn’t in the balance beam lineup because she hasn’t consistently hit the event in the past, but she is pushing her teammates for a slot.
If she makes it in, she would be a formidable contender for the all-around title.
However, Marsden said he wasn’t going to put Dabritz in the lineup just for the all-around chase.
"I would love to have her in on beam, but that is something Georgia has to resolve," he said. "She has to earn her way and she is making progress."
What was that?
Even though she was sick, UCLA’s Danusia Francis still performed on the balance beam, where she is the first gymnast to perform a sideways aerial into a full-twisting dismount off the side of the beam. Francis earned a 9.95 for the effort, continuing her streak of big scores. In her seven routines this year she has scored no lower than 9.85.
Lia Del Priore was pulled from the vault and floor lineups. Kailah Delaney went in her place on the floor and scored 9.7 and Mary Beth Lofgren replaced her on vault and scored 9.9.
Marsden said it was a "gut" decision to go with the other options.
"It’s really coming down to who is doing the best job in practice and earning their way in," he said.
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