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Dabritz returns to beam lineup in Utes' loss

Published February 17, 2014 8:18 pm

Utah gymnastics notes • Junior is frustrated by team's performance on apparatus.
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Stanford • By now Georgia Dabritz is accustomed to winning individual titles, so her event wins on the bars (9.925) and floor (9.975) Monday at Stanford weren't a big deal to her.

What she really wanted was a better balance beam performance and the team win. She and the Utes came up short, losing to Stanford 197-196.3, putting a damper on her otherwise standout showing.

"It's sad the negative overshadows the positive, but that is how it is," Dabritz said. "Beam has always been frustrating and we just have to work harder on it."

Dabritz scored a 9.675 on the beam in her first routine this year. While it wasn't enough to help the Utes overcome two falls off the apparatus, it was enough for her to tie teammate Tory Wilson for second in the all-around.

Both scored 39.425. Stanford's Kristina Vaculik, who posted a 39.475, won the all-around title.

Monday's effort was the second meet in a row Dabritz has earned a 9.975 on the floor, and she remains undefeated on the uneven bars, but she was still visibly disappointed at the team result.

"Everything was the same like we do in practice. It's just frustrating," she said.

Dabritz leads the team with 13 wins out of the 19 events in which she has competed.

Ad-libbed routine

Senior Hailee Hansen, one of Utah's most reliable gymnasts on the uneven bars, had to get creative in the middle of her routine as she missed a move, causing her to ad-lib. Hansen still managed to score a 9.775. Her score was dropped since it was the lowest of the rotation, but the situation was obviously amusing as she left the apparatus laughing.

Technical difficulties

Stanford had problems with its sound system the whole meet, with minor skips and glitches throughout the floor music. None had it worse, though, than Utah freshman Baely Rowe, who was competing in exhibition.

The music went out halfway through her routine, forcing her to finish in silence. Stanford's crowd did its best to help her along, clapping out a beat.

Of note

The Utes have a short week ahead of them as they host No. 11 Oregon State on Saturday. The meet will be televised live at 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. … Breanna Hughes tied her season high on the uneven bars with a 9.85 and Kailah Delaney tied her career high on vault with a 9.95. … Becky Tutka didn't compete on the floor due to a sore Achilles tendon.