Winning the all-around on Saturday against Oregon State was nice for Georgia Dabritz, but she wasn’t as excited about the award as she was about simply being in the lineup.
Dabritz normally competes in three events because she has been inconsistent on the balance beam, but it looks as if the junior finally is getting a better handle on that event and has earned a spot in the lineup the last two weeks.
1. LSU 197.47
2. Oklahoma 197.405
3. Florida 197.365
4. Alabama 197.14
5. Utah 197.015
6. Georgia 196.975
7. Nebraska 196.63
8. Michigan 196.595
9. UCLA 196.53
10. Stanford 196.465
11. Auburn 196.335
12. Minnesota 196.155
13. Arkansas 196.13
14. Oregon St. 196.075
15. Illinois 196.065
16. Central Mich. 196.03
17. Boise St. 195.865
18. Penn St. 195.795
19. California 195.65
20. Arizona 195.615
21. Denver 195.465
22. Ohio St. 195.355
23. Kent St. 195.16
24. Kentucky 195.13
25. S. Utah 195.105
She scored a 9.675 against Stanford then earned a 9.875 in Saturday’s win.
Being in the beam lineup has been a goal for Dabritz all season.
"I’ve worked really hard to be in the all-around so that was huge for me," she said. "I wanted to nail it to prove to everybody and to myself that I could be in the beam lineup."
If Dabritz can stay in the lineup, she would be a strong contender for the NCAA all-around title. She has won 14 titles for the 23 routines in which she has competed. The top-ranked gymnasts in the all-around are averaging between 39.5 and 39.6, a number Dabritz has shown she is easily capable of earning — as long as she keeps hitting beam.
Utah coach Greg Marsden believes she will, pointing out that Dabritz has been performing her beam routine well in exhibition.
"She is in a much better place than she was last year," he said. "She had a break at Stanford, but she still hasn’t come off it."
Marsden still won’t guarantee the spot in the lineup for Dabritz, noting the Utes will continue to make the lineup based on the week’s performances.
"If she can do that beam routine again she’d be in there, but in fairness to everybody, we still have people competing for those spots."
Work in progress
The floor lineup continues to be a work in progress for the Utes as several gymnasts compete for the six slots.
Mary Beth Lofgren was the odd woman out against Oregon State even though she has scored 9.8 or higher in four of the six routines in which she has competed. Lia Del Priore led off the Utes, scoring a 9.825.
Marsden said the high level of tumbling difficulty is what is separating the top gymnasts in the lineup.
"M.B. can be depended on for a really nice start and a clean routine, but she just doesn’t have that big pass to open things up like some of the others do."
In the rankings
Tory Wilson is ranked No. 1 in the vault (9.94) and seventh in the all-around (39.445), Kailah Delaney is ranked No. 2 in the vault (9.935), Dabritz is No. 1 on the floor (9.945) and No. 2 on the uneven bars (9.93), and Nansy Damianova is No. 9 on the uneven bars (9.89),
Of note: Friday’s meet against Washington (6 p.m.) will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. … The meet is "Short People Appreciation night," with anyone under 5 feet tall getting in free.
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