Berkeley, Calif. • Strong performances on the balance beam in Friday’s practice for the Pac-12 Championships have forced Utah’s coaches to delay deciding on the Utes’ balance beam lineup until Saturday.
Utah coach Greg Marsden said he will wait to see how Georgia Dabritz, Breanna Hughes and Becky Tutka warm up before deciding who will compete in the Pac-12 Championships, which start at 2 p.m.
Pac-12 gymnastics championships
At Berkeley, Calif.When » Saturday
Session 1 » Utah, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, 2 p.m. MDT
Session 2 » Cal, Arizona, ASU, Washington, 7:30 p.m. MDT
TV » Pac-12 Network
Live stats: www.CalBears.com
Hughes competed on the beam in Utah’s last meet, scoring 9.875, and Tutka competed at Michigan, scoring 9.75.
Dabritz hasn’t competed on the event since Feb. 22 due to a hip strain, but is healthy now and could be an option Saturday.
"It’s going to be a tough call," Marsden said. "We’ll just have to wait and get a feel for who should go based on warmups."
If Dabritz competes, she could be a threat to the all-around title since she is ranked in the Top 20 on the other three events.
"There are advantages and disadvantages to all of them," Marsden said.
Comfort in familiarity
The Utes feel grateful that they were able to compete at Cal earlier in the season,when they beat the Bears 196.875-196.275.
Knowing the arena layout and sight lines will help them Saturday.
"You know where to look, how the floor feels and things like that," Tutka said. "It makes a big difference."
That familiarity may have helped the Utes have an especially strong practice Friday as the team was relaxed, Marsden said.
"We couldn’t have asked for much better," Marsden said. "Their demeanor and everything was great. They were very deliberate but they didn’t have that frantic look."
The Utes feared the worse when Kailah Delaney’s knee was inflamed earlier this week, but the sophomore has responded well to treatment and is ready to go for Saturday’s meet when she will compete on the vault and balance beam.
"It hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be and it has gotten better every day," Delaney said.
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