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Gymnastics: U. alters lineup, but Baskett still leads way in win

Published February 9, 2009 9:25 pm

Constant » As many Utes rest, the senior wins the all-around.
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Utah's gymnastics team made a lot of changes to its lineup Monday so several gymnasts could rest. But there was one constant for the top-ranked Utes, another outstanding performance by senior Kristina Baskett.

Baskett won the all-around (39.675) and led the Utes to a 196.950-193.500 win over the Aggies in the Spectrum. Baskett was threatening her career best of 39.7 with 9.95s on the vault and uneven bars, then took a step on one of her floor passes and scored a 9.875.

The mistake didn't carry over to her balance beam routine, where she finished her competition with a 9.9. All of her scores except the one on floor either tied or set season highs.

She was one of the few gymnasts who competed in her usual spots in the lineup as several were held out so they could rest for Friday's meet at No.12 Nebraska. Regular all-around competitor Nina Kim (sore knee) didn't vault, Daria Bijak (sore knees) only competed on the bars and beam, and Annie DiLuzio (sore foot) only competed on the vault.

Their absences made room for others to prove themselves, and they took advantage of it, as the Utes earned their second-highest score of the season even without some of their best gymnasts in lineups.

Sophomore Jacquelyn Johnson competed for the first time in her career, earning a 9.775 on the floor, and Jamie Deetscreek earned a career high on the bars (9.925) and a career high (39.5) in the all-around.

Sophomore Gael Mackie competed in the all-around for the first time in her career (39.125).

Their efforts made Baskett as happy as her own.

"For them to have a part in us getting one of our highest scores is so cool," Baskett said. "They've been working hard too, and for them to know they are in the mix for us is awesome."

Utah State's score was its second-best of the season. Heather Heinrich had a 38.35 in the all-around for the Aggies.

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Utah 196.950, Utah State 193.500

In Brief » The Utes continue their dominance over the Aggies, winning their 17th straight in the rivalry.

Key moment » Kristina Baskett finishes with a 9.9 on the beam to win or tie for all the individual awards.

Key stat » The Utes score a season high 49.35 on the beam.

Individual winners

Vault » Kristina Baskett (Utah) 9.95

Uneven bars » Kristina Baskett (Utah) 9.95

Balance beam » Kristina Baskett (Utah) and Nina Kim (Utah) 9.9

Floor » Kristina Baskett (Utah) and Jamie Deetscreek (Utah) 9.875

All-Around » Kristina Baskett (Utah) 39.675