Kim delivers in clutch for Utes
Lincoln, Neb. » Utah senior Nina Kim wasn't sure what the score was or the margin between the teams Friday, all she knew is she needed to hit her beam routine -- since Kyndal Robarts fell earlier in the lineup -- to assure the Utes would beat Nebraska.
It was a lot of pressure.
Kim had a tune-up session this week with team sport psychologist Keith Henschen after she had some steps in her floor routine (9.6) at Utah State on Monday. She acknowledged she was feeling pressure as a senior to carry the team.
"He reminded me every senior goes through that, but it's not life and death," she said. "He reminded me to have fun."
Kim followed his advice Friday, despite a difficult situation, and scored a career high 9.925 on the beam to end Utah's competition Friday and to clinch the all-around title for herself.
"She told me that was all Henschen," Utah coach Greg Marsden said of her performance. "I told her she had six more weeks of the regular season and four more weeks of the postseason, so go see him 10 more times."
A look ahead
Nebraska coach Dan Kendig was pleased with his team's effort, even if he was disappointed in losing to the Utes. After starting the season with a 194.35-194.125 loss to Denver, the Huskers have been steadily improving.
"Utah is a great team," he said. "We'll continue to work hard and our goal is to be right back here in April."
Friday's loss to the Utes ended a four-meet winning streak for the Huskers.
The Utes used five gymnasts in the all-around, the most they've used in a meet this season. Kristina Baskett , Daria Bijak , Jamie Deetscreek , Nina Kim and Gael Mackie all competed in the all-around. Kim won the all-around with a 39.5, followed by Baskett (39.3) and Bijak and Deetscreek, who tied for third with 39.225s..
Nebraska's top all-arounder was Kassandra Nathe (39.175).
In exhibition, Jacquelyn Johnson scored a 9.3 on the uneven bars and Cortni Beers scored a 9.725 on the bars. Stephanie McAllister had a 9.825 on the vault a 9.8 on the beam and a 9.675 on the floor. Utah's next three meets are at home, starting with a Feb. 20 meet against No. 16 Michigan.