Utes see mixed results vs. Ags
A win over an injured Utah State gymnastics team never really was in question for the No. 4 Utes Friday. More at risk was whether the Utes could handle the various changes and upgrades they worked on this week in practice.
There wasn't a clear-cut answer to the question in the Utes' 196.225-178.25 win over the Aggies in front of 12,951 at the Huntsman Center, but a "mixed bag," in the judgment of Utah coach Greg Marsden.
"Some worked well and some struggled with a little bit," Marsden said. "Obviously we have some work to do there."
Jamie Deetscreek won the all-around with a 39.2 and tied for individual honors on the uneven bars and beam.
The Utes (5-1) swept all the individual honors, a feat that wasn't much of a surprise considering the health of the Utah State team.
The Aggies (1-8) have suffered a rash of injuries and only had four healthy gymnasts to compete on floor and used five on the vault and balance beam.
Knowing the meet wasn't going to be as competitive as most of their schedule, the Utes took the opportunity to experiment with their routines and lineups.
"We felt if they weren't perfect we could get away with it and still come away with a win," Marsden said.
Some did well such as Beth Rizzo's 9.8 in her first floor routine of the year and Cortni Beers' 9.9 on the uneven bars. Others faltered with Daria Bijak missing a handstand on the bars and scoring just 9.525 and Stephanie McAllister scoring just 9.425.
Bijak also fell off beam and scored 9.15, a mistake Marsden felt was a carryover from her bars.
"We talked about hitting handstands at the end of routines and she went for it," he said of her bars. "She went over and it was a mistake, but it was a mistake from being aggressive."
Deetscreek continues to tweak her floor routine and scored a 9.7 but still must improve, Marsden said.
"We changed that routine around a few weeks ago and she has to grow into that and be comfortable with it," he said.
The Aggies never threatened the Utes but knowing their competition was far behind them didn't hurt the team's focus, senior Annie DiLuzio said.
"We keep trying to do our own goals, whether it's Georgia or Utah State," she said. "We want to fix the little things so we were pretty motivated to get better."
Next week the motivation shifts back to their competition as the Utes travel to No. 13 Michigan, a place where Utah often struggles.
"It's a tough place to compete and against a good team," Marsden said. "It's a big challenge for us but that is good, we need that."
Friday's meet was the only home meet of the month for the Utes.
"I love competing at home," DiLuzio said. "It felt good after being on the road the last two weeks and it felt weird having a full week of school. Now we're on the road again and we just have to keep challenging ourselves."
Notes » Freshman Katelyn Mohr was scheduled to lead off on floor but was replaced by Beth Rizzo. ... Utah State's score was the lowest by a Utah opponent since San Jose State scored a 176.175 on Jan. 14, 1994. ... Junior Gael Mackie didn't compete for the Utes because of a sprained ankle.
All-Around » Jamie Deetscreek (Utah) 39.2
Vault » Kyndal Robarts (Utah) 9.9
Uneven bars » Cortni Beers (Utah) and Jamie Deetscreek (Utah) 9.9
Balance beam » Annie DiLuzio (Utah) and Jamie Deetscreek (Utah) 9.825
Floor » Daria Bijak (Utah) and Annie DiLuzio (Utah) 9.95
In short » The Utes soundly beat the Aggies in their only home meet this month.
Key stat » Utah's balance beam score of 48.875
Key moment » Annie DiLuzio ends the meet with a 9.95 on floor, tying her career high.
Rotation 1 » Utah 49.125, USU 48.475
Rotation 2 » Utah 98.1, USU 94.675
Rotation 3 » Utah 146.975, USU 131.925
Final » Utah 196.225, USU 178.25
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