U.'s Deetscreek rebounds with good meet
Provo » Utah senior Jamie Deetscreek followed the worst meet of her collegiate career with one of her best.
Deetscreek scored a 39.225 in the all-around and had a crucial 9.925 on the balance beam to help the No. 9 Utes beat BYU 195.925-194.375 Friday in the Marriott Center in front of 3,068.
Deetscreek was pulled from last week's 195.725-195.1 loss at Michigan after she scored an 8.05 on the uneven bars.
"It was good to hit again and get back to work," Deetscreek said.
While she knew it was important for her to hit her beam routine after teammate Annie DiLuzio fell, Deetscreek said she didn't know the Utes were in danger of losing the meet.
"For me that's a good thing," she said. "It's better if I don't get distracted and look at the scores."
Deetscreek was one of the few who competed the balance beam like the team needed to do so said Utah coach Greg Marsden .
"The others were affected by what happened before them," he said. "That was a little bit discouraging because that wasn't happening earlier in the season."
Utah freshman Meg Whitney made the most of her chance to show off her skills Friday.
Whitney scored a 9.85 on the vault and a 9.625 on the floor in her collegiate debut.
Whitney, a 2008 Junior Olympic National Team member from Arizona, was tentatively scheduled to debut on the balance beam and floor in the season opener against UCLA, but suffered an ankle injury which kept her out of the competition.
She has been waiting for an opportunity ever since then.
Whitney's score on the floor didn't count but it was enough to give Marsden some confidence in her.
"She has a great floor routine and as she gets more confidence in it and competes like she practices in the gym, she has the potential to score very well for us," he said.
BYU coach Brad Cattermole liked what he saw in his team despite the loss. Last week the Cougars beat the Utah State Aggies 195.3-190.725, giving the Cougars their highest mark since the 2008 season.
"We're moving in the right direction," he said.
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