Junior Robarts steals spotlight on senior night
Utah's four senior gymnasts -- Annie DiLuzio , Daria Bijak , Beth Rizzo and Jamie Deetscreek -- were recognized before Friday's 196.95-195.825 win over BYU. But in the end it was junior Kyndal Robarts who upstaged them as she scored a career high 39.6 to win the all-around title.
Robarts earned 9.925s on the vault and balance beam, a 9.9 on the floor and a 9.85 on the uneven bars to win the title.
"I wouldn't call it upstaging, I'd just call it having a good night," she said of her performance.
Robarts win broke Bijak's streak of being the Utes highest-placed all-around competitor for the last three meets.
Bijak said she didn't mind finishing second even though she was competing in her final regular season meet.
"We need strong all-arounders," she said.
Bijak was happy enough to have stayed on the balance beam and to compete in front of her mother, who made the trip from Germany to see her compete for the first time in person in seven years.
"I saw her during the meet waving and giving me the thumbs up," Bijak said.
Sophomore Stephanie McAllister , who tied career highs on bars (9.85) and floor (9.85) last week at Florida, didn't compete Friday after injuring her shoulder in practice when she took a bad fall off the balance beam in practice.
Utah coach Greg Marsden said the injury was a mild separation and he's hopeful she could start training again Monday.
Friday's meet marked the last time the Utes have scheduled home and away meets in the same season with the Cougars, who have never won in Salt Lake City. The Utes compete at BYU on March 11 next year and in 2012 the Cougars visit on March 23. ... The Utes will find out Monday which five teams will be sent to Salt Lake City for the NCAA Regional Championships on April 10. ... Season tickets for 2011 went on sale Friday. ... The high score for BYU on Friday was a 9.9 from Megan Donehue on the balance beam.
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