Georgia Dabritz scored a 9.975 on floor in her Huntsman Center debut.
Jan. 13, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY
Utah coach Greg Marsden was looking for the ceiling in the Huntsman Center after his No. 5 Utes drilled Utah State 197.400-191.925 before a crowd of 13,126. He couldn't see one.
"Last year there was a ceiling," said Marsden. "We could only be so good and then we needed others to make mistakes. This team has the potential for big scores at the end of the lineup. There is no ceiling for this team."
It was Utah's first venture into 197.000 territory since the 2009 Utes scored a 197.425 in a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
While the meet was never in doubt, the all-around competition was until the end, when senior Stephanie McAllister's 9.90 pushed her past sophomore Corrie Lothrop, 39.450-39.300. Senior Kyndal Robarts was leading the competition after three events before falling on floor--Utah's only fall of the night.
Freshmen played a huge role as well with Kailah Delaney winning vault (9.925) and Georgia Dabritz captivating the crowd with wins on bars (9.95) and floor (9.975). Robarts was Utah's other winner, scoring a 9.90 on beam.
Said McAllister, "Unlike our meet at UCLA last week, we started off relaxed and each event got more and more fun. By floor, we just wanted to show off."
Marsden took notice, "We were very good on every event, but there is no question that this is the strongest floor team we've had in a long, long time."
The first event was Utah's highest scoring for the second week and Delaney won the first title in her young career with a 9.925. Robarts scored a 9.90, freshman Tory Wilson started the set with a 9.875 and freshman Dabritz finished with the same score. After one rotation, Utah led 49.40-48.65.
What a difference a week made on the uneven bars. Memories of Utah's struggles a week ago at UCLA disappeared in a flurry of crisp, high flying routines. Dabritz, who fell at UCLA, unleashed a 9.95. The freshman, who doesn't wear grips, edged Lothrop (9.90) for the bar title. Utah scored a 49.325 on the event while USU stumbled to a 48.650 on vault. After two rotations, Utah led 98.775-96.250.
"Usually, bars is my best event," said Dabritz, "But last week I wasn't ready for the pressure. This week, I settled down and let it swing."
The rout continued on the third rotation when Utah tore it up on beam, scoring a 49.275 and taking a massive 148.05-144.20 three-event lead. Robarts led the way with a winning 9.90 routine and four Utes scored 9.85.
The Utes punctuated their efforts on the floor, where leadoff performer Becky Tutka's difficulty-laden routine earned a 9.875, anchor McAllister scored a 9.90 and Dabritz uncorked her 9.975 from the middle of the lneup.
The Utes have a week off before returning to action in the Huntsman Center on Jan. 27 vs. BYU.