Stephanie McAllister won the all-around, bars and floor to lead Utah past OSU.
March 2, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY
The No. 7 Utah gymnasts sizzled, fizzled then reignited to beat No. 9 Oregon State 196.575-195.600 before 13,571 pink-clad fans in the Huntsman Center. The Utes, who improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12, were a tale of two teams--starting and finishing the meet with two of their best outings of the season--but crumbling in the middle.
"We're frustrated because for the last three or four meets, we've found a way to not put together a great meet on all four events," related coach Greg Marsden. "We're competing like who we are and that's a young team. If we want to be the team we can be, we have to grow up fast."
Seniors Kyndal Robarts and Stephanie McAllister, who seemed completely unruffled by their teammates' problems, said the team needs to quit paying attention to the early season hype. "I feel like we're not showing our full potential like we did at the beginning of the year," said Robarts. "We're paying too much attention to what the media and the (fan) boards are saying. We know we have a great team and it's like we're trying to prove it to everyone now. We need to get it out of our heads."
Added McAllister, "We're worrying too much about expectations. We just need to have fun and compete the way we are practicing every day in the gym."
McAllister won the all-around for the second straight week, scoring a 39.375, and also won floor (9.95) and tied for first on beam (9.85) with freshman teammate Georgia Dabritz. Robarts threw her second 9.975 vault in two weeks to repeat as a winner on that event. She also had a clutch 9.775 beam routine as Utah's anchor after a fall and a major break earlier in the lineup, and scored a 9.85 on floor. Cortni Beers won the balance beam with a 9.90 score.
Bolstered by Robarts' 9.975 vault, the Utes opened the meet with a season-best 49.425 score on event to give them a nice cushion over the Beavers and their 48.850 on bars. Setting Robarts up with back-to-back 9.925 vaults were Tory Wilson and Kailah Delaney.
The momentum from vault did not carry through to bars, where Utah struggled to a 48.875, counting a 9.55 by Corrie Lothrop after Beers fell. Oregon State didn't take advantage of Utah's woes, scoring a 48.850 on vault. After two events, Utah led 98.300-97.750.
The troubles continued on the beam where Georgia Dabritz, competing to count for the first time, fell twice. Lothrop stumbled hard out of her double back dismount, marring an otherwise great routine, and scored a 9.575. Beers (9.90) and Robarts (9.775) stopped the bleeding and Utah managed to hold on to its lead, 147.150-146.575 after three events.
The Utes finished strong, lighting up the floor for a 49.425 aided by McAllister's career-tying 9.95, Dabritz's 9.925 and a 9.90 from Becky Tukta.
Utah closes out its regular season next Friday, hosting No. 6 Nebraska in Senior Night.