Georgia Dabritz's runner-up finish on bars is Utah's best event finish since 2008. (Photo by Cameron Linford).
April 21, 2013
Utah sophomore Georgia Dabritz is the 2013 NCAA runner-up on the uneven bars after scoring a 9.90 and tying for second place on the final day of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships. Nansy Damianova placed eighth on floor (9.875) and ninth on bars (9.8125), and Tory Wilson tied for eighth on vault (9.8917). Wilson's finish came in a huge 24-member vault field (more than double the competitors in any other event).
Dabritz's runner-up finish on bars is Utah's best individual event finish since 2008, when Ashley Postell placed second on beam and Kristina Baskett was second on vault. It is Utah's best bar finish since Baskett won the 2006 NCAA bar championship.
"It's pretty amazing that score held up," marveled Dabritz, who was the first performer of the night and had to wait through nine other competitors on bars before securing her silver medal. "Second place is great. I'm more than happy. Tying an Olympian (Florida's Bridget Sloan) isn't bad either," she laughed. Florida's Alaina Johnson won the event with a 9.9125.
"I thought Georgia's score might hold up since it was a very good routine," said Utah coach Greg Mardsden. "This was a big step forward for Georgia. I was really impressed with how well she handled (event finals) this year compared to a year ago. She has matured a lot."
Dabritz, who competed in vault finals last year as a freshman said, "This year was more fun because I learned to enjoy it."
Competing in event finals for the first time in her career, junior Damianova said, "There was no team pressure so it was kind of different. It was great to come back and compete (after Utah failed to advance to team finals) because I like competing."
Utah will return all 13 members from this year's NCAA championships' qualifier next year, including nine All-Americans--two whom who missed most or all of this season with injuries (Corrie Lothrop and Kailah Delaney). The returning All-Americans for next season (career All-America awards in parentheses) are: Lothrop (5), Dabritz (3), Damianova (2), Wilson (2), Delaney (1), Hailee Hansen (1), Breanna Hughes (1), Mary Beth Lofgren (1) and Becky Tutka (1).
Lothrop, Dabritz, Damianova, Delaney, Lofgren and Wilson are all first-team All-Americans, while Hansen, Hughes and Tutka are second-team honorees. Including regular season All-America honors--an award that began this year--Dabritz is a four-time All-American, Wilson owns three awards and Tutka two.