April 20, 2013
Three Utah gymnasts will compete for NCAA individual event championships Sunday at 1 p.m. PT (2 p.m. MT) in Pauley Pavilion. Nansy Damianova qualified on bars and floor, Georgia Dabritz on bars and Tory Wilson on vault. Qualification for individual event finals took place during Friday's team semifinal competition.
The top four individual placers from each of the two semis--including ties--qualify into the finals and are first-team All-Americans. Wilson is one of 24 finalists on vault. Fortunately, the rules changed this year and each gymnast will perform just one vault versus two in previous years. There will be three heats of eight and Wilson will compete in the third heat as the 23rd contestant.
Dabritz and Damianova didn't fare as well on their draw for the 10-member uneven bar field. Dabritz is the very first competitor and Damianova is up second. Damianova will perform from the ninth position on floor, which has 12 competitors and two heats of six.
This year's format has the vaulters and bar workers starting first, with two vaulters performing to every bar competitor. When those events are completed, the beam and floor entrants will alternate routines.
Dabritz, a sophomore, is the only of the three Ute qualifiers with individual event night experience. Last year, she made the vault field. She also earned first-team All-America honors in the all-around on Friday, placing seventh across both sessions, and now has three career All-America honors. Wilson, also a sophomore, increased her All-America portfolio to two with her first-team status this season. Last year, she was a second-team All-America vaulter. Damianova's two All-America awards are both from this season. She is a junior.