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Red Rocks Continue Their Roll in Seattle 197.025-195.650

No. 3 Utah gymnastics cruised past Washington on the road, despite the first fall of the season from all-around sensation Georgia Dabritz.

Georgia Dabritz suffered her first fall of the season on beam in Seattle, but Utah still beat Washington on their home floor.
Georgia Dabritz suffered her first fall of the season on beam in Seattle, but Utah still beat Washington on their home floor.
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The No. 3 Utah gymnasts remained undefeated on the season (8-0) and in Pac-12 meets (4-0) , easily defeating No. 17 Washington 197.025-195.650. Utah has now faced five ranked teams in six meets and defeated them all.

Even after Georgia Dabritz fell from the second position on the balance beam in the final rotation, Utah had room for a few balance checks.

"We didn't handle Georgia's fall (on beam) very well," said coach Greg Marsden. "That's the first time we've been in that situation this season and we got a little tight. We didn't fall apart though and it gives us something to work on."

It was the first fall of the season for Dabritz, who won bars with a 9.925 and floor with a 9.90, while placing second on the vault with a 9.925. Kailah Delaney knocked Dabritz out of first place on vault with a 9.95 for her first victory of the season.

Marsden didn't see a lot of work to do on two events--vault, where Utah placed five gymnasts in the top six, and floor, where all six Utes finished ahead of the first Husky.

"In my opinion, that's the best we've done on vault and floor all year," said Marsden. "Every meet is judged differently, so we need to concentrate on what we are doing."

In a tightly-scored floor set, the Utes still put up a 49.30, led by Dabritz's 9.90 and 9.85s from Tory Wilson, Kari Lee, Becky Tutka and Corrie Lothrop.

There were good marks on beam as well, even with balance checks from both Kari Lee and Baely Rowe. Immediately following Dabritz's tumble, freshman Maddy Stover did a walk-through routine that earned her a career-tying 9.875. Also scoring a 9.875 was Lothrop from the sixth position.

When Delaney scored a 9.875 as an exhibition performer on beam, Marsden quipped, "Shoot, I should have had her in the beam lineup tonight. She had arguably the best routine of the night."

Utah got off to a nice start to the night on the bars, where a solid set scored a 49.250. Dabritz won her fifth bar title of the season, scoring a 9.925, and Kassandra Lopez checked in with a 9.875.

Utah is home next Saturday for a 7 p.m. meet with No. 16 Stanford in Short People Appreciation Night.