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Top 10 2014-15 Utah Athletics storylines: #8 - Georgia Dabritz wins individual NCAA title in uneven bars

Utah senior gymnast, Georgia Dabritz, captured the 2015 NCAA title in uneven bars, ranking #8 in our top 10 storylines of 2014-15.

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Heading into the individual events portion of the NCAA gymnastics national championships, eyes were on Utah’s Georgia Dabritz on the uneven bars. This was the senior's from Newburyport, Massachusetts, last chance to win a national title in the event she had dominated throughout her career. She had come close to capturing the title in the past, finishing as runner up in 2013, but the title continued to elude her. Now a senior in the final competition of her collegiate career, this was her moment.

Dabritz was the favorite heading into the competition. She had finished the regular season ranked no. 1 on uneven bars and had just been named AAI gymnast of the year, an award given by the nation's coaches and the gymnastics equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. In addition, she had just finished posting not one, but two perfect ten scores on the uneven bars during the team competition. Still, in order to win she would need to beat out last season’s national champion, Bridget Sloan of Florida and Brittany Rogers of Georgia.

It looked like fate might have other plans for Dabritz as during a practice session when the bars splintered, leaving fiberglass slivers in Dabritz hands. The bars were repaired prior to the competition, however, and despite a pair of beaten up hands, Dabritz showed no worse for the wear.

Dabritz did not match her perfect scores from the team competition, but finished with a score of 9.9625 to capture her first national title in the uneven bars, edging out Sloan and Rogers who both scored in the 9.5s. Dabritz became the Utes' first individual champion since 2007, when Ashley Postell won the balance beam title and the first uneven bars title since Kristina Baskett won in 2006.

For Dabritz it was the culmination of a career in which she will go down as one of the best gymnasts in Utah history. She finishes as an eight time NCAA Regional champion, six-time Pac-12 champion, two-time Utah co-MVP and 3 time Pac-12 all academic.

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