Looking back at all Utah athletes from the 2014-15 year, it is hard to find someone who exemplified the term student athlete more than outgoing senior Georgia Dabritz. Not only was she an amazing athlete that goes down as one of the best gymnasts ever to take the floor at the Huntsman Center, but she was also an amazing student in the classroom. The senior from Newburyport Massachusetts topped off a decorated collegiate career with her best season to date this past year. Her leadership, numerous accolades, and success in the classroom place her near the top of our list of best athletes of the 2014-15 year.
Dabritz headed into her senior season after three years of experiencing success with the Red Rocks. An impact contributor from the time she set foot on campus, Dabritz had already earned a slew of accolades before the season even began. She was the 2012 Pac-12 freshman of the year, a 5 time all american, Pac-12 specialist of the year in 2014 and had been named to the Dean's list and honor roll three years running. With her senior season approaching, 2014-15 was Dabritz's opportunity to finish her collegiate career off with a bang.
Finishing her career at Utah with a bang is exactly what she did. The senior with the nickname "No Grips Dabritz" (she did not use grips on the uneven bars) somehow outdid herself once again in her senior season. She was named team co-captain and went on to hit 52 of 55 routines during the season. She won Pac-12 special performance of the week twice and Pac-12 gymnast of the week four times. She won bars in 13 of 15 meets and scored a perfect 10 on bars five times during the year.
In the postseason, she was the Pac-12 all-around and floor champion, and she won the all-around title and every event title at the NCAA regional meet. In the NCAA Super Six, she recorded the highest score in all-around at 39.70, in vault at 9.975, and in bars with a 10.0. She was the first gymnast in NCAA history to score a 10.0 on bars in both the NCAA semifinal and Super Six, and she won bars all three nights of the NCAA Championships, finishing as the NCAA Individual champion on bars. She stepped up when teammate Tory Wilson went down with an injury in the Pac-12 championships, and led the Red Rocks to within five one hundredths of a point from an NCAA championship, finishing second by the slimmest of margins.
Dabritz racked up plenty of awards in her final season on the hill. She was awarded the Tom Hansen conference medal, received the AAI Award for Senior gymnast of the year as well as being named Pac-12 gymnast of the year and Pac-12 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was a 1st team Pac-12 All-Academic, NACGC Scholar All-American, made the Dean's list and honor roll for her fourth straight year and was Utah gymnastics MVP.
Georgia Dabritz leaves the University of Utah as one of the school's most decorated athletes, regardless of sport, and with a degree in Health, Society and Policy. She saved her best season for last, and leaves Utah having hit 182 of 194 career routines, a three time Pac-12 All-Academic, and a 16-time All-American, tied for second most All-American awards all time for a Utah gymnast. Her nine career perfect 10 scores tie her for third in school history and her seven career 10 scores on bars tie her for first all time in Utah history. Dabritz serves as an excellent example of what it truly means to be a student athlete and appears to have a bright future ahead of her in whatever direction she chooses to pursue.