Georgia Dabritz wins national title on uneven bars

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FORT WORTH, Tex. (ABC 4 Sports) – Georgia Dabritz closed her incredible career in sensational fashion, winning the NCAA uneven bar title with a 9.9625 score and tying for fifth on floor with a 9.9125. Dabritz, who became the first gymnast in NCAA history to score a 10.0 on bars in both the semifinal and Super Six team competition, received a 10.0 from two judges on her routine today.

She becomes Utah’s first NCAA individual champion since 2007, when Ashley Postell won the balance beam title, and is Utah’s first NCAA bar champion since Kristina Baskett in 2006. Dabritz is Utah’s fifth all-time NCAA bar champion, joining Missy Marlowe (1992), Sandy Woolsey (1994), Angie Leonard (1999) and Baskett (2006).

“It feels great to be able to end my career this way,” said Dabritz. “I just wanted to do one last bar routine for me and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. It feels great to be at the top of the group I was competing against. We wanted to win first (as a team), but we are so pleased with second place.”

Dabritz had the best score on bars all three nights of NCAA Championships’ competition, bringing her season win total on bars to 13 in 15 total meets. A Ute won every bar competition this year, with Corrie Lothrop winning the other two.

She finishes her career with seven 10.0 scores on bars, tied for the most in school history with Theresa Kulikowski (1999-2003).

Dabritz, who won two first-team and one second-team All-America awards this weekend, finishes her career as a 16-time All-American, to tie for the second-most All-America awards in Utah gymnastics history (with Kristen Kenoyer). Eight of Dabritz’s All-America awards were earned at the NCAA Championships. The others were awarded for the regular season. All of Kenoyer’s came at the NCAA Championships, as the regular season awards did not begin until 2003.

Qualifying into event finals with Dabritz was freshman Kari Lee, who placed fifth on vault with a 9.875 as the very first vaulter of the competition. Lee also competed on floor, where a step out of bounds resulted in a 9.1625 score and a 14th-place finish. By qualifying into finals, Lee earned first-team All-America status on two events.

“It was so much fun, especially experiencing it with Georgia,” said Lee. “She was right by my side supporting me. I was a little gassed at the end of floor exercise. I was pretty tired competing for three straight days, but for my first nationals, it was great! I saw a lot of people come up to Georgia and say, ‘you are so perfect.’ Everyone respects her because she is so consistent on every event all the time.”

With Dabritz’s bar championship and her and Lee’s fifth place finishes on floor and vault, respectively, It marks the first time since 2009, Utah placed two gymnasts in the top five in event finals.

Receiving second-team All-America honors were Lothrop in the all-around and on bars, Kassandra Lopez on bars and Samantha Partyka on vault. Lothrop finishes her career as an eight-time All-American (seven coming at the NCAA Championships), while Lopez and Partyka are first-time honorees.

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