Utah Utes gymnastics: Ute Baskett scores with 3 of a kind

By Linda Hamilton

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, April 19 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

She said it has her already thinking about next season. "Oh yes, I'm here watching the routines, and I'm like, 'OK, what am I going to change, upgrade for next year?' So it's a great motivation."

Most gymnasts prefer to perform late in the lineups because judges seem to hold their bigger scores until they've seen much of the field. Bijak has always liked going early so she doesn't cool down after warmups.

But even that may change next season. She is apparently warming up to going later in the Ute lineup so she can have a chance to score better with her unique routines.

"I was joking about that with Greg)," she said.

"I think I've learned so much this season, with being further up in the lineup (third in the Ute floor lineup this season) — and with being more confident in what I'm doing I can handle that next year."

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