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Utah gymnastics: Red Rocks junior Georgia Dabritz enjoying a special season

By Melissa Yack

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, April 2 2014 8:03 p.m. MDT

Utah's Georgia Dabritz performs on the floor as Utah, BYU, SUU and Boise State compete Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in the Huntsman Center. Dabritz will help lead the Utes in their upcoming NCAA regional meet.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah gymnast Georgia Dabritz is having one of those seasons.

She’s won 22 event titles this year, including victories on vault, bars and floor at the Pac-12 championship meet two weeks ago. She was named the specialist of the year by the league’s coaches, and just earned first-team All-America honors on bars and floor and second-team honors on vault.

Dabritz leads the country on bars and is third on the floor. She was the NCAA runner-up on bars last year, and has only lost one time on the apparatus this year.

But while the accolades and successes continue to pour in for the junior star, she’s the first to admit there is still a lot of work to be done with NCAA regionals ahead on Saturday and NCAA championships later this month. So to keep herself focused on the end prize, Dabritz has instilled a forget-about-the-last-meet-and-move-on mentality.

“I am getting really good this year at forgetting about the last performance and moving on to the next one. As sad as that is, you have to do that in this sport to maintain a constant routine level throughout the season," Dabritz said.

She admits the approach is working but is quick to assure that she’s also having a lot of fun and is enjoying the moments that are the building blocks for the season.

“My confidence has improved so much this year from the first two years,” said Dabritz. “Getting the 10.0s has really helped that.”

Dabritz has recorded 10.0s on both the bars and floor this season. Interestingly enough, the scores came away from home, which some would say is harder to do since you don’t have the home crowd cheers to persuade the judges. One of the 10.0s came at the Pac-12 championships, meaning the junior is going to have to be at her best Saturday at regionals to equal her last bars’ outing.

When the Massachusetts native committed to Utah, co-head coach Greg Marsden knew he was getting a talented gymnast. Dabritz was the 2011 junior Olympic all-around champion. The only question was whether she could hit her routines regularly.

“When she was in the elite scene, the struggle was just with consistency,” said Marsden. “We felt in the collegiate environment some demands were less, and we could back off just a little bit and really focus on the things she was comfortable with in herself.

“She has really blossomed over the past couple of years. She is so relaxed and so confident in her abilities in any situation. One remaining thing we are going to resolve, because we have one more year, is getting her there on beam.

It is no secret Dabritz hasn’t carried over the consistency in other events to beam. But it is also no secret that if she does steady herself on the discipline, she’s as good of an all-arounder as there is in the country.

Dabritz admits she’s still working on beam, and credits her teammates for being supportive through the process. She also would rather talk about her teammates’ success as she credits them for pushing her. The feeling is reciprocated by her teammates, including Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year and all-around champion Tory Wilson.

“When I came into this program, I really looked up to Corrie (Lothrop) and Georgia and all they had done before coming here,” said Wilson. “Now having them as my teammates is so fun and pushes me to get better.”

Dabrtiz and Wilson have paced Utah all season, with Wilson second only to Dabritz with 12 individual wins. The duo looks to lead Utah Saturday in the NCAA regionals, where the top two teams will advance to the NCAA championships April 18-20.

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