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Utah Athletics | February 24, 2014

Fourth-ranked Utah perfectly defeats No. 11 Oregon State with no falls

SALT LAKE CITY -- Capitalizing on the first meet of the season without a fall, No. 4 Utah cruised past No. 11 Oregon State 197.575-196.450 to improve to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the Pac-12. .

The biggest step was taken by Georgia Dabritz, who scored a season-high 9.875 on the beam in just her second beam routine of the year. Her big beam helped Dabritz win the all-around with a 39.625 for her first all-around win this season and the fourth of her career. Tory Wilson placed second with a 39.500.

One event prior, Dabritz stayed unbeaten on the uneven bars, where she is ranked No. 1 in the nation, scoring a 9.95 to win the event and move to 7-0 on the season. Utah won every event title with Kailah Delaney and Tory Wilson tying for first on vault (9.95), Mary Beth Lofgren winning beam (9.925) and Nansy Damianova taking the floor (9.90).

While Utah's performance on the beam grabbed most of the attention, the Utes were at their best on the vault, where they scored a season-high 49.625, and on bars (49.425).

Becky Tutka and Lofgren helped set up the huge score, nailing back-to-back career-tying 9.90 vaults as Utah's first two competitors of the night. After a 9.80 by Damianova, Utah finished with a bang, getting a 9.95 from Delaney and Wilson and a 9.925 from Dabritz. After one event, Utah already had a big lead over the Beavers, 49.625-49.150.

It was more of the same in round two when Damianova (9.925) and Dabritz (9.95) capped off an impressive 49.425 bar set for the Utes. Heading into their most perilous event, the balance beam, Utah had a 99.050-98.425 cushion.

With both head coaches in the vicinity of the beam--Megan Marsden coaching it and Greg Marsden observing nearby--all six Utes stayed aboard. Lofgren rebounded from last week's fall at Stanford by winning the event with a 9.925 and both Dabritz and Wilson scored a 9.875. After three events, Utah led the Beavers 148.225-147.575.

Utah finished the night with a decent floor set, highlighted by Damianova's winning 9.90 routine and a career-high 9.875 from Delaney. Tutka and Dabritz also scored 9.875s in the 49.350 set.

No. 8 Nebraska wins Masters Classic

The eighth-ranked Nebraska women’s gymnastics team conquered the competition at the 24th Masters Classic Sunday afternoon in the Bob Devaney Sports Center taking down Kentucky (195.200), Wisconsin-Stout (188.650) and Bridgeport (190.350) with a team score of 196.850. Three Huskers swept all four event titles and the all-around to mark the team’s 19th consecutive Masters Classic title. Nebraska improves their overall record to 9-1 on the year and are 3-1 against Big Ten opponents.    

Jessie DeZiel took control of the meet right out of the gates posting an incredible 9.975 on vault to give her the second-highest individual vault score in Masters Classic History. DeZiel went on to tie for top honors on bars (9.90) en-route to the all-around crown with a score of 39.525.

Hollie Blanske and Emily Wong both took a share in the bar title with DeZiel earning a solid 9.90. Wong displayed improvement claiming the beam title hitting a notable 9.925 that ties her career-high score, while also notching another floor title with a 9.925 mark. This score puts her sixth on the top individual floor scores for the Masters Classic.

No. 9 UCLA 196.900, No. 12 Stanford 196.250

LOS ANGELES -- Senior Sydney Sawa scored a perfect 10 on floor exercise, and the Bruins dominated on balance beam in a 196.900-196.250 win against Stanford on Saturday night in Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins scored a season-high 49.525 on balance beam to turn a two-event deficit into a nearly half a point lead, and Sawa's first career 10.0 solidified the UCLA victory over its conference foes, improving UCLA's record to 5-2 on the year.

UCLA began the meet with a season-high 49.4 on vault. After Jennifer Pinches' leadoff score 9.725, Hallie Mossett tied her season-best with a 9.825, and Sawa nailed her vault and scored 9.85. Sadiqua Bynum earned 9.875, and Samantha Peszek and Olivia Courtney closed the rotation with back-to-back scores of 9.925. Stanford fell behind by four-tenths after scoring 49.0 on bars.

The Bruins ran into trouble on bars, scoring just 48.875, taking extra swings and struggling with handstands and landings. Danusia Francis, who had missed the last three meets with a virus, returned to competition and hit her routine for a meet-high-tying 9.825, a score that was also matched by Peszek, who covered nicely for a mistake in her routine. Stanford, meanwhile, scored 49.35 on vault to take over the lead.

Down 98.350-98.275 and headed to the balance beam, the Bruins put together its most impressive balance beam rotation of the season. Mossett started the team off with a career-high-tying 9.875, followed by another career-high-tying mark, a 9.9 from Sophina DeJesus. Courtney scored 9.875, and Peszek hit a near-flawless and difficult routine, scoring 9.95. Francis showed grace, flexibility and moxie in scoring a 9.925. When she knew she would not be unable to connect her sideways side aerial to her dismount without a deduction, she instead landed the aerial and did a different dismount, a backhandspring/layout/full-twist. The first five scores were enough to give UCLA a 49.525, the Bruins' highest beam score since Apr. 10, 2010.

Needing 49.2 on floor to hit the elusive 197 mark for the first time this season, the Bruins fell just short, with two out-of-bounds deductions hurting the team total. With a lineup beseiged by injury and illness, the Bruins received outstanding efforts from Sawa with her perfect 10, DeJesus, who scored a career-high 9.95, and Bynum who tied her career-high with a 9.9. Valiant efforts by an ill Pinches, and Mossett and Courtney, who have had nagging injuries, helped the Bruins score 49.1 on the event and take the team victory.

Courtney won the all-around with a score of 39.225 and tied with Peszek for the vault crown. Peszek placed first on every event in which she participated (vault, bars and beam), and Sawa won floor with UCLA's first perfect 10 on floor in nine years.

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