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Utah's gymnastics program has churned out some of the best gymnasts the sport has seen, from Melissa Marlowe, to Ashley Postell to Theresa Kulikowski and many others.
But it's arguable that none has had the kind of finish Georgia Dabritz is having.
The Utah senior won the Pac-12 all-around title with a career high 39.775, won the floor championship, was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of he Year and won everything at the NCAA regional championships by scoring 9.95 on all but the balance beam, which she won with a 9.9.
That postseason performance is comparable to two others in Utah history. In 2008, Postell won everything at the regional championships except for the vault, and in 1992, Marlowe won all but the vault at the NCAA Championships.
Marlowe's performance helped her make history that year as she became the first gymnast to win the Honda Broderick Cup, which goes to the nation's top athlete. But even though Marlowe was so successful, she is amazed at the way Dabritz is competing.
"Her consistency is unparalleled by anybody in the country," Marlowe said. "She's the Michael Jordan of grace under fire. The part I love the most is that she has gotten better every year for the past four years. She came to Utah as a top recruit nationally, but she's leaving as an NCAA legend."
Even Dabritz is a little shocked at the finish she is having as she reflects on her career, which comes to a close at the NCAA Championships beginning April 17 in Fort Worth, Texas. As in the past, she knows she must have some great performances for the Utes to contend for the title, but unlike the past, she has learned to deal with that pressure better, she said.
"I've always struggled in the postseason," she said. "I think I've always tried hard to be so perfect for the team that I struggled. This year, I'm just having a lot of fun out there."
The self criticism of her past efforts is a little harsh, considering she has hit 173 of her 184 routines in her career, previously winning four Pac-12 titles (vault, floor and bars twice) and has 13 All-America awards, not to mention leading the Utes in wins every year of her career totaling 83 to date to rank sixth for the most in school history. Postell (2005-08) holds the record with 120.
It is an impressive career for the Utes' two-time MVP, but she lifted her game to a new level this year, not only physically but mentally too.
Balance beam has always been a struggle for Dabritz, but this year she overcame her inconsistency to not only earn a spot in the lineup but win the region title.
"That shows how far she has come," said teammate Corrie Lothrop. "When you are at this level, gymnastics is more about the mental side than physical and she has worked hard to get to this point."
The Utes didn't cut her any breaks either, making her earn her spot rather than just sliding her into the lineup so she could go all-around. Utah co-coach Megan Marsden said Dabritz's ability to turn her weakness into a winning effort is what sets her apart. She didn't just remain a great gymnast in college, she got better.
"She has gone off the charts in terms of champion mode," Marsden said. "The progress she has made on that event to where she can just walk through her beam routine, she is just on top of things now."
Dabritz has worked hard to be a good leader, too, something one doesn't always find in elite gymnasts. Most spend their pre-college careers focused on themselves since it is an individual sport at the younger age groups. They enter college new to the team aspect and never really figure out how to adjust to a team philosophy.
Dabritz has been different, working to become a vocal leader for her team.
"She is always there for us," Baely Rowe said. "She is always making sure everyone is doing their job and is there for us talking before routines and things like that. I've always looked up to her but she has definitely stepped up for us."
Becoming that kind of outspoken leader is something Dabritz wanted to do.
"Others did that for me when I first came here," she said. "They took me under their wing and showed me the way of how to do things."
But by all accounts Dabritz hasn't just taken her teammates under her wing, she has pushed them out of the nest at times too.
When things were falling apart at the recent regional championships, it was Dabritz and Lothrop who pulled their teammates aside and talked to them one on one, getting their minds back in line so they could rally to finish second and qualify for nationals.
Without those actions, it's very likely the Utes would be at home this weekend.
"She has stepped outside her comfort zone," Marsden said. "It is easy to be the leader when things are going great and be all fluffy, but when the group has needed their butts kicked she has done it."
Dabritz is so mindful of the team she cringes when asked about her own chances at the NCAA Championships. Utah hasn't had an individual champion since Postell won the balance beam in 2007. The Utes' last all-around champion was Theresa Kulikowski in 1999.
The way she is competing now, Dabritz has a realistic chance at competing for a title in every event. A big showing next week would definitely solidify her place among Utah's greats something that makes her blush at the thought.
"I've never thought of myself like that," she said. We've had so many great gymnasts here like Kristina Baskett and Ashley Postell, they were amazing. But they were dependable for their teams, too, and that is the way I want to think of myself when my career is finished."
Others though, already believe she has established her legacy in just helping the Utes reach the NCAAs.
"She has moved up every little level of the ladder of things she has needed to do here in the course of her career," Marsden said. "She is standing on the top of the mountain right now and it's fun to be a part of all of it. It's incredibly cool."
Georgia Dabritz file
Career to date: 13-time All-American … 2013 NCAA uneven bars runner-up … Six-time Pac-12 champion … 2015 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year … 2015 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year … Two-time Utah co-MVP … Enters the NCAA Championships ranked No. 1 on the uneven bars with a 9.975 average … Has three 10s this season and has won the event title nine out of 11 times … Her 39.775 Pac-12 all-around score was the fifth best sore in school history … Eight-time NCAA Regional champion
Listed by number of All-America awards:
20 • Ashley Postell (2005-08) - Only gymnast to ever win the maximum number of All-American honors.
16 • Kristen Kenoyer (1990-93). Won 1992 NCAA vault title.
14 • Theresa Kulikowski (1999-2003). Three-time NCAA champ
13 • Amy Trepanier (1992-95). Won Utah's Most Inspirational Gymnast award in 1994.
13 • Georgia Dabritz (2012-15). Ranked No. 1 on the uneven bars.
12 • Kristina Baskett (2006-09). 2006 NCAA uneven bars champion.
12 • Missy Marlowe (1989-92). 5-time NCAA champion.
12 • Megan McCunniff (Marsden) (1981-84). Won the national. all-around title in 1983, 84.
NCAA Gymnastics Championships
P April 17-19, at Ft. Worth, Texas
• Opening rotation is listed after the team.
Afternoon (noon MDT) • Utah (balance beam), Florida (bye/floor), Stanford (bye/bars), UCLA (floor), Michigan (bars), Georgia (vault)
Evening (6 p.m. MDT) • Oklahoma (bye/floor), Oregon State (bye/bars), Alabama (floor), Auburn (bars), LSU (vault), Nebraska (balance beam)
• Top three teams from each session move on to the Super Six competition on Saturday. The top four individuals from Friday's sessions compete in the individual championships on Sunday.