So what to do? Coach Megan Marsden admits the decision isn't an easy one.
"Kari has been pulling on our sleeve wanting a chance to prove that she was ready for the floor, and it was a great moment for her," Marsden said. "She has us thinking. Do we make that adjustment?"
The Utes were hesitant to use Lee in the floor lineup earlier in the season because she was recovering from the Achilles tendon tear she suffered on the event last year.
However, she obviously is recovered, and the Utes must score every tenth they can to win titles.
The advantage of using Lee is she is a veteran who can earn high marks under pressure. On the other hand, the Utes know what they can get from the others, and there is the question of whether it is worth the risk of injury to Lee by including her in the floor lineup.
What is making the decision even more difficult is that Lee not only is capable of performing floor routines, but she probably is better than she was her freshman year, Marsden said.
"I think in the time off she thought a lot about it and what she needed to do to improve herself," Marsden said. "She wasn't able to do a lot of the training because of the injury, but to make drastic changes, she thought a lot about the technique."
Lee has been contributing on the other three events almost all season, but she said competing on the floor was her goal to prove she is as good, if not better, than she was before the injury.
"I know the coaches wanted to keep me back a little bit because the injury was so intense, and I know there was a time when I pushed too much, but floor has always been the make-it-or-break-it event for me," she said. "It's always been in my head to get back on floor."
Lee wouldn't mind staying in the lineup, but she understands if the coaches decide to go back to their other options.
"It would be great to be in there, but they may decide they need me more for regionals and nationals and on the other three events," she said. "I'm glad I'm back. Both Megan and Tom [Farden] thought it would be this March before I would be back, and that is exactly what happened."
Now it's up to the coaches to decide what happens next.
When • Saturday
Where • Stanford
Session 1 • California, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, 2 p.m. MDT
Session 2 • UCLA, Utah, Oregon State, Washington, 7 p.m. MDT
TV • Pac-12 Network