Corvallis, Ore. » One of the slightest changes in the vaulting lineup made one of the biggest impressions for the Utes on Friday night in their 197.05-196.65 win over Oregon State.
Annie DiLuzio was moved to the end of the vault lineup in place of Kristina Baskett so she could experiment with a new vault if everyone else hit. With big vaults going before her, DiLuzio got the green light and earned a 9.925 for the one-and-a-half.
Previously she was performing a full.
"She's an incredible vaulter, but she always had too much momentum," Utah coach Greg Marsden said. "She always landed then took a big step back because she couldn't control that power."
In general, the one-and-a-half is thought to be more difficult, but it's easier for DiLuzio and ultimately better for the Utes.
"To have her in the lineup doing that vault is going to be a good thing for Utah and for her," Marsden said. "She can be very competitive at NCAAs with that vault."
Wearing a statement
Utah's gymnasts are not only talking about their expectations and the confidence they have in themselves this season, but they're also showing it too.
Seniors Baskett and Nina Kim had T-shirts made for the team that sport the slogan, "New year, our year" on the back.
Baskett said the team wants to be more aggressive in its thinking that Utah can win a national title, and wearing the shirts is a good reminder of what the team's goal is.
"We are working on having more self-confidence and not being so quiet about it," she said. "It's not like we're trying to make a statement in anyone's face. We truly believe it and if we truly believe in it, there is no harm in showing it. We want to work in believing in ourselves, and the T-shirts are a great reminder we have to live up to it."
Utah's next meet is Friday at home against BYU, Southern Utah and Texas Woman's University. Former Ute All-American Megan Caudle , who is now a dentist in Portland, attended Friday's meet. Cortni Beers earned a 9.625 on the bars in exhibition, and Kyndal Robarts posted a 9.65 on the vault, Gael Mackie had a 9.475 on floor and Stephanie McAllister had a 9.675 on beam.