Daria Bijak's 9.90 helped the Utes to a season-high on the beam.
March 9, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY -
The Utah gymnastics team had No. 1 Florida on the ropes after three events, but couldn't stay inside them at the end, losing 197.050-196.725. The Utes, who took a 147.900-147.750 lead after their best balance beam showing of the year, simply needed to stay on their feet and inbounds to hand the Gators their first loss of the year. Instead, three Utes landed outside the lines and another fell on her final element.
The din from the upset-hungry crowd of 12,202 in the Huntsman Center was so loud when Utah took the lead that Florida gymnasts were plugging their ears by the balance beam. But rather than rattle the Gators into any mistakes, it was the home team making the blunders.
Even with the disappointing finish, the Utes continued to show progress while tying their best score of the year. On floor, the mistakes that occurred were aggressive and energetic. On the other three events, Utah equaled or exceeded Florida, which also had some issues on the floor, but not as many as the Utes.
Ashley Postell thoroughly entertained the exuberant crowd, with her only mistake of the night on the floor, where she couldn't quite keep her high-flying triple twist inbounds. She still won the all-around, with a 39.525, and three events. Postell was part of a five-way tie for first on the vault (scoring a 9.875) that included teammate Kristina Baskett. She ran her victory streak to three after tying for first on bars with Nicole Ford (9.925) and winning beam solo with a 9.95.
Ford's return to the lineup on two events provided a big boost for the Utes. After missing the previous meet with an ankle injury, Ford responded with a 9.925 on the bars and a 9.825 on the beam. If her ankle continues to improve, she should return to the all-around lineup next Friday at Oregon State.
Also returning to action after a two-meet hiatus was freshman Annie DiLuzio, who tied her career-high on vault (9.85), but fell at the end of her floor routine, after previously stepping out of bounds.
Daria Bijak exemplified Utah's overall night, scoring a 9.85 on the bars and then erupting for a career-high 9.90 beam routine. But she couldn't control a pass in her trick-filled floor routine and settled for a 9.70.