In her final Huntsman Center appearance, senior Kyndal Robarts won the floor exercise with a 9.90.
April 7, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY--
The streak lives on for another year. By winning the NCAA Salt Lake Regional, the 2012 Utes advance to a record 37th-straight national championship (31st NCAA). Advancing with the Utes was Nebraska, and if early indications hold true, the two rivals will meet again in Duluth, Ga., on April 20 in NCAA Championships semi-final action.
Utah, which hit 24-of-24 routines, scored a 196.825 to beat the Huskers (196.525), Minnesota (194.800), Arizona State (194.400), San Jose State (193.400) and Iowa State (193.150). The Utes wrapped up first place on the balance beam, where two weeks ago falls by Mary Beth Lofgren and Kassandra Lopez cost them the Pac-12 Championship.
This time around, Lofgren and Lopez not only hit their routines, they tied for second place, scoring 9.825s. Utah claimed two regional titles with Georgia Dabritz winning bars (9.90) and Kyndal Robarts capturing floor (9.90) in her final Huntsman Center appearance. Other podium finishes for the Utes included second-place medals on vault (Kailah Delaney), bars (Lopez), and a pair of bronzes from Stephanie McAllister on floor and in the all-around.
Utah began the meet on a bye, before blasting out a 49.325 floor set that held up as the best floor score of the night. The topper was Robarts' winning 9.90 routine at the end of the lineup. It was a career-tying routine for Robarts, who was moved from her normal position third to sixth.
In round two, the Utes kept the momentum, scoring a 49.225 on the vault, aided by Delaney's 9.90. At the half, Utah led Nebraska 98.55-98.10.
Freshmen Lopez (9.875) and Dabritz (9.90) highlighted Utah's 49.025 bar set, which followed its final bye. After three rotations, the Utes led Nebraska 147.80-147.25 and only the beam stood in the way of a trip to the NCAA Championships.
By the time Lopez mounted the beam as Utah's final competitor of the night, the Utes had already clinched the regional title and her second-place finish was icing on the cake.
After the meet, Megan Marsden was announced as the NCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year.