Utah's Dabritz wins uneven bars, falls short of another 10

Utah's Dabritz wins uneven bars, falls short of another 10

Published Apr. 19, 2015 4:53 p.m. ET

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Utah's Georgia Dabritz has a national championship on the uneven bars, just not another perfect 10 to go with it.

The senior won her best event in the individual finals at the NCAA women's gymnastics championships Sunday, scoring a 9.9625 after getting 10s each of the first two days at the national meet.

UCLA's Samantha Peszek, a 2008 Olympian, won the balance beam at 9.95 after tying Florida's Kytra Hunter for the all-around title Friday. Peszek took the beam as a freshman in 2011.

Hunter, the all-around and vault champion as a freshman in 2012, won her fourth individual national title by taking the floor exercise at 9.9625. The Gators won their third straight team championship Saturday, a title they shared with Oklahoma last year.


Stanford freshman Elizabeth Price, an alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, won the vault at 9.9333.

Dabritz had five 10s on bars this season, and helped Utah finish second in the team competition. She was trying to join Georgia's Courtney Kupets (2009) and Alabama's Kim Kelly (1996) as gymnasts with three 10s in the same national meet.

''It's never really the plan,'' said Dabritz, who earned Utah's first national title since 2007. ''It always just kind of happens that way if you hit your routine. I went into tonight hoping that I would do the best I can, like I have the past two nights.''

After Peszek's winning beam routine - the last of the 23-year-old's career - she hugged former Olympic teammate Bridget Sloan of Florida. Sloan, the defending bars champion, was second on the bars and vault Sunday.

''To be able to leave gymnastics and leave the sport that I've done for 21 years in peace and knowing that I've done everything that I could possibly do and be able to have the opportunity to do collegiate gymnastics and also the elite world, I think, checked all the boxes,'' Peszek said. ''I feel good and excited to start the rest of my life.''

Combined with the team titles, Hunter won at least one national championship all four years at Florida. She was dominant on the floor, getting at least a 9.95 in all three routines. That included a meet-best 9.975 in Saturday's team finals.

''It's just definitely an exclamation point on my ending of my collegiate career,'' Hunter said. ''I couldn't be any prouder of myself, just because I've worked so hard just to keep my team together. I've tried to step out of my boundaries and just show a different leadership role.''

Price, the lone individual winner eligible to return next season, won Stanford's first national title since 2010 after tying for the top score on the vault at 9.95 the first two days.

''I think that after doing well in all the days that I definitely proved to myself how well I can do under all these different situations like multiple days in a row,'' said Price, the 2014 American Cup winner while still competing with USA Gymnastics. ''And it definitely helps with my confidence going into today and afterward.''