Pac-12 gymnasts perform well in NCAA individual event finals
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Nine Pac-12 gymnasts competed in the NCAA Individual Event Finals Sunday, April 21 in Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. Utah's Georgia Dabritz earned the Conference's best result of the day, a tie for second place finish on the bars.
For each event there were six judges. The highest and lowest scores were tossed out and the remaining four were averaged for the competitor's final score.
The competition began on vault and uneven bars. Courtney started the entire competition as the first vault competitor, earning a score of 9.9167. Her UCLA teammates Kaelie Baer, Vanessa Zamarripa and Lichelle Wong also participated in the vault final. Baer tallied a 9.9083, Zamarripa earned a 9.900 and Wong scored a 9.7833. Utah's Tory Wilson garnered a 9.8917. Stanford senior Nicole Dayton rounded out the Pac-12 portion of the vault final, scoring a 9.8583. Courtney and Baer placed third and fourth, respectively. Zamarripa tied for fifth. Wilson tied for eight, Dayton tied for 14th, while Wong placed 22nd.
Pac-12 competitors also kicked off the bar competition with Utah sophomore Georgia Dabritz competing first. Dabritz scored a 9.90 to tie for second place. She was joined in the event by teammate Nansy Damianova who competed in the third slot and scored a 9.8215 to place ninth.
Just three Pac-12 competitors participated in the second half of the individual event finals. UCLA's Danusia Francis was the Conference's lone gymnast on beam and went last in the competition. Francis earned a 9.3250 after falling off the beam, finishing in eighth place.
Damianova and Courtney both qualified for the floor final, the second final of the day for each competitor. Damianova went ninth and scored a 9.875. Courtney had the opposite lineup position from the vault final and was last to go on floor. The junior scored a 9.7750 to place 11th.